SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS
Release Date: September 29, 2006
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Heder,
Jacinda Barrett, Michael
Clarke Duncan, Horatio Sanz,
Todd Louiso, and Matt Walsh
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Runtime: 97 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Director: Todd Phillips
Executive Producer: Harvey Weinstein, Bob
Weinstein, Hal E. Chester, and
Producer: Todd Phillips, Dan Goldberg
and Geyer Kosinski
Writer: Todd Phillips and Scott
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Roger is a parking ticket writer capable of being talked out of his money, his uniform and his shoes. He is so hopeless that he gets rejected as a volunteer for Big Brothers after four boys request a different big brother. A friend advises him to take a secret $5,000 class that turns wimps into confident men. Roger reluctantly signs up.
The instructor, Dr. P, is a vulgar, insulting liar who commands his students to become roaring lions by confronting others and telling “lies, lies and more lies.” The students discover that these aggressive techniques make them more attractive to women, even if some of their confrontations have unpleasant outcomes.
The new, more aggressive Roger defeats Dr. P’s henchman assistant Lesher (played by Michael Clarke Duncan) in a paintball game and goes on a date with the girl of his dreams, Amanda (played by Jacinda Barrett).
Because of Roger’s stunning success, Dr. P chooses to put Roger in his place by competing for the affection of Amanda. Roger is furious. The resulting battle has some humorous moments as both men come up with clever ways to undermine their opponent, but such behavior would not be funny if you were the target.
While the movie ultimately discredits Dr. P, the students in his class appreciate having escaped the bottom of the pecking order by using his methods. In the real world, however, such dishonesty and aggression can land you in jail. It is certainly not conducive to attracting a spouse. Desirable long-term relationships are built on trust. Dishonesty destroys trust.
Furthermore, feelings of inferiority can be overcome by seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. The more we sense God’s presence within us, the more we feel, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13). Real strength is demonstrated by righteous behavior, not by tricking, insulting and abusing other people.
If your child got Dr. P as a high school teacher, you would want your child out of his class as fast as you could make arrangements. Do your children a favor and tell them to avoid this class. The instruction is vulgar, violent and humanist.
SCHOOL FOR SCOUNDRELS is well made. The movie ultimately discredits Dr. P's dishonest methods, but his students discover that his aggressive, dishonest techniques make them more attractive to women. Dr. P's methods are also vulgar, violent and humanist. In the real world, his methods could land you in jail. Furthermore, real strength lies in righteous behavior, not by tricking, insulting and abusing other people. The more we sense God’s presence within us, the more we feel, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).