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Mr. Woodcock
DVD disk
01.25.2008 By: Sturdy
Mr. Woodcock order
Director:
Craig Gillespie

Actors:
Billy Bob Thornton
Sean William Scott
Susan Sarandon

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A successful self-help author returns to his hometown only to find his mom is dating his old gym teacher. As it turns out, he actually wrote his book because of the trauma he went through because of said gym teacher. Comedy ensues.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Billy Bob isnít even trying any more. He seems like someone that doesnít even like being an actor, but rather shows up to collect a paycheck and get with hot actresses. Not that thereís anything wrong with that, but sitting through his movies nowadays is a little rough. Itís the same old schtick, with mildly funny moments. In this one, Billy Bob doesnít really even have to do or say much since most of the work is left up to Sean William Scott.

It was clear early on that the filmmakers didnít have anywhere to go with the story once they brought Mr. Woodcock and Farley (Sean William Scott) together. At that moment, they had reached the apex of the storyís comedic potential and it was downhill from there. It takes about 20 minutes to get to that point, 10 minutes to play it out, 40 minutes of bland comedy and about a 20 minute ending. That pretty much sums up the film.

There were a couple of funny scenes, but nothing that could save the film. Overall, it had a lot of jokes that weíve seen before. The funniest stuff was when he was torturing the kids in gym class. I think they could have done more with that and even made a whole movie about that, with the kid being the main star and cutting out Scottís character all together. That would have opened the door to more Billy Bob humor, which would have helped the film. Of course, that would change the entire premise of the film.

Iím sure Billy Bob fans will watch the film, but I doubt theyíll feel like they got their moneyís worth. He really wasnít the star of the film and not enough attention was put on his character. Sean William Scott can be funny in small dosages, but not in this role. As a whiny, bratty adult, heís more annoying than anything. And Iíve always been a fan of Susan Surandon, so Iíll refrain from saying anything negative about her and assume she was just cashing in a paycheck on this one.
THE EXTRAS
Deleted Scenes (12:49): Some of these are actually extended scenes, which is rough since my biggest complaint was that scenes dragged on too long. The scenes that are actually deleted are very forgettable and wouldnít have had an impact on the film.

Making of Mr. Woodcock (15:31): This is your standard making-of featurette. It has way too many movie scenes and contains the basic interviews with the cast and crew. Not much to this one.

PE Trauma Tales (12:01): The cast talks about their PE experiences and they even get a real PE teacher to talk about his job. The gist of it is that everyone has had a PE teacher they hated. Mine werenít too bad, but I had a girlfriend once that said her PE teacher used to stand in the middle of the dressing room and pick a different girl out every day and just stare at them while they changed clothes and showered. Yeah, that would be hot if it were a sexy teacher and a bunch of college girls, but when itís a 250 pound bearded lady and class of 12 year old girls, itís kind of creepy.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
WOODCOCK will reach itís audience, but I donít think theyíll be impressed. It was a bland film that lacked funny moments, but had plenty of bland ones. I canít even recommend this one as a rental.
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