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  • Summary: John Farley is a self-help author who returns to his hometown only to discover that his mother has fallen in love with his old high school nemesis, Mr. Woodcock. The gruff, no-nonsense gym teacher put John through years of mental and physical humiliation. Determined to prevent history from repeating itself, John sets out to stop his mother from marrying the man who made life miserable for him and his classmates. (New Line Cinema)
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 25
  2. Negative: 7 out of 25
  1. 75
    To laugh at parts of this film would indicate one has a streak of Woodcockism in oneself. But to gaze in stupefied fascination is perfectly understandable. That's what makes Thornton such a complex actor.
  2. Reviewed by: Marc Bernardin
    Uninspired, sure, but sporadically, spasmodically funny.
  3. Mild pleasures are available in Mr. Woodcock.
  4. You can guess how it all ends, but getting there is a repetitious parade of put-downs and smackdowns that suggest you can't go home again - not when your mom's sleeping with a monster from your past.
  5. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    Unfortunately, Mr. Woodcock is funny for exactly five minutes, during which time Woodcock is shown throwing basketballs at boys’ heads and mocking them for having dead parents.
  6. 38
    It goes without saying that the humor is vulgar and juvenile.
  7. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    This one's been sitting on shelves for two years -- never good news -- and you can almost see the dollar signs in the cast's eyes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. MichelleC.
    Sep 14, 2007
    Very funny. Stifler returns!!!!
  2. MikeG.
    Jan 26, 2008
    Great movie. it appears to me that comedy movies almost never get a good score here at metacritic. people take themselves too seriously.plot/situation creates jokes through the entire movie. absolutely is better than average. Expand
  3. ValH.
    Jan 30, 2008
    Surprising movie with heart. Kinda reminds me of the high school days..Lots of food for thought tidbits sprinkled all over the movie, with some slapstick and insult comedy that can be hilarious at time, plus a moral story to boot in the end. i had some reservations before seeing this movie due to the kinda raunchy title and poster.. but I was surprised to find that this movie does have "balls", no pun intended. Expand
  4. THWest
    Sep 14, 2007
    There are a few laugh out loud moments, but it seemed that they were few and far between, and the majority of the jokes just fell flat. You could see how certain scenes/gags could be funny, but the delivery and timing were just way off. The movie is less than 90 minutes long, but it seemed to drag on forever. This was a waste of Thornton and Sarandon's talents. Even Stifler struggled to make me laugh. Expand
  5. Nov 26, 2011
    It was actually rather boring through out and had very little funny parts. The acting was pretty generic and wasnt as good as I expected either. It was just another below average comedy. Expand
  6. DanyelleS.
    Sep 23, 2007
    It just doesn't get off the ground.
  7. SIMONM.
    Sep 14, 2007
    Uuhhhh anyone see School for Scoundrels? yeah that wasn't funny either. Oh wait thats right the ONLY funny movie Billy Bob Thorton was ever in was Bad Santa and that movie is average as is. Save your money, thank god I had a free pass or I'd have been mad as hell. Expand

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