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Comedy is not all that funny

September 18, 2007|By LAURA BELL

Movie Review

Over this past weekend I saw the new comedy, "Mr. Woodcock." I say comedy because that was what it was meant to be. However, while the movie did have its hilarious moments, they were few and far between.

"Mr. Woodcock" is a story about John Farley (played by Seann William Scott), the author of a book about letting go of a difficult childhood. Farley returns to his hometown, surprises his mom (Susan Sarandon) and learns that his mom's fianc is Mr. Woodcock, Farley's own gym teacher from junior high school. Woodcock (Billy Bob Thornton) is the same as he was when Farley was in junior high. Farley tries to break up Woodcock and his mother. His plan fails and he learns an important lesson.

The movie flashes back to Farley's junior high days. Mr. Woodcock is not a nice guy. He is abusive verbally and physically to his students, doing things that in the real world are very much illegal. The movie tries to tell you in the end that he is really a good guy who in his harshness helps his students.

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The storyline isn't so bad, but the abusive scenes are really not worth the $8 movie ticket.

The acting is better than the actual movie. Thornton displays an excellent performance of the slightly evil Mr. Woodcock. Although there is a good moral, this story isn't as funny as it looked. "Mr. Woodcock" might appeal to some people who are just looking for a laugh, but I was disappointed.

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