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School for Scoundrels
Old School director Todd Phillips takes the reins for an updated remake of the 1960 comedy, this time starring Napoleon Dynamite's Jon Heder as Roger, a lovelorn meter reader who enrolls in a confidence-building class in order to win the love of his dream girl, and Billy Bob Thornton as Dr. P, the scheming, egomaniacal teacher who has designs of his own for the attractive young female. The rivalry soon spins out of control, as pranks and insults fly fast and furiously in a battle to determine the ultimate "guy's guy." ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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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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