School for Scoundrels feels like a wasted opportunity. This is a case of a motion picture failing to unlock the promise of a ripe potential. As black comedies go, this one is too tepid to hit any mark by which a movie is deemed successful. The darkness isn't the problem. If anything, the movie isn't dark enough. Director Todd Phillips lacks the strength of conviction to take the production down a path that veers too far away from the mainstream crowd-pleasing road. Plus, the one-upsmanship forming the backbone of the story isn't all that clever and the jokes lack punch. Taken in concert, these things result in a forgettable motion picture.
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