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Role Models (Unrated)



Role Models (Unrated)

Role Models (Unrated)

Prepare yourself for the most irreverent and funny comedy that brings new meaning to juvenile delinquency! As the world’s least-likely mentors, Danny (Paul Rudd) & Wheeler (Seann William Scott) must put aside their selfish, sarcastic and party-driven ways in order to give two odd, foul-mouthed kids invaluable wisdom about life, love and heavy metal. With a supporting cast of comic all-stars including Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Bobb’e J. Thompson, Role Models is “a surprisingly clever comedy” (Claudia Puig, USA Today).Raunchy, but not nauseating, Role Models is an exceptionally funny slacker comedy co-written by Paul Rudd. Rudd stars as Danny, one-half of a team (along with Seann William Scott’s character, Wheeler) that visits schools on behalf of a power-drink company. With his lack of enthusiasm for work and his life painfully evident, Danny loses his live-in girlfriend, Beth (Elizabeth Banks), and soon has a run-in with the law resulting in community service for him and Wheeler. Ordered to appear at a Big Brothers-like organization, Danny is partnered with a lonely if brilliant adolescent boy, Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), while Wheeler is hooked up with a foul-mouthed pre-teen named Ronnie (Bobb’e J. Thompson). Neither of the men has anything in common with their charges, a fact exacerbated when Danny reluctantly attends Augie’s participation in a weekend role-playing fantasy game with a medieval flavor. Meanwhile, Wheeler just tries to survive his ongoing power struggle with Ronnie. Both sets of relationships improve when Danny and Wheeler begin to meet their kids halfway and even learn to empathize with them, though the results are sometimes comically bumpy before the characters all hit their groove. There are a number of hilarious scenes (the film definitely deserves its R rating) and more than a few thoughtful ones, including a terrific moment where Danny defends Augie to the latter’s critical parents over an awkward dinner. Jane Lynch is very funny as a semi-insane director of the program pairing kids and adults, and Banks (W.) is very appealing as Danny’s unhappy ex-girlfriend. —Tom Keogh

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3 responses to “Role Models (Unrated)”

  1. B. Martin says:
    30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Sheer, raunchy fun., March 18, 2009
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    This review is from: Role Models (Unrated) (DVD)
    Role Models is not a particularly deep or innovative comedy, in fact it’s plotline will be familiar to anyone who has ever watched a movie, period. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t provide lots of laughs and much needed escapism for it’s 90 plus minutes.

    Paul Rudd And Sean William Scott star as two slackers who find themselves sentenced to 30 days of community service following a work related blow up by Rudd’s characther that comes on the heels of being dumped by his longtime girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks). The two are ordered to do their hours of community service at a Big Brothers and Sisters type of organization where each of them are paired up with a “troubled” kid.

    Can you guess where this is going? The two men will learn to look past their own self indulgence and care for the kids. A valuable lesson is learned by all. This plot really doesn’t matter. What does matter are the performances. Rudd and Scott are hilarious as the overgrown man-children and they share an effortless chemistry. Rudd especially is in top form, spewing sarcasm and self loathing with every line and garnering laughs from his facial expressions alone. Rudd is clearly in his element here.

    When Rudd turns into an unselfish nice guy at the end, it’s a bit of a stretch for the audience to accept that he made such a quick transition. Rudd’s performance may be hilarious, but his character is not that well developed for his transformation to be believable. But hey, this ain’t art. It’s a largely entertaining buddy comedy with lots of smart and raunchy humor that should be viewed as exactly that.

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  2. Richard Hine "Russell Wiley Is Out to Lunch" says:
    12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Big Kids, August 28, 2009
    This review is from: Role Models (Unrated) (DVD)
    Like its two lead characters, ROLE MODELS is a movie that doesn’t seem to be expecting too much of itself as it lures us into familiar man-child territory.

    Seann William Scott and (co-writer) Paul Rudd are Wheeler and Danny, two low-achieving coworkers paid to travel to schools with an act that preaches against drugs while pushing powerful energy-drinks as the safe alternative. The difference between them? Wheeler loves his work and thinks of Danny as his friend. Danny hates his job, the fact that he should have done more with his life and can’t commit to being more than a colleague to Wheeler. Danny’s mean, sarcastic and rude to coffee shop baristas. Clearly he doesn’t deserve a girlfriend like Beth (Elizabeth Banks), who rejects his spontaneous marriage proposal and dumps him instead. Danny’s dejection leads to a tangle with the law and soon he and Wheeler are sent to perform 150 hours of community service at the local mentoring program, Sturdy Wings.

    This is where the movie grows some wings of its own and really takes off. The flight path may be familiar, and there are no surprises when it comes to a predictably happy landing. But the journey becomes a lot of fun when Wheeler and Danny become “Bigs” to two very different “Littles,” Ronnie (Bobb’e J. Thompson) and Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

    It’s clear that on paper at least, our two ROLE MODELS lack all the traditional skills required to teach anything to the kids. Fast-talking, foul-mouthed Ronnie is the product of broken home in need of a father figure, not a “booby” obsessed party lover like Wheeler. The costume-sewing fantasy game participant Augie shouldn’t expect much sympathy from the snide Danny. Bad mentoring leads to chaos, confusion and near-tragedy. But somehow, everyone develops the sturdiness of wing to make it to the end having taught something to someone else–and discovered something essential about themselves.

    Supporting characters add to the fun throughout, especially Jane Lynch as the ex-coke-addict who founded the Sturdy Wings program and the various costumed characters who take the game of “Laire” very seriously indeed.

    ROLE MODELS is a movie that won’t teach you much. But it will definitely make you laugh.

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  3. Amazon Customer says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    hilarious, January 25, 2013
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    This review is from: Role Models (Amazon Instant Video)
    I’m very picky with my comedy, and nowadays it seems harder to find a good one that genuinely makes me laugh. Role Models is one of the few that does just that. Not only does it make me laugh, but it’s a comedy with a purpose (i.e. – it actually has a story line and the characters learn a lesson in the end). One of my favorite Jane Lynch roles.

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