Parents' Guide to

School for Scoundrels

By Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Dismal comedy about nerds trying to be cool.

Movie PG-13 2006 101 minutes
School for Scoundrels Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

its crap

don't bother kids will h8 it

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This movie is a complete disaster. Based loosely on the 1960 British film School for Scoundrels or How to Win Without Actually Cheating!, this is another juvenile buddy flick along the lines of Old School and Road Trip, also directed by Todd Phillips. But it likely won't acquire the cult following of those movies, thanks to a few minor details -- like, oh, directing, casting, and writing. The film lacks the energy of Phillips' earlier movies, and the pacing and comedic timing are dismal.

Heder is completely miscast. He has one emotion -- goofy -- and when he tries to act scared or serious, it just ends up right back at goofy. He also has zero chemistry with Barrett and Thornton. Thornton is a formidable actor, but this is likely the worst film he's ever made. The rest of the cast members, including the usually great David Cross and Sarah Silverman, are just killing time, waiting for the end credits to roll.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: September 28, 2006
  • On DVD or streaming: February 13, 2007
  • Cast: Billy Bob Thornton, Jacinda Barrett, Jon Heder
  • Director: Todd Phillips
  • Inclusion Information: Indigenous actors
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 101 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: for language, crude and sexual content, and some violence.
  • Last updated: April 1, 2022

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate