"Mr. Woodcock", released in 2007, is an American funny film directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert. The movie's cast consists of notable actors such as Seann William Scott, Billy Bob Thornton, Susan Sarandon, and Amy Poehler. The property of the film focuses on a young man who goes back to his hometown to stop his mom from marrying his tyrannical and abusive health club teacher from his childhood.Plot
The story starts with John Farley, an effective self-help author, who has actually just launched his bestselling book called "Letting Go: How to Get Past Your Past". His mother, Beverly Farley, who lives in his hometown, is proud of her boy's accomplishments and welcomes him to return house to receive a prestigious "Corn Cob Key" award from the city. Back at his childhood home, John discovers that Beverly has actually begun a new love and is getting married to his previous health club teacher, Jasper Woodcock, who tortured and humiliated him and his schoolmates throughout their junior high school years.
Furious and not able to accept this truth, John decides to stop this union and show that Woodcock is still the abusive, miserable person that he was throughout John's school years. What begins is a comical, awkward, and typically cringe-worthy fight between John and Mr. Woodcock, where they attempt to beguile each other at every possible chance. John constantly attempts to advise his mom of Woodcock's vicious and mean-spirited nature, while Woodcock continues with his typical aggressive habits and cruel remarks towards John and his childhood good friends.Character Development
Throughout the movie, John faces numerous difficulties and fights with his contrasting emotions. He refuses to use the recommendations given up his book to his own life, as he can stagnate previous his dark history with Mr. Woodcock. Meanwhile, Mr. Woodcock reveals no indications of modification and keeps his insensitive mindset towards others. Beverly, however, stays enamored by Woodcock and is convinced that they share true love. John's agent, Maggie, tries to assist John resolve his unsolved concerns with Mr. Woodcock, however her efforts often trigger more mayhem and confusion.Dispute Resolution
As the story advances, John ends up being progressively desperate to stop the wedding event and ultimately resorts to exposing Mr. Woodcock in front of the entire school during a presentation. He tries to make Woodcock lose his composure by instigating him, but when this plan fails, John ends up being psychological and openly admits his inability to let go of his past. Surprisingly, Woodcock steps in to protect John in an uncommon moment of vulnerability, mentioning that John's success is evidence that his methods as a gym teacher had a positive outcome, making John who he is today.Conclusion
Regardless of the constant clash in between John and Mr. Woodcock throughout the film, they eventually reach a good understanding and acceptance of one another. Although John remains unpleasant with the idea of Mr. Woodcock marrying his mom, he pertains to terms with the scenario and even takes Woodcock's guidance to challenge his next difficulty. The movie ends with an unanticipated twist when it's exposed that Beverly and Mr. Woodcock have aborted their wedding, as they discovered that they aren't right for each other after all. Having actually finally moved past his terrible experiences, John is lastly able to welcome the mentors of his book and move on in his life.