Mr. Woodcock (2007) 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)… 2007-09-14 PG-13 PT87M Comedy Seann William Scott Billy Bob Thornton New Line Cinema
Movie Review

Mr. Woodcock (2007)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
HAVE A BALL Billy Bob Thornton is the gym teacher Seann William Scott dreads as a potential stepdad in the hit-and-(mostly)-miss Mr. Woodcock
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HAVE A BALL Billy Bob Thornton is the gym teacher Seann William Scott dreads as a potential stepdad in the hit-and-(mostly)-miss Mr. Woodcock
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Sep 14, 2007; Rated: PG-13; Length: 87 Minutes; Genre: Comedy; With: Seann William Scott and Billy Bob Thornton; Distributor: New Line Cinema

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+

Originally posted Sep 12, 2007 Published in issue #955 Sep 21, 2007 Order article reprints