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What if your mother were about to marry your worst nightmare, the man who tormented your youth, who still haunts your nightmares--Mr. Woodcock? John Farley (Seann William Scott--The Dukes of Hazzard), author of a best-selling book about letting go of the past, violates his own advice when he returns home to accept his community's highest honor. There, he learns, to his horror, that his widowed mother (Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon - Shall We Dance?) is engaged to his old high school gym teacher, Mr. Woodcock (Academy Award winner Billy Bob Thornton--Bad Santa), whose sadistic acts plagued John's youth. Now, abetted by his nerdy old pal Nedderman (Ethan Suplee--The Butterfly Effect), John will stop at nothing to derail the relationship.]]>
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John Farley (Seann William Scott) is a junior high kid who is constantly suffering humiliation by his gym teacher Mr. Woodcock (Billy Bob Thornton). Little John is not the only victim here, but all of the kids from his class suffer by the same demeaning punishment.
Thirteen years has passed and now Farley is a successful writer who has a best selling book called "Letting Go, How to get past your past"--inspired by his childhood memories. As he is traveling around the country promoting his book with his agent Maggie Hoffman (Amy Poehler), he finds out that he just got an award from his hometown. It will be a great opportunity to say hello to his dear mother Beverly (Susan Sarandon) who lives alone--unfortunately John lost his father years ago.
As he gets home to say hello to his mom, he finds found that she is dating no other than his number one nemesis Mr. Woodcock.Read more ›
Also great cast and a story-line that is fresh, yet feels familiar and relatable. I recomend this movie to anyone looking for a cost effective movie experience. With sidesplitting laughs.
The video was very good. Not excellent for some reason, and I don't know why. My eyes could have just been tired, but the video did not look perfect. I would give it a "nine" on a scale from one to ten, with ten being perfect.
The audio was "DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio", and I don't know why. I remember only hearing sound from the surrounds once. There may have been more that I don't remember, but there wasn't much surround sound, so I don't know why they used 7.1. I do have a modern 7.1 system.
The movie itself was okay, but not great.
John Farley (Seann William Scott) has become a fairly well-known author for his acclaimed self-help book and decides to visit his mother, Beverly (Susan Surandon), in his hometown when he learns they wish to present him with a highly prestigious award. Once there he is shocked to discover that his hellishly strict and abusively domineering old gym teacher, Mr. Woodcock (Billy Bob Thornton) has been seeing his mother and they are engaged to be married. Desperate to break up this nightmarish union, John throws his own proverbs of "leaving your past behind" out the window and begins a maniacal campaign to dissuade his mother's interest in Woodcock.
Several recent comedies fall into a plot trap in which the major conflict is so catastrophic that a feasible escape is too unbelievable, and therefore the conclusion is beyond the boundaries of realistic comedy. While Mr. Woodcock's premise is far from fantastical, it does successfully conclude the film satisfactorily without stretching beyond the limits of what is imagined in a sarcastic slapstick film. Nearly everything in the film is done to evoke laughs, so the steady, unfaltering tone lacking seriousness that remains even until the conclusion, is welcome indeed.Read more ›
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This movie made me laugh more than I should have. Definitely a Friday night flick.Published 2 months ago by Booger Bender
TV Guide gave it "1 Star?" Give me a break. This is a classic. Woodcock is a nightmare!Published 8 months ago by Snugglepaw