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  • Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Heder, Jacinda Barrett
  • Directors: Todd Phillips
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Dimensions
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001QHC40U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,770 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) and Billy Bob Thornton (Bad Santa) face off in this "devilishly funny comedy" (Jeffery Lyons, NBC's Reel Talk) by writer/director Todd Phillips (,i>Old School, Starsky & Hutch).

When unlucky loser Roger (Heder) takes a confidence-building class taught by an egomaniacal teacher (Thornton), the two are pitted in an outrageous battle to determine the ultimate guy's goy. When the rivalry spirals uproariously out of control, no prank is too extreme, no insult is over the line, and nothing is off limits.

Featuring Michael Clarke Duncan, Sarah Silverman, David Cross, Jacinda Barrett and Ben Stiller, School for Scoundrels id "uncontrollably hilarious . . . Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder are at the top of their game" (Pete Hammond, Maxim).

Special Features
Alternate Ending
Gag Reel
The Making-Of You Didn't See On TV
Feature Commentary With Writer/Director Todd Phillips And Writer Scot Armstrong
Theatrical Trailer

Customer Reviews

This is very funny movie and the entire family loved it!
L. Campbell
School For Scoundrels is one of those rare movies that gives you exactly what you expected and then a little bit more.
Z. Freeman
Jon Heder is Billy Bob Thornton is perfect as the ruthless teacher.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cathedral of Crane on March 3, 2007
Format: DVD
This movie had its funny moments, although Jon Heder was always better as Napoleon Dynamite than any of these other roles he plays. The concept behind having a "school" that is supposed to teach confidence but really conveys sinister ways in order to reach that confidence was good. I do not recommend the unrated version though. The only reason it is unrated is because Billy Bob says G## D##### about a million times. After a while the curse words get to the point where they are weakening the film and not strengthening it. Then again its just B grade comedy, despite having Ben Stiller in the mix. Okay to rent but definitely little substance to make it part of your collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By English major on October 5, 2006
I had high hopes for SFS, and the early previews ("trailers") I saw were so promising. Jon Heder? Billy Bob Thornton? What could go wrong? As it turned out...quite a bit. I read a review which mentioned that Jacinda Barrett is too bland to be a leading lady, and I wholeheartedly agree. I would NOT recommend this. There were a few laugh-out-loud moments, but they were very few and far between and didn't make up for what happened (or didn't happen) in the interim. All in all, it was a waste of time. One of the few redeeming qualities was the soundtrack, but that didn't make up for that two hours of my life spent watching this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JD on July 18, 2007
Format: DVD
I had high hopes for School for Scoundrels, and that may have added to my eventual disappointment in the film. I should have set my expectations lower but both Thornton and Heder are capable of delivering the laughs - just not in this movie.

The movie's plot, while basic, should have been funny. Heder is a loser with no courage and a panicky/fainting personality. He is sent by a friend who boasts that he's seeing "two Asian girls at the same time" to Thornton (Dr. P.) who teaches a rough class that supposedly stiffens spines and will make its students over into lions for $5000. This revolves around hurting the students, yelling at them (and in the case of Lesher, even raping them). Yup, Michael Clark Duncan (who plays Thornton's assistant) starts out as his usual no-nonsense gruff self and then becomes something more creepy and ugly as the movie winds down. Was the image of Duncan raping these losers supposed to add humor to the story?

Anyway, as we all know from the previews Heder finds the lion within (Thornton's tutelage notwithstanding) and a new competitive side of Thornton emerges. Not to be upstaged by Heder he moves in on Heder's girl (Jacinda Barrett). The movie has been slow up till now, the laughs mild and sparse, but things look like they'll be picking up finally. Heder and Thornton spar for Barrett's attention and give us some genuine laughs, but as soon as it gets going it falls into the realm of the implausible and not-so-very-funny. When Barrett's apartment is broken into and vandalized (supposedly by Heder) there isn't much to laugh at anymore - except maybe that the movie expects us to believe that she can't see through what is happening around her.
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Format: DVD
The '06 release of `School for Scoundrels' is a light, entertaining and well-constructed comedy that will delight the viewer more for its clever plot then outright laughs. Billy Bob Thorton and Jon Heder click on the screen as two rivals competing for the same woman (Amanda played by Jacinda Barrett). I haven't enjoyed a one-on-one alpha-male competition storyline as much as I did this one since the '99 film `Pushing Tin' which coincidentally also included Billy Bob as one of its co-stars.

How can you go wrong with the likes of Billy Bob and Jon? When you're in the mood for something light, but not stupid or insulting this is it.

My Rating: 3 ½ Stars
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kevin J. Loria VINE VOICE on September 30, 2006
One-Upmanship is back!

If you tolerated ROADTRIP, if you found OLD SCHOOL moderately entertaining then you might consider "SCOUNDRELS." Director Todd Phillips, this time assembles Billy Bob Thornton (of BAD SANTA) and Jon Heder (of NAPOLEON DYNAMITE and BENCHWARMERS) for this remake of Robert Hamer's 1960 screen version of Stephen Potter's series of One-Upmanship or Lifemanship books outlining how to win without actually cheating (check them out, written a century ago but still classics).

Heder is Roger NYC meter maid so cowardly he pays the tickets he rights! He can't find it in himself to as out his lovely neighbor Amanda (Jacinda Barrett, of Poseidon). He is refered to enroll in a course converting losers to lions with the ladies, taught by Thornton's Dr. P with the burly assist of Michael Clarke Duncan as Lesher. Other mama's boy misfits enrolled are a "whipped" Horatio Sanz, Matt Walsh and Todd Louiso's obligatory virgin. After Roger proves himself too good a student, Dr. P wants to seduce Amanda to prove he is still in charge, then the One-upmanship begins this-time school is out and student is a master, sortof.

The theme is as classic and as familiar as the books themselves. So are the punchlines. Heder and Thornton (who even takes a shot at ex-Jolie) keep the goofs coming, Ben Stiller adds to the hilarity all too briefly. Overall, sort of mild considering the salsa from Phillips in the past.
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