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  • Summary: In School for Scoundrels, Jon Heder plays Roger, a beleaguered New York City meter maid who is plagued by anxiety and low self esteem. In order to overcome his feelings of inadequacy, Roger enrolls in a top-secret confidence-building class taught by the suavely underhanded Dr. P (Thornton). Aided by his assistant Lesher (Duncan), Dr. P uses unorthodox, often dangerous methods, but he guarantees results: Employ his techniques and you will unleash your inner lion. (MGM) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 28
  2. Negative: 9 out of 28
  1. 75
    Uproarious and unexpectedly biting.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    This is a modest education-of-a-punching-bag entertainment with a kind of breezily rude compatibility -- a hallmark of sorts for both co-writer/director Todd Phillips ("Road Trip," "Starsky & Hutch") and the wonderful actor assigned to play the self-help instructor from hell, Billy Bob Thornton.
  3. Reviewed by: Christopher Orr
    This crass remake of the 1960 Robert Hamer film is kept alive for a while by director Todd Phillips (Old School), but ultimately succumbs to its weak script and hopeless typecasting.
  4. An inert and muddled mash-up of romantic comedy and theater of stupid cruelty.
  5. 42
    This may be Thornton's most arch, least persuasive performance. With Heder he's a vacant scowl. With Barrett he's a threatening yet toothless Cheshire Cat.
  6. 38
    For all its crudeness, Phillips' tale of men behaving badly is remarkably toothless.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    School for Scoundrels will only leave you scratching your head in bewilderment and might possibly shave off IQ points.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 17
  2. Negative: 9 out of 17
  1. TheCritic
    Oct 9, 2006
    C'mon guys it's supposed to be a comedy and it succeeds... I totally agree w/ Mylon
  2. Luke
    Sep 29, 2006
    Lots of fun. Good cast, lots of good supporting roles. Billy Bob was very credible, Michael Clarke Duncan was superb, as usual. Jon Heder, Sarah Silverman and Ben Stiller all gave worthwhile performances. Silly, but lovable. Expand
  3. MylonS.
    Oct 8, 2006
    Fun movie. Went in with no expectations, but was excited about the cast. We were not disappointed in any way, mostly because we knew it would be (and was intended to be) a "no-brainer" film. Lots of fun - lots of laughs. Critics: lighten up and let a film be what it's supposed to be - entertainment! Expand
  4. ChadS.
    Sep 29, 2006
    We've seen "Annie Hall", and "School for Scoundrels", you're no "Annie Hall". Referencing the 1977 romantic-comedy classic doesn't do this romance-free, comedy-free dud any favors, chiefly because Jon Heder fails to convince us that a girl like Amanda(Jacinda Barrett) could possibly fall for him. Give her someone like Duckie, not Napoleon Dynamite with better hair; or give the girl a flaw like Tourettes Syndrome to help explain why her "I-can-have-any-man-I-want"-potential is wasted on Roger. Billy Bob Thornton picked the wrong project to reprise his Bad Santa-persona. Mean-spiritedness is just mean without the levity of successful humor. Expand
  5. ZardozO.
    Sep 28, 2007
    Like the critics said... Starts off well and then rolls over and plays... dead.
  6. GregA.
    Sep 29, 2006
    Sheesh. What a waste of talent. How did a movie get made with the usually funny Billy Bob Thorton, and great character actors such as Luis Guzman, Sarah Silverman, Tod Louiso, and others not garnishing one laugh amoung them all? It's the screenplay -- everyone is either too dumb to even give the hint of believeability or too nice to make this anything worth laughing at a dark comedy. I didn't want him to get the girl, or anyone to get the girl. I didn't even want the girl to end up happy. None of them had any personality I cared about, except Billy Bob, and even then he changed with requirements of the script, not with anything that seemed logical. And I don't go to these movies for reality, but this was just beyond stupid. Stupid, and worse than that -- boring. Expand

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