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Role Models (2008)

  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 86,258 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 7 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 99 min | 101 min (unrated version)
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Role Models (2008)


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  • IMDb page: Role Models (2008)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 86,258 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 7 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 99 min | 101 min (unrated version)
  • Filming Location: Boys & Girls Club of Venice – 2232 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $28,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $91,826,289(Worldwide)(5 April 2009)
  • Director: David Wain
  • Stars: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott and Elizabeth Banks
  • Original Music By: Craig Wedren   
  • Soundtrack: Best Believe We Got High
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Big Brother | Fight | Drink | Tow Truck | Jail

Writing Credits By:

  • Timothy Dowling (story) and
  • W. Blake Herron (story) (as William Blake Herron)
  • Paul Rudd (screenplay) &
  • David Wain (screenplay) &
  • Ken Marino (screenplay) and
  • Timothy Dowling (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • Many lines in the film were improvised. The writers did constant rewrites and came up with ideas during filming but had to stop because of the 2007 Writers Guild strike.
  • Paul McCartney impersonator Joey Curatolo provides the vocal for the fictional Denny Laine song ‘Love Take Me Down to the Streets’, which we hear during the closing credits.
  • Before Danny proposes, Wheeler tells him that they have to be at Blue Valley Middle School. Blue Valley is the name of the actual middle school that Paul Rudd attended in Overland Park, Kansas.

Goofs: Continuity: When Augie is looking at the LAIRE page his computer says it is 6:38pm on Tuesday evening. The page indicates the LAIRE Battle Royale is set to begin in 10 hours. This would mean the event would begin at approximately 4:38am Wednesday morning. However, Beth later reveals that the Battle Royale is in direct conflict with their 3pm court date.

Plot: Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program. Full summary »  »

Story: Danny and Wheeler, well into their 30s, lack something: Danny feels stuck; he's sour and has driven away his terrific girlfriend. Wheeler chases any skirt he sees for empty sex. When they get in a fight with a tow-truck driver, they choose community service over jail and are assigned to be big brothers – Danny to Augie, a geek who loves participating in a weekend Medieval reenactment society, and Wheeler to Ronnie, a pint-size foul-mouthed kid. After a rocky start, things start to go well until both Danny and Wheeler make big mistakes. Can the two men figure out how to change enough to be role models to the boys?Written by <>  


Synopsis: Danny Donahue (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Sean William Scott) are two Los Angeles salesmen for an energy drink, Minotaur. They tour Los Angeles-area schools driving a Minotaur-themed SUV to deliver infomercials disguised as anti-drug speeches. Wheeler loves the job but Danny, on the other hand, hates the job and possesses a constant negative attitude toward life, which results in the collapse of his relationship with his girlfriend, attorney Beth. Hoping to get his life back on track, Danny spontaneously proposes to her; not only does she turn him down, she breaks up with him. One day after making a disastrous sales presentation at a high school, the duo finds that their company truck is being towed away. They protest by trying to drive it away from the tow truck, but end up crashing it into a school statue.

Danny and Wheeler are arrested and the judge sentences the two to a 30-day jail sentence. Beth, however, manages to strike a deal with the judge in which they have to log 150 hours of community service over the next thirty days. The judge selects for their community service a big-brother style program called Sturdy Wings, led by Gayle Sweeny (Jane Lynch), an ex-drug addict, who takes an instant dislike to Danny and Wheeler. Aware that their presence at Sturdy Wings is court-ordered she warns them that she won’t accept any B.S. from them and that if they fail to carry out their tasks to her satisfaction, she will have them sent to prison. Wheeler is paired up with Ronnie Shields, a foul-mouthed, streetwise miscreant obsessed with boobs who has driven away all the other adults he has been paired with, while Danny is paired up with Augie Farks, a nerdy teenager obsessed with live action fantasy role-playing games.

