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School for Scoundrels (Unrated Ballbuster Edition) [HD DVD] (2006)

Billy Bob Thornton , Jon Heder , Todd Phillips  |  Unrated |  HD DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Heder, Jacinda Barrett, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sarah Silverman
  • Directors: Todd Phillips
  • Writers: Todd Phillips, Hal E. Chester, Patricia Moyes, Scot Armstrong, Stephen Potter
  • Producers: Annette Savitch, Bob Weinstein
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dimension Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000K2UH74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,657 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "School for Scoundrels (Unrated Ballbuster Edition) [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

(Comedy) Jon Heder plays an unlucky meter reader who enrolls in a confidence-building class so he can win the love of the girl of his dreams. The class turns out to be something quite different when it becomes clear to the young man that his professor (Thornton), has his sights set on the same girl. "Uproarious…fiendishly funny!" – Rolling Stone, Peter Travers "A+ for laughs and genuine comic smarts" – Maxim, Pete Hammond

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It was okay March 3, 2007
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
3.0 out of 5 stars so disappointing! Jon Heder-you can do better! 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Was this supposed to be funny? July 18, 2007
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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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN'T HELP YOURSELF BECAUSE YOURSELF SUCKS! 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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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 ˝ Stars
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3.0 out of 5 stars I'm of two minds on this one. Some humor mostly annoying
I was very torn when I wanted to write this review. Jon Heder plays Roger who is a loser who takes a self-confidence building course with Dr. P. (Billy Bob Thornton). Read more
Published 29 days ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars "If you're looking for 'Chicken Soup for the Soul' you can just get...
This movie follows the journey of Roger, a shy guy looking to get more out of life, as he unleashes his inner lion to score the girl of his dreams.
Published 1 month ago by Le Lenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond funny!
So funny, I HAD to get the unrated version. This duo together is a laugh riot! If you like clever comedy, this film is for you!
Published 1 month ago by Renee Brillant
1.0 out of 5 stars Winter watch it again
Not that funny waste of my money director could of did better than that not worth seeing it trust me
Published 7 months ago by Dawn Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!!!
This movie is so funny. It's a great comedy. You will be laughing through the whole thing!! Glad I bought it!
Published 19 months ago by Kim Hepner
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Love Love IT!
Billy Bob Thornton and Michael Clark Duncan does it again. This is very funny movie and the entire family loved it!
Published 20 months ago by L. Campbell
3.0 out of 5 stars On a Slow Night
It's worth watching but has some of the recipe movie elements. If you're bored and want a couple of laughs, watch it.
Published 21 months ago by Studio Q, LLC (Consignment)
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite movie!
This movie is funny. 'nuff said! Arrived quickly and was super cheap on amazon. Couldnt pass it up adding it to our DVD collection at home as backup when TV stinks!
Published 24 months ago by Claudia
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good
Billy Bob Thornton and Jon Heder work well together in this off-beat comedy. There are lots of recognizable actors sprinkled throughout the movie and I was pleasantly surprised... Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by blakjak
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
Love this movie! Have watched it a dozen times or more. Heder and Thornton give great performances, and the underdog wins! I recommend it.
Published on July 29, 2011 by blsmtfm1955
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