School for Scoundrels – Comedy Movies: Short on luck and exploited, a young man enrolls in a questionable class to build his confidence. He hopes to ask an attractive foreign graduate student out on a date. Unfortunately for him, his teacher has the same idea. “Just remember, if you’re not one up on the other fellow, then he’s one up on you.”
Roger (Jon Heder) has low self-esteem, works as a meter reader, is ridiculed by his co-workers and just about everyone else. In his building lives a foreign graduate student Amanda (Jacinda Barrett) who he dreams of dating. His friend tells him about a course taught by Dr. P (Billy Bob Thornton) that could help him overcome his confidence problem. Taking the class he and his classmates realize Dr. P and his assistant Lesher (Michael Clarke Duncan), use some questionable methods of bullying and humiliation tactics. One day Dr. P sees Jon with Amanda and decides he wants to have her also. The fierce rivalry begins as they prank and insult each other trying to prove who is the better man.
Based on the 1960 British film, this is one of those silly comedies that takes embarassment, awkward and “what the hell?” moments to a whole other level. It’s not going to get an Academy Award, but it’s comedic stunts are entertaining. The scenes where they both go at each other are hilarious.
My Rating: 8 out of 10