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- 1 hr 47 min
School for Scoundrels is a 2006 comedy directed by Todd Phillips and starring Billy Bob Thornton, Jon Heder, and Jacinda Barrett. The film follows Roger (Heder), a timid and socially awkward meter maid who enrolls in a confidence-building class taught by the charismatic but ruthless Dr. P (Thornton). Roger is a kind-hearted man who is trying to improve his life. At work, he is constantly belittled by his boss and tormented by a group of wealthy and entitled drivers who park illegally. To make matters worse, he also has a crush on his neighbor Amanda (Barrett), but lacks the confidence to ask her out.
One day, Roger sees an advertisement for a confidence-building class called "S.H.A.M.E." (Secrets to Handling and Mastering Everyday Encounters) and decides to sign up. The class is taught by Dr. P, a boisterous and overconfident man who promises to teach his students how to gain power and respect.
At first, Roger is intimidated by Dr. P and his aggressive teaching methods. He even considers dropping out of the program, but is persuaded to stay by Lesher (Michael Clarke Duncan), one of Dr. P's top students. Lesher sees potential in Roger and takes him under his wing, showing him how to stand up for himself and become more assertive.
Roger's confidence soon begins to grow, and he is able to challenge his boss at work and stand up to the drivers who harass him. He also starts to gain Amanda's interest, but his newfound confidence quickly turns into arrogance, and he becomes obsessed with winning her over.
As the class progresses, Dr. P becomes increasingly hostile towards his students, turning them against each other in a cutthroat competition for power. Roger begins to realize that Dr. P's teachings are not what they seem and that the class is actually a school for scoundrels, teaching unethical behavior and manipulation.
The film's climax takes place at the annual S.H.A.M.E. Games, where the students are pitted against each other in a series of challenges to determine who is the most confident and powerful. Roger must decide whether to play by Dr. P's rules or to stand up for his own principles and risk losing everything he has gained.
School for Scoundrels is a humorous and satirical take on self-help culture, exploring the dangers of blindly following charismatic leaders and the importance of maintaining one's moral compass. The film features strong performances by Thornton and Heder, who bring depth and nuance to their respective characters, and engaging chemistry between Heder and Barrett. With its clever writing and sharp humor, School for Scoundrels is an entertaining comedy that also offers insightful commentary on modern society.
School for Scoundrels is a 2006 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 47 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9 and a MetaScore of 44.