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2000s, Comedy - General

School for Scoundrels (2006)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story Possibly books by Stephen Potter, his “Gamesmanship” was a hit in 1960 and resulted in a film “School for Scoundrels” in the same year. When we were young we loved the whole thing.
Writers/Script Todd Phillips, Scot Armstrong
Additional Info The now famous Jim Parsons from Big Bang has a non speaking role as a member of the class.
Director Todd Phillips
Starring Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Heder, Jacinda Barrett, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sarah Silverman, Luis Guzman, Dan Fogler, Ben Stiller
Elevator Pitch A meek parking attendant enrolls in a class to improve his confidence, make him into a winner and help him get the girl, but against all expectations his role model becomes a rival.
Content The parking man is threatened with violence, there are scenes in the class and the activities required of the students. A bit of smart dialogue, a tennis match and other activities as the rivals get to grips with each other. Nothing in the least offensive (I thought, but the IMDb content advisory thought differently).
A View This was quite good fun, and probably passed the six laughs test, although the critics who remember the original Potter books did not like it. It is after all a bit weak. But probaby a watch for nothing, maybe while doing something else.

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