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Role Models

  • Comedy
  • 2008
  • David Wain
  • 96 mins
  • 15

Summary

Two irresponsible salesmen find themselves in trouble with the law after crashing their truck. To avoid jail, they agree to undertake community service looking after a couple of troubled kids. However, it soon seems that going to prison would have been the easier option. Comedy, starring Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

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Review

Rating: 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 their truck in a fit of pique, energy-drink salesmen Paul Rudd and 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.

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Credits

Cast

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DannyPaul Rudd
WheelerSeann William Scott
AugieChristopher Mintz-Plasse
SweenyJane Lynch
RonnieBobb'e J Thompson
BethElizabeth Banks (2)
King ArgotronKen Jeong
Jim StanselKen Marino
LynetteKerri Kenney
MartinA D Miles

Crew

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DirectorDavid Wain

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2009-01-09
Language
English
Guidance
Swearing, nudity.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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