A throwaway line of dialogue from School for Scoundrels is attracting attention for its perceived tabloid deliciousness, as detailed in this item from FilmStew. The line, uttered by Billy Bob Thornton’s character to Jon Heder’s character after the latter recounts in dewy, positive-minded fashion the manner in which things are proceeding between he and a girl (Jacinda Barrett) on whom he has a crush.
“Yeah, I’m sure you’re days away from adopting a Chinese kid together…” says Thornton, who of course was once married to (among others) Angelina Jolie, who in 2002 adopted her son Maddox from Cambodia, and later daughter Zahara from Ethiopia. Thornton is strongly denying any dig at Jolie, but one has to wonder if the subtext of the joke really flew completely over his head, as he’s claiming. It certainly didn’t for the audience with which I viewed the film.