School for Scoundrels
Knocking off a natural history museum is as stupid as this movie.

Theatrical Release Date: 09/29/2006
Director: Todd Phillips
Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Heder, Jacinda Barrett, Michael Clarke Duncan

Will the awkward, likable main character get the girl he’s been pining after for so long? Oh my god, I couldn’t wait to find out… So I skipped it in the theater and waited a few months after it was released on DVD. Blah, Blah Blah …

You know the formula, and this has little to no originality within it. The only thing it counts on is some minor twists and the cast itself. Other than the big three listed above, you’ll recognize the secondary actors of Horatio Sanz, Todd Louiso, Sarah Silverman, and maybe Matt Walsh.

It reminded me strongly of “Anger Management” without Jack Nicholson or the funny cameos. In no stretch of anyone’s imagination is Thornton as entertaining as Nicholson. And even though I’m no Sandler fan, he’s much better than Heder in so many ways. It pains me to say that.

Beyond that, Heder is in such a predicament because he can’t escape being typecast as the overly awkward guy. But he has yet to prove that he can do anything else. There were a few scenes that needed Heder to provide some resemblance of sincerity and confidence. It’s like watching Bush trying to be taken seriously at a global warming conference.

But there were a few humorous scenes here and there. The most annoying part of the movie to me was that Ben Stiller plays the same type of role that Will Ferrell played in “Wedding Crashers.” Hell, Sarah Silverman tries to play the same character as Zooey Deschanel in “Failure to Launch“, but she forgot the main point of being funny.

Saying that makes me realize that this was just a movie made up of scenes, characters and themes from other, more successful movies … There’s even a stolen theme from “Fight Club” (not the rules).

Given that it wasn’t completely its own movie, it still was a little entertaining. More comedy and more originality would have made it more than the 2 that it is.