School for Scoundrels (2006)

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Film: School for Scoundrels (2006) [PG-13] 100 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $12.75
Where Viewed: Harkins Cinema at Northfield 18, Denver, CO
When 1st Seen: 23 September 2006
Time: 8:10 p.m.

Directed by: Todd Phillips (Starsky & Hutch)
Screenplay by: Todd Phillips & Scot Armstrong
Based on School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating! by Stephen Potter and 1960 screenplay for School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating! By Hal E. Chester & Patricia Moyes

Featured Cast (Where You Might Remember Him/Her From):
Billy Bob Thornton (The Ice Harvest) • Jon Heder (Monster House [voice] & The Benchwarmers) • Jacinda Barrett (The Last Kiss) • Michael Clarke Duncan (Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby) • Sarah Silverman (Rent) • David Cross (She's the Man) • Luis Guzmán (Fast Food Nation) • Todd Louiso (Snakes on a Plane) • Horatio Sanz ("Saturday Night Live") • Ben Stiller (Meet the Fockers)

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"… two hilarious hours of entertainment and stuff every loser should know."
Approximately 100 minutes later, you'd come out having learned all of the tips and tricks in Dr. P's (Billy Bob Thornton) highly anticipated new class, School for Scoundrels. Based on the book, School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating! by Stephen Potter, you will learn by watching Dr. P. and his associate Lesher (Michael Clarke Duncan) transform an entire cadre of losers into lions. He's got Roger (Jon Heder) a NYPD Meter Maid who is such a loser that upon confronting an angry person to whom he's just issued a parking ticket, he ends up getting his parking rover's tires shot out, surrendering his uniform, badge, and new standard issue, black New Balance running shoes, and paying the person's parking ticket. Wow! Now, that's a loser for you. Fortunately, for Roger, he has a good friend names Ian (David Cross) working at the local youth center where Roger has been dumped by three different little brothers in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program. Ian is a graduate of Dr. P.'s program, and look at him now. He used to be a complete loser, and now he manages the entire facility and he's dating two different women. Ian recommended Roger take the course, and now you can too. Again, just follow the three easy steps above and be whisked away from your loser self to a happier, healthier, cooler, new you. Dr. P.'s tried and true methods applied to your life will totally turn you around. You'll watch as Roger and his classmates Eli (Todd Louiso) and Diego (Horatio Sanz) learn to take control of their lives, believe in themselves, gain self-confidence, and move up in the world. You'll see Roger over come his routine panic attacks and make his first date ever with his gorgeous Australian neighbor, Amanda (Jacinda Barrett) despite all efforts to sabotage the relationship by her hyper-jealous roommate, Becky (Sarah Silverman). You'll watch Eli and Diego stop taking crap from others and start dishing it out. In hilarious scene after hilarious scene you'll see Dr. P.'s students on the giving end of the whoopings rather than the other way around. One piece of advice, though, is don't get too good at Dr. P.'s system, like Roger does in the film. Dr. P. is ultra-competitive, and you just might find yourself playing doubles tennis with him, Amanda and Becky, as Dr. P. puts the moves on your new 'girlfriend' using his own methods and claims that he's a famous New York surgeon. Be careful about a sly jab asking her, "What, are you here with your dad?" Could land you in fake jail for trashing her apartment and coming across as a complete stalker. Better to stay in the background. Learn what you need to learn and then get out.

This system, unfortunately, cannot come with a 100% guarantee. Real people are involved, so nothing is fool proof. One thing is for sure, however, even if you come out of the theatre still a loser, you will have had two hilarious hours of entertainment and stuff every loser should know.

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School for Scoundrels (2006) Review-lite [150-word cap]
You are a complete loser perfect for my new program called, "How not to be a loser in three steps." Today, the program is absolutely free.

Three Steps:

1: Acquire payment and a composition notebook.

2: Get your guardian to drive you to the nearest cinema.

3: Buy a ticket for, School for Scoundrels. Watch it taking copious notes.

You'll see all the tricks in Dr. P's (Billy Bob Thornton) new class based on the book, School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating! by Stephen Potter. Learn by watching him and his associate Lesher (Michael Clarke Duncan) transform a cadre of losers into lions including uber loser Roger (Jon Heder), a NYPD Meter Maid who's such a certified loser he pays the ticket himself for an angry illegal parker. You will enjoy and learn as Roger gains the confidence to ask a girl out on a date.

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