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School for Scoundrels Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

50% funny, 50% lame. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    44

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    School for Scoundrels will only leave you scratching your head in bewilderment and might possibly shave off IQ points.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    A grim experience, with too little wit and humor to compensate for its faults, and the upbeat ending feels like a cheat. Thornton is good, but not worth the price of a ticket.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Director Todd Phillips tries for the kind of frat slaphappiness he applied so successfully to "Old School," but these boys are less scoundrels than individual salesmen for the brands of Heder and Thornton.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    An inert and muddled mash-up of romantic comedy and theater of stupid cruelty.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Dismal comedy about nerds trying to be cool.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie isn't suitable for kids -- plus, it's just not a very good movie. It's got everything going against it -- foul language, poor behavior, crude humor, and slapstick violence that's so not-funny that it really isn't funny. Save your hard-earned dollars for something better. That said, because Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) stars, kids will be begging to see it. So please take some time to talk about the movie with your kids so you can add your two cents.

  • Families can talk about constructive ways to improve confidence and self-esteem. What tools and behavioral techniques might be helpful? What should you do if someone you trust turns out to be a jerk? Why is it never OK to make fun of other people? What should you do if you see others being made fun of?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Geez, where to begin. This movie includes disrespectful behavior, going behind others' backs for your own gain, making fun of others' shortcomings, and physical and verbal abuse. A character is also shown peeing (no nudity).

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: A violent paintball game and tennis game are played for laughs; characters are attacked by other characters; someone's head gets pushed into a toilet; lots of slapstick comedy with hitting, shoving, slapping, and mace-spraying. Assorted things are shot at guys' groins. References to guys being (possibly) raped by a large man.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Flirting, kissing. A character draws a crude picture of a breast.

  • language false3

    Language: "F--k" (one instance); "s--t," "goddamn," "a--hole" (all numerous); "hell," "damn," "tits," "ass," "sucks," and "retard."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Penn and Babolar sports equipment; references to Chicken Soup for the Soul and Tony Robbins seminars; NYC Parking Bureau.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some smoking and drinking.

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