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School for Scoundrels
Roger is 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. Aided by his assistant, Lesher, 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, who's dying to move out of mother's basement; Diego, a punching bag for his hen-pecker of a wife; and Eli, a shy guy just looking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 25%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's the stuff of simple comedy, but as frat-flicks go it's a return to form for director Todd Phillips."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"It feels as if director Phillips was scrounging desperately for morsels with comic potential and came up empty-handed."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"School for Scoundrels has some solid opportunities for real dark comedy, but blows most of them for maudlin romantic-comedy tripe, and the ones it does go for it never takes far enough."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"...the film remains consistently watchable thanks to Todd Phillips and Scot Armstrong's surprisingly clever screenplay and the uniformly effective performances."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"It's funny at first, but then loses its way so badly that it somehow winds up as a high-tech espionage thriller."
‑ Nicholas Barber, Independent on Sunday
"Things get increasingly dopey in the final act, leading to an incredibly stupid ending, but I have to admit I laughed just enough to recommend School for Scoundrels."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"School for Scoundrels is an exercise in advanced comedic embalming."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Dismal comedy about nerds trying to be cool."
‑ Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
"You might want to sign up for study hall instead."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"Only toward the end of the film do the hostilities reach a level of recklessness with any potential to be funny. If things had started at that pitch and been ramped up from there, Phillips might have had a movie worth making."
‑ Edward Porter, Sunday Times (UK)
"You want it to be over long before the needless epilogue that fills you in on how all these freaks turned out."
‑ , Dallas Morning News
"While the film is demeaned by sight gags aimed at teenage boys, it has a smart center and delightful performances from Heder and Thornton."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"School for Losers would have made a lot more sense."
‑ JoBlo, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"The only link to the original books is the name Dr P given to the foulmouthed teacher of a New York class offering assertiveness training to pathetic nerds. He's played by Billy Bob Thornton, which is rather like casting Burt Reynolds as Bertrand Russell."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"The comic sallies and set-pieces are very much at the wrong end of the bang-whimper spectrum."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
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