Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Movie review: School for Scoundrels

 Roger is a great guy with a serious lack of confidence. Enrolling in a confidence-building course to win his dream girl sounds like a great idea, until his competitive teacher begins pursuing the same woman.

Billy Bob Thornton (Dr. P), Jon Heder (Roger), Jacinda Barrett (Amanda), Michael Duncan (Lesher), Sarah Silverman (Becky), David Cross (Ian), Matt Walsh (Walsh), Ben Stiller (Lonnie), Luis Guzman (Sgt. Moorehead).

School for Scoundrels begins well enough by introducing us to Roger and his ridiculous lack of confidence. A few more introductions and the plot setup is complete and we are off and running. What follows is a silly and dramatic journey of personal growth that moves along nicely with only a few plot holes. The film finally finishes with the requisite Happy Ever After ending we saw coming after the first 5 minutes.

Acting was decent, and disappointing. The cover art showed Ben Stiller who actually had only a very small role in the film. That said, Thornton delivered well as always. Heder was enjoyable and seemed to work well with others. Barrett was solid, though she felt a bit out of place a couple of times. The remainder of the supporting cast, Guzman in particular, did well.

Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were about what you would expect from a teen comedy with a decent budget. Action scenes were mild but appropriate. Dialogue was good with both solid drama and comedy. Sound and soundtrack were enjoyable.

School for Scoundrels may not be groundbreaking, but it is a solid light-hearted comedy that entertains well. Good choice for family movie night with preens or young teens.

With some mild sexuality, crotch humor, a bit of foul language and mild violence, this should be fine for teens and above.

Released: 2006
Reviewed: 5.19.17
Star rating: 2 out of 5
Genre: Comedy, Teen Comedy

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