Release Date: September 14, 2007
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Seann
William Scott, Susan Sarandon,
Amy Poehler, Ethan Suplee,
Melissa Sagemiller, Bill Macy,
and Brent Briscoe
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 87 minutes
Distributor: New Line Cinema
Director: Craig Gillespie
Executive Producer: Diana Pokorny, Toby Emmerich,
Kent Alterman, and Karen
Producer: Bob Cooper and David Dobkin
Writer: Michael Carnes and Josh
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MR. WOODCOCK opens with flashbacks to the time when fat little John Farley was picked on by Mr. Woodcock, his phys ed teacher. Now that John is in his 20s, the painful memories of being in Mr. Woodcock’s class have been replaced with the self-confidence gained by John becoming a successful writer and motivational speaker.
John learns his small Iowan hometown wants to award him the “Corn Cob Key” at its annual “Cornival.” To the consternation of his uncaring tour manager, John decides to interrupt his book tour to go home and surprise his mom, Beverly. John’s happiness quickly turns to angst and despair when he learns that his mother has fallen in love with Mr. Woodcock. Things go from bad to worse when Mr. Woodcock proposes to John’s mom.
John tries to break them up, but his efforts just dig a deeper and deeper hole in his newfound self-confidence. John’s behavior gets more and more erratic, driving a wedge between him and his beloved mother. Can John and Woodcock ever learn to get along for the sake of her happiness?
MR. WOODCOCK is one of those comedies where the hero’s calm façade is broken down through comic confrontations. In the process, the hero discovers valuable lessons about his own life and the human condition.
Thus, there are a couple kernels of truth in the often funny MR. WOODCOCK. These kernels, however, come with a price, including foul language, vulgarities and sexual references, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution. MR. WOODCOCK probably will attract some box office buzz, but it could be a bigger hit if most or all of the negative elements were cleaned up to make it more family friendly. A stronger redemptive ending also would help immensely.
MR. WOODCOCK is one of those comedies where the hero’s calm façade is broken down through comic confrontations. In the process, the hero discovers valuable lessons about his own life and the human condition. Thus, there are kernels of truth in the often funny MR. WOODCOCK. These kernels, however, come with foul language, vulgarities and crude sexual references, so MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.