I knew, even before watching this movie, that it wasn’t going to be great.  I knew that it was going to be a mostly average movie which might have some entertaining bits to it, but all in all it was just going to be a decent way to waste an evening.

I’m glad that one of the cable stations (not sure whether it was Comedy Central, FX or SPIKE TV) decided to show Mr. Woodcock, because that kept me from having to waste money renting it… which likely wouldn’t have happened in 2010 given my relatively low interest in seeing this movie.

Because it was on free television and my DVR wasn’t hurting for space, I recorded it and watched it one evening when I had nothing better to do.

The story is about a guy who had a bad experience with a non-empathetic, often-cruel gym teacher in his formative years, and after years of working to get past whatever detriment it caused, he comes back to his hometown to visit his mom, only to find out that she’s dating that same gym teacher.  He tries to accept it, giving the gym teacher another chance, but he then determines that the gym teacher is still a horrible person and decides that he doesn’t want his mom dating the gym teacher anymore.

Sean William Scott plays the guy who wants his mother (Susan Sarandon) to stop dating the gym teacher (Billy Bob Thornton).  It was actually the best performance I had ever seen by Sean William Scott, by which I mean it was the only performance by him which didn’t have any particularly annoying points.  Even in The Rundown with The Rock, a movie I enjoyed a couple years ago, I got annoyed by Sean William Scott at least a couple times during the film.

Billy Bob Thornton not surprisingly played the abrasive, two-faced jerk well in this film, just as he has done in other films such as School for Scoundrels, Bad Santa and others.  The role didn’t call for much depth of character aside from what he shows on screen, so he did alright.

No complains on the performance by Susan Sarandon, and admittedly she wasn’t asked to do much.

Amy Poehler typically finds a way to grate on my nerves, and in this case I think she was performing up to what she was tasked in the role of the agent who represented Sean William Scott’s author character.

Ethan Suplee basically just reprises the role he plays as the lovable dimwit on My Name Is Earl, a role which he excels at.

The story has a decent plot, incorporates decent elements, but at times seems a bit too forced and ridiculous.  I didn’t particularly like the ending, though I’ll not mention that here for the sake of anyone who is interested in watching it.

I wouldn’t recommend this film to anyone, though if someone was intent on watching it, I wouldn’t try too hard to dissuade them… unless they were picking a time where I’d be present.  If I could go back in a time machine before 2010 began with a list of things I should avoid, “Watching Mr. Woodcock” wouldn’t be on the list, as it wasn’t that terrible.

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