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School for Scoundrels (2006)

Written By Awir Aditya on Friday, June 29, 2012 | 9:42 AM


Genre: Drama/Romance/Comedy

Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Heder, Jacinda Barrett, Michael Clarke Duncan

A depressed and lonely meter reader, Roger (Heder) lacks any form of self-esteem and pride. He is the kind of person who would, if bullied, would pay for somebody else's fines and also give away anything else he had. A friend of his recommended him to visit Dr. P (Thornton) the very same man who helped him gain some self-confidence and motivation. Roger joins the program and is shocked by the absurd tasks that Dr. P and his assistant Lesher (Duncan) make them do. However, as time progresses, the results of the classes start paying off and Roger gains a lot more confidence than he had, so much so, he even asked Amanda (Barrett), the girl he loves, out with him for dinner. Yet, all that glitters is not gold and every medication that doctor prescribes to you will have side-effects. Roger learns horrible things about Dr. P and his past and learns about the side-effects that this therapy would have. The movie shares its name with a 1960 British movie with its storyline being greatly altered. The movie feels very incomplete in many aspects. The humour is negligible, romance hardly exists and the evolution of Rogers image from being a loser to being a winner is not shown with correct progression. A very average movie with average everything else.

Thumbs up: If I think really hard, maybe the slightly interesting story
Thumbs down: Average everything

Rating: 5.8/10
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