directed by Todd Phillips
USA 2006

 

There is an audience out there for movies about primitive idiots, as Adam Sandler proves year after year after year. Yet, for every Adam-Sandler blockbuster, there are at least twenty duds that don’t quite capture the Sandman’s box-office magic. Personally, I’ve never liked any movie starring Adam Sandler, so I don’t know why his movies make more money than other similar movies (Sandler’s efforts are as bad as all the other primitive-idiots movies).

School for Scoundrels is yet another primitive-idiots movie from Todd Phillips, the man responsible for Old School. (I guess Mr. Phillips likes educational settings.) In School for Scoundrels, Jon Heder plays a loser who takes secret classes from a con artist played by Billy Bob Thornton. In the classes, Thornton instructs his pupils on how to “act like men” and “take what they want”. This ultimately involves--what else?--getting a woman into bed. School for Scoundrels draws inspiration from Fight Club, Tom Cruise in Magnolia, and a bunch of other sources, but the movie never amounts to much. While Billy Bob Thornton is always fun to watch, Jon Heder is so much of a zero that we don’t root for him, even in that routine identify-with-the-protagonist sort of way. The rest of the cast is similarly bland, though Ben Stiller contributes a few chuckles in a cameo. The funniest bits in the movie involve paintball and tennis-ball shots to crotches, though mercifully, the movie doesn’t overuse them. Leaving viewers wanting more is a smart thing to do.

The Unrated Ballbuster Edition seems tame enough to get an R rating from the MPAA, so it’s probably not very different from the theatrical version.

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Theatrical Release: 29 September 2006

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DVD Review: Genius Products (Unrated Ballbuster Edition) - Region 1 - NTSC

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Runtime 107
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Subtitles Optional English and Spanish
Features Release Information:
Studio: Genius Products

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• audio commentary by Todd Phillips and writer Scot Armstrong
• alternate ending
• gag reel
• The Making Of You Didn't See on TV
• trailer
• previews for other movies

DVD Release Date: 13 February 2007
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Comments:

Video:
As is the case with most recent movies, the 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen progressive video transfer is of solid quality, though School for Scoundrels has an undistinguished visual style. As such, this movie won’t be used as demo material, though no one expected it as such anyway.

Audio:
The Dolby Digital 5.1 English track is mostly front-heavy with a few surround and low-frequency effects devoted to music reproduction.

Optional English and Spanish subtitles support the audio.

Extras:
The audio commentary by Todd Phillips and writer Scot Armstrong provides the two with a chance to laugh at their own jokes (from the movie). Unfortunately, they enjoy the material much more than the viewer will.

The Alternate Ending provides a speedier resolution to the movie than the one used in this edition, though a reunion between two lovers is so rushed that the story loses all credibility. “The Making Of You Didn’t See on TV” has some behind-the-scenes footage that isn’t terribly interesting, and the Gag Reel doesn’t generate any laughs. Finally, you get the Theatrical Trailer as well as previews for other movies.

 - Yunda Eddie Feng

 



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