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September 13, 2007

Mr. Woodcock

Woodcock

In spite of its piecemeal approach, "Mr. Woodcock" erupts with sidesplitting slapstick gags that more than compensate for subplots that never add up. Billy Bob Thornton plays Mr. Woodcock, an abusive and condescending elementary school gym teacher whose past comes back to bite him. Woodcock is dating the mother (Susan Sarandon) of his former student John Farley who has grown up to become the famous author of a self-help book entitled "Letting Go: Getting Past Your Past." Farley’s return to his Midwest hometown, to receive its honored "Corn Cob Key" award, turns into an all out battle to prevent Woodcock from marrying his mother. Amy Poehler lobs comic grenades as John Farley’s ruthless alcoholic book tour publicist.

Rated PG-13, 87 mins. (B-) (Three Stars)

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