Initially, the pair find their task extremely difficult, with Danny unable to find any common ground with Augie and his narrow interests, and Ronnie taking virtually no interest in Wheeler. After a few days they gradually bond with their respective partners; Ronnie takes an interest in Wheeler’s favorite band KISS and discovers that Wheeler shares his obsession with boobs, whilst Danny reluctantly participates in Augie’s medieval live action role playing group, "LAIRE". During a Sturdy Wings camping trip, Wheeler uses Danny’s Ambien to try to have drugged-out sex with another mentor who instead passes out naked in full view of the other children, Ronnie and Augie cover for their mentors. At the same time, Danny tries to make up with Beth for his mistakes, but to no avail.

Unfortunately, their success is cut short when Augie manages to "kill" the arrogant King (Ken Jeong) during one of the role playing games, the King lies and says he killed Augie first. When Danny angrily defends Augie, the King permanently bans them both, causing Augie to cry in front of everyone, including Esplen (Alexandra Stamler), who he has a crush on. Wanting to apologize to Augie, Danny goes to dinner at his house. Augie’s mother, Lynette (Kerri Kenney), and her live-in boyfriend, Jim (Ken Marino) are glad Augie has been kicked out of LAIRE and thank Danny for helping that happen. Seeing how unhappy Augie, Danny criticizes Lynette’s and Jim’s parenting skills.Wheeler, meanwhile, takes Ronnie to an adult party in Venice and leaves him unsupervised while he has sex with a blonde he meets at the party. Feeling abandoned, Ronnie walks all the way home by himself.

Ronnie’s and Augie’s parents consequently ask Sturdy Wings to assign them new mentors and Gayle throws Wheeler and Danny out. As such, the pair is given a court appointment where they will likely have to serve their thirty days in jail. In the elevator, Danny berates Wheeler for leaving Ronnie behind while Wheeler scolds him about his whining. The two have a falling out and go their separate ways.

Wheeler goes to Ronnie’s house and gets permission from Ronnie’s mother to hang out with Ronnie after he gets out of jail. Meanwhile, Danny looks through his closet and finds the battle attire Augie had given him. Remorseful, he secretly meets with the LAIRE king to negotiate Augie’s readmission where Augie can fight in that afternoon’s Battle Royale, the final battle of the year. Danny then sneaks Augie out of his house so they can prepare for the Battle Royal that day but while Danny is visiting, Augie learns that the fantasy "nation" to which he belongs has expelled his LAIRE team. Danny offers to form a new team with him, but a team must have at least four members.

