Tracy Bennett
Marc Bernardin
September 12, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Mr. Woodcock

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
87 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/14/07
performer
Seann William Scott, Billy Bob Thornton
director
Craig Gillespie
distributor
New Line Cinema
author
Michael Carnes, Josh Gilbert
genre
Comedy

We gave it an C+

A few years ago, a comedy like Mr. Woodcock — in which a self-help author (Seann William Scott) tries to help his mom (Susan Sarandon) realize that her new fiancé (Billy Bob Thornton), the wicked gym teacher of the title, is the scum of the earth — would’ve played fine. Uninspired, sure, but sporadically, spasmodically funny. But in this post-Apatow-the-arrested-development-genius world, it can’t compete. The only thing worth watching is Sarandon, popping in from a classier reality. C+

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