Role Models

  • 15
  • David Wain (2008)
  • US / Ger
  • 96 min
Film Review
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4 out of 5

This step-up from the usual crude teen comedy elevates its smutty set pieces and filth-ridden dialogue with strong performances, likeable characters and the ability to stay the right side of sentimental. After crashing his truck in a fit of pique, energy-drink salesman Paul Rudd and his cohort Seann William Scott are sentenced to 150 hours community service mentoring disenfranchised youngsters. Scott's initiation of streetwise Ronnie (Bobb'e J Thompson) into the ways of the party animal is funny. However, the real pleasure is in Rudd's relationship with fantasy-obsessed nerd Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse who played "McLovin" in Superbad), which gets much comedy mileage from satirising the murky world of role-playing games. But where this unexpectedly entertaining movie really scores is in its tweaks to the standard formula: while the life lessons and character arcs are inevitable, the journey proves both admirably restrained and winning.

Plot Summary

Comedy starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott. Following a driving accident, wild-at-heart energy-drink salesmen Danny and Wheeler receive a sentence with a difference: 150 hours of community service caring for difficult children. The forthcoming experience will definitely change the lives of all involved.

Cast and crew

Cast

Danny
Paul Rudd
Wheeler
Seann William Scott
Augie
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Sweeny
Jane Lynch
Ronnie
Bobb'e J Thompson
Beth
Elizabeth Banks (2)
King Argotron
Ken Jeong
Jim Stansel
Ken Marino
Lynette
Kerri Kenney
Martin
A D Miles

Crew

Director
David Wain

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Universal
Guidance: 
Swearing, sexual references, nudity.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 9 Jan 2009
Certificate 15
Categories
Comedy

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