Danny calls Wheeler and asks him and Ronnie to join the battle so that Augie will have enough teammates. Dressed up as the members of KISS and riding in the Minotaur SUV, Danny, Augie, Ronnie and Wheeler arrive ready to fight in the Battle Royale as a new nation. Augie’s parents, Ronnie’s mom, Gayle, and Beth come to watch. Near the end of the battle, Augie squares off against the King and kills him in front of everyone. His victory is short-lived as a hidden player, Esplen a girl he likes, attacks and defeats him. Augie’s parents, Lynette and Jim, congratulate Augie for his performance and recognize how happy he is when role-playing. In the after-battle party, Augie finally speaks to Esplen, who asks him to be her co-regent and the two kisses. Danny serenades Beth in front of everyone with an improvised version of the KISS song "Beth" and the two reconcile. Gayle, impressed with the pair’s efforts, promises to intervene with the judge, with whom she has a long-standing relationship, so that Wheeler and Danny will be able to get their names cleared.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Juan Castro known as co-producer
  • Andrew Z. Davis known as executive producer
  • Luke Greenfield known as producer
  • Dan Kolsrud known as executive producer
  • Mary Parent known as producer
  • Matthew Seigel known as executive producer (as Matt Seigel)
  • William Sherak known as executive producer
  • Jason Shuman known as executive producer
  • Rebecca Sloviter known as associate producer
  • Scott Stuber known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Seann William Scott known as Wheeler
  • Paul Rudd known as Danny
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse known as Augie
  • Bobb'e J. Thompson known as Ronnie
  • Elizabeth Banks known as Beth
  • Jane Lynch known as Sweeny
  • Ken Jeong known as King Argotron
  • Ken Marino known as Jim Stansel
  • Kerri Kenney known as Lynette (as Kerri Kenney-Silver)
  • A.D. Miles known as Martin
  • Joe Lo Truglio known as Kuzzik
  • Matt Walsh known as Davith of Glencracken
  • Nicole Randall Johnson known as Karen
  • Alexandra Stamler known as Esplen (as Allie Stamler)
  • Carly Craig known as Connie
  • Jessica Morris known as Linda the Teacher
  • Vincent Martella known as Artonius
  • Armen Weitzman known as Party Dude
  • Jorma Taccone known as Mitch from Graphics
  • Nate Hartley known as Rule Master
  • David Wain known as Chevron Baine
  • Amanda Righetti known as Isabel
  • Shane Arenal known as Student in Hall
  • Tina Casciani known as Gretchen
  • Nina Hellman known as Barista
  • Louis C.K. known as Security Guard (as Louis CK)
  • Zaid Farid known as Tow Truck Driver
  • Hunter Brochu known as Boy in Video
  • Zandy Hartig known as Panda Loving Big
  • Keegan Michael Key known as Duane (as Keegan-Michael Key)
  • Emily Mostyn-Brown known as Laire Singer
  • Joshua L.K. Patterson known as Gleebo (as Joshua Patterson)
  • Peter Salett known as Ladislas of Leisure
  • Lorna Scott known as Horse Scooter Woman
  • Caleb Matthew Collins known as Little at Campfire (as Caleb Collins)
  • Nick Nervies known as Ronnie's Friend JJ
  • Kurt Doss known as Ronnie's Friend Kyle
  • Tajh Bellow known as Ronnie's Friend Zak
  • Shawn Huang known as Ronnie's Friend Little Jack
  • Seth Herzog known as Bell-Ringing Winged Creature
  • Eva Card known as Chocolate Strawberry Girl
  • James Henderson known as Party Goer
  • Jenny Robertson known as Elevator Mom
  • Jeanine Jackson known as Burger Hole Waitress
  • Matt Ballard known as Valconian Swordsman
  • Cody Lawrence known as Skateboard Kid
  • Arturo Gil known as Chip Monk Puppeteer (as Art Gil)
  • Cindy Sorenson known as Chip Monk Puppeteer (as Cindy Sorensen)
  • Rio Ahn known as Larp (uncredited)
  • Heather Black known as Casadonian Larp (uncredited)
  • Jenn Gotzon known as Sexy Hiker (uncredited)
  • Mark Kubr known as Centaur man (uncredited)
  • Michelle Lenhardt known as Sarah – Beth's Friend (uncredited)
  • Joey Magnusson known as Big at Campfire (uncredited)
  • Matt Malloy known as David Garvin (uncredited)
  • Taylor Mills known as Warrior Princess (uncredited)
  • Michael Molthen known as Larp (uncredited)
  • Martin Pierron known as LARP Elf (uncredited)
  • Eric Shackelford known as Glencraken Knight (uncredited)
  • George Sharperson known as Jailer (uncredited)
  • Gary Sievers known as Cassadonian LARP (uncredited)
  • Jobeth Wagner known as Larper (uncredited)
  • Stephen Weese known as Pirate (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Ken Diaz known as makeup department head: Laire sequences
  • Adruitha Lee known as hair stylist department head
  • Viviane Normand known as hair stylist (as Vivian Normand)
  • Suzi Ostos known as makeup artist: Mr. Scott
  • Nena Smarz known as makeup department head (as Nena Smarz-O'Carroll)
  • Kelvin R. Trahan known as hair stylist department head: additional photography (as Kelvin Trahan)
  • Judy Yonemoto known as key makeup artist
  • Barney Burman known as makeup artist: Sean William Scott, reshoots (uncredited)
  • Essie Cha known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Brent Keene