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School for Scoundrels

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Todd Phillips

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Plot 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 (Billy Bob Thornton). Aided by his assistant, Lesher (Michael Clarke Duncan), Dr. P uses unorthodox, often dangerous methods, but he guarantees results: Employ his techniques and you will unleash your inner lion. Surrounded by a band of misfit classmates – Walsh (Matt Walsh), who's dying to move out of mother’s basement; Diego (Horatio Sanz), a punching bag for his hen-pecker of a wife; and Eli (Todd Louiso), a shy guy just looking for female companionship – Roger's confidence grows and he makes his way to the head of the class, even finding the courage to ask out his longtime crush, Amanda (Jacinda Barrett). But Roger quickly discovers that star students have a way of catapulting Dr. P's competitive side into high gear. Soon enough, the teacher sets out to infiltrate and destroy Roger's personal and professional life. Nothing is off limits for Dr. P, not even the object of Roger's affection. In order to show Amanda Dr. P's true colors, Roger must rally his new friends and find a way to beat the master at his own game.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 138
  • Fresh: 35
  • Rotten: 103
  • Average Rating: 4.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It feels as if director Phillips was scrounging desperately for morsels with comic potential and came up empty-handed. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Sep 1, 2007

Rotten: It would require a near-lethal injection of nitrous oxide to induce laughter. – Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 1, 2006

Rotten: This time the pace is so weak that long periods go by without even the whiff of a joke. – Kyle Smith, New York Post, Jul 16, 2008

Rotten: Despite the appeal of cobra-eyed Thornton and bunny-nosed Heder, Scoundrels trips early, and often. – Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


billy bob thorton and the always good jon heder make this movie AMAZING click if you agree!!

sweet movie

very underated. This is funny. Actually a good movie. Im being serious

best movie

this was the funniest movie i thought it was hilarious. a must see!

School for Scoundrels
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2006

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