Role Models

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Danny (Rudd) and Wheeler (Scott) are energy drink salesman, peddling it to school kids – “say no to drugs, and yes to Minotaur!”. After crashing the company truck on an energy drink bender, they’re arrested and ordered to either go to jail or spend 150 community service hours in a mentorship program. They go for the latter, and quickly regret the decision. Also stars Superbad’s Mintz-Plasse (Fogell). Described by Roger Ebert as “a fish-out-of-water plot with no water. The characters are all flopping around in places they don't want to be.”

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Seann William Scott gets out of a car in which sits a random hot girl. “Guess what I did last night,” he says to Paul Rudd, and pushes two fingers under his friend’s nose. Rudd recoils at the smell. Sheesh. That’s the opening scene. Role Models sets its base-level comedy stall out early. But if that doesn’t have you huffily exiting the cinema muttering “disgusting, just disgusting”, then you’ll probably find the rest of this pretty funny.

Judd Apatow favourite Rudd is reliably ‘everyman’ as the guy trying to win back his girlfriend – Elizabeth Banks – while mentoring Christopher ‘McLovin’ Mintz-Plasse’s role-playing geek teenager. Scott is borderline obnoxious – his acting speciality – as Rudd’s womanizing, Kiss-loving buddy, who has to look after a potty-mouthed brat played by the interestingly apostrophed Bobb’e J. Thompson. Things chug along amusingly enough at first – Thompson hogging the best bits with his outbursts (“F**k you Miss Daisy!” he says when Rudd asks to be picked up in the car). Then two thirds of the way through, all four main characters ditch their established traits and get mushy, the story gets moralistic, and we enter an over-long final scene that is only really worth seeing for McLovin made up as Kiss drummer Peter ‘The Cat’ Criss.

A few beers beforehand and this might seem like the most side-splitting film of all time. Sober, it’s just okay – a smutty bit of fun you’ll have forgotten about within days.

Chicago Sun-Times [Roger Ebert]

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The kind of comedy where funny people say funny things in funny situations, not the kind of comedy that whacks you with manic shocks to force an audible Pavlovian response.

Empire [UK]

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A great example of the Emotionally Stunted Men Grow A Heart sub-genre. Role Models staves off the January blues and puts a marker down as 2009’s laugh-out-loud comedy to beat.

FilmThreat.com [USA]

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If "Models'" comedy is a bore, the characters' redemption is sheer agony – not to mention the shameless pop-cultural referencing that repeats like a bad taco.

Hollywood Reporter

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Rudd and Scott hail from different universes of movie comedy, but manage together here just fine, particularly since each takes a different path.

New York Times

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With the ferocity of a drill instructor and the boundless confidence of a self-help guru who combines psychobabble clichés with embarrassingly explicit confessions, Ms. Lynch's Gayle redeems the movie from utter banality.

NZ Herald [Francesca Rudkin]

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You'd be forgiven for assuming Role Models is just another irreverent, crude comedy about a couple of immature man-child characters. It is, but it also happens to be a very funny and entertaining one.

Variety [USA]

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Laden with more than enough profane humor to warrant its R rating, this is nonetheless a formulaic crowd-pleaser.
Peter

Peter

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Pretty darn good comedy

Asides from a predictable and hammy ending, this was a funny ass movie.

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It's a tooter

This movie was fantastic and I think Flicks might've gotten their review wrong. Not since 'Grandma's Boy' has there been such a random group of peeps put together in a situation that can't help but be hilarious. This is a tooter movie and definitely worth seeing. Do it!


Realistic Comedy That Will Actually Make You Laugh

The most popular of the three premieres at the 24 Hour Movie Marathon ( And only one since THE RUINS and DYING BREED may never see theatres ), this is a rare event in the modern cinema - a samsh comedy that will actually have you laughing! Sean William Scott carries off a great job as a genuinelly nice slacker KISS fan, while Paul Rudd has pinned the corporate drone who feels a dissatisfaction with life that he can define only as anger at petty annoyances; When they pull a hugely wrong stunt during their ethically questionable job and are sentenced to a period of community service in a ftaherless boys outreach program, their efforts to cope are as futile as laughable - Rudd's proposal to his lawyer girlfriend is curtly rejected and she moves out of his house as well, completely destroying his stability as well. His 'Little', an archetypical Medieval roleplay nerd begins to give him first perspective on this and finally a possible way to make things right in his own life by helping others. Scott's charcater has the ssame sort of passge,but do not be fooled - At no point doe sthis formula ever descend into the Will Farrell type of 'Comedy Blockbuster' of late; As you might expect from the crew that hurled WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER and THE TEN into unsuspecting faces, even the most logical plot development is twisted and delivered in ways you will not believe. Jane Lynch will have you either cringing or rocking in hysterics with her drill-seargent delivery of tough-love lessons in life.

I should declsre I ma involved ewith the Live Action Role Playing community, so I should be offended about this film's large running theme, but it actually and once again typically for these non-typical filmamkers, it actually loves the subject it makes fun of. if film comedy is in your opinion extinct, this will shoew that it has not passed awy, but is simply to be found in less easy-to-reach places.