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  • Woodcock himself is every bit as terrifying as Scott remembers him, but the problem is that he comes off as far to ‘bad ass’ to be a real antagonist

    • by Ryan Carter
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      Everyone remembers one teacher one teacher that seemed to have it out for them. Maybe it was a pesky history teacher, or the woman with the grey hair who stood guard in American lit, but for most of us, it was the most dreaded of all the primary school beast, the gym teacher. The whistle blowers have been the nightmare of many a student for years, but just once it would be nice to get a bit of revenge and redemption, enter Shaun Williams Scott and the battle against Mr. Woodcock.

      As a successful self help writer, Scott found most of his motivation for his book in his youth, trying to


      lose weight and putting many a depressing day in Mr. Woodcocks gym class behind him. Upon returning home for the corn festival in a small Nebraska town, he finds that his mother, played by Susan Sarandon is dating none other that Mr. Woodcock.

      This movie had a lot of potential. Its subject matter is relatable to anyone who was ever given a hard time by a bully or a superior. Mr. Woodcock himself is every bit as terrifying as Scott remembers him, but the problem is that he comes off as far to ‘bad ass’ to be a real antagonist. The truth is that Scott’s character became stronger and more ...


      • capable because of the adversity and challenge of people like Woodcock.

        There are some very funny moments in this film, but it still falls into the pit of physical, slapstick comedy at times. The language can be a bit rough, and that limits seeing it with the kids. However, my main problem with this film came in the form of a lost opportunity. There was so much more that could have been done and so many areas that could have been delved into, but much of it was lost to get to the grown up ending where both men resolve their conflicts because of the Sarandon’s character.

        Overall, this is a funny

        movie, but a simple comedy is all that it is ever going to be. If you’re expecting anything more that a few laughs from this movie than you may well be lost. This is the kind of movie that’s worth seeing for a laugh, but little else. Still, there are worse ways to spend 90 minutes, and Mr. Woodcock can’t help but be the man that so many of us wished to grow into in our youth. It should be telling to the quality of this film that I was rooting more for the ‘evil’ Mr. Woodcock, who at least was someone worth being instead the whiny lead character.




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