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Mr. Woodcock (2007)

Taken aback by his mother's wedding announcement, a young man returns home in an effort to stop her from marrying his old high school gym teacher, a man who made high school hell for generations of students.

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Hal - Barber #1
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Fatherless John Farley's youth frustration, even trauma, like many his school kids' in his Nebraska small town home, was the constant abuse and humiliation in sadistic Jasper Woodcock's gym class. After college, doting son John became a motivational bestseller author and returns during a book signing tour to receive the backwater's highest honor. To John's horror, his devoted mother Beverly announces her plans to marry the hated coach and he's to be celebrated on the same event as John. Only ridiculous fatso Nedderman and his strange brother try to help Farley stop Woodcock, but that keeps backfiring. Written by KGF Vissers

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Everyone takes P.E. Few survive. See more »

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Comedy | Romance | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content, thematic material, language and a mild drug reference | See all certifications »

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14 September 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adivina con quién salgo  »

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Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,761,369 (USA) (14 September 2007)

Gross:

$25,769,067 (USA) (2 November 2007)
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Seann William Scott and Billy Bob Thornton both disliked the film. Director Craig Gillespie also hated the end result, due to last-minute re-shoots done with another director (said director went uncredited, leaving Gillespie to take the blame). See more »

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In the bar scene with John and his Agent, she checks her Treo for a message about the Corn Cob Key and then puts it down on the bar. The next shot John has it and he puts it down too. During the rest of the scene, using the same two or three angles, the phone's position changes back and forth. See more »

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Mr. Woodcock: You're going to find out there are alot more important things to know than the capital of Montana. Nedderman, what's the capital of Montana?
Young Nedderman: Helena?
Mr. Woodcock: Who cares? Go run a lap!
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Referenced in The Dame Edna Treatment: Episode #1.5 (2007) See more »

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Treading Water
Written by Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca and Ira Elliot
Performed by Nada Surf
Courtesy of Barsuk Records and EMI Records LTD
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music, EMI France and EMI UK
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More mediocre comedy from Thornton-on-autopilot
1 November 2007 | by (Cornwall) – See all my reviews

Like last year's School for Scoundrels, Woodcock is yet another movie in which Billy Bob Thornton plays a violent dick (no pun intended) and fails to be anywhere near as funny as he should be, thanks to a sloppy, almost laugh-less script. To make matters worse, he's not the only comedian whose considerable talents are wasted on this predictable mess; Ethan Suplee and Seann William Scott, two of the funniest men alive, have nearly nothing to do with their characters. Speaking of predictability, here's a cliché for you: Seen the trailer? Then you've seen the movie. Just about every truly funny part was crammed into the commercials.

I love Bad Santa and all, but it has really done more harm than good seeing as another Thornton-acts-like-a-sociopath-and-gets-away-with-it "comedy" gets released every year. He is an amazing actor and totally wasted on these forgettable carbon copies. I'm not denying that I laughed a couple of times ('cause let's face it, Thornton abusing kids is funny by default) but in the end Woodcock is just a half-baked comedy-drama which is neither hilarious nor touching.


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