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Mr. Woodcock Review Critics


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… feels like it was made 20 years ago. Read full review

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  • 3.0

    out of 100

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  • 25

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    This may be the most laugh-free comedy of the year.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Let's say you find yourself at the multiplex, and the first 20 minutes of Mr. Woodcock happen to correspond with the 20 minutes you need to waste before your movie of choice begins. Those are the ideal 20 minutes to spend with this marginally promising--but ultimately unfunny--comedy.

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter

    As Mr. Woodcock demonstrates, a great premise can generate a lot of goodwill and almost overcome an uneven script. So too can expert performances.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Uninspired, sure, but sporadically, spasmodically funny.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    To laugh at parts of this film would indicate one has a streak of Woodcockism in oneself. But to gaze in stupefied fascination is perfectly understandable. That's what makes Thornton such a complex actor.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

More abusive humor from Billy Bob Thornton.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this lowbrow Billy Bob Thornton comedy revolves around an ongoing, immature competition between a woman's adult son and her suitor. In other words, expect lots of slapstick violence and childish behavior. Sexual jokes include the older man bragging about his prowess and sleeping with the young man's mother (in one scene, the younger man hides underneath a bed while his mother and her boyfriend have noisy sex above him). There's some drinking and smoking and plenty of strong language, including "a--hole," "s--t," and derogatory terms describing women and homosexual men.

  • Families can talk about whether this kind of movie is funny. Why or why not? Why do so many comedies aimed at teens try to push the envelope with crude, lowbrow humor? Are teens more likely than adults to find it amusing? When does that style of humor cross the line? And who determines where that line falls, anyway?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A woman's son and fiancé fight constantly, their one-upsmanship mostly icky and childish. Even when they make up, they're competing.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Mostly abusive slapstick, with Woodcock slamming boys with basketballs and taking a bat to their crotches as an "equipment check." Woodcock beats John with a bat. John falls off a treadmill into a stack of weights and gets a bloody cheek. Nedderman throws a chair at his brother and gives him a black eye. Woodcock and John wrestle, with lots of body slamming and yelling and one hit with a chair.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Especially obnoxious sexual innuendo for a movie targeted at older tweens and teens: John hides under Woodcock's bed, and then Woodcock and John's mother enter and have noisy sex, with the son beneath and the mattress sagging onto his face. Other visuals include Woodcock making a boy strip to his underpants. John tells his mother that Woodcock "touched me," then says it's not true. John listens to his mother and Woodcock having sex in the next room (moans). A woman says she's a sex addict. And then there's the fact that Woodcock's very name is an innuendo.

  • language false3

    Language: Language includes occasional uses of "son of a bitch," "s--t," "a--hole," jackass," "ass," "hell," and "damn." One using of "f-ing" (without the middle part of "f--k"). Lots of obnoxious and deprecating words and phrases, including "fat gelatinous little kids," "little porker," "hicks," and "retard." Some derogatory comments about women and homosexual men as well.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Journey T-shirt, mentions of Oprah and Judge Joe Brown. Tyra Banks appears as herself on her TV show.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: John and Maggie drink in bar; she also smokes cigarettes in a few scenes. On a plane, Maggie tells the stewardess that she wants a regular-sized bottle, as "I'm an alcoholic, not a Barbie doll." Woodcock drinks beer a few times. Woodcock's ex-wife drinks liquor and smokes cigarettes.