Role Models

Role Models

David Wain (2008)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


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.

Cast & Crew

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
Director David Wain
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Swearing, nudity.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 9 Jan 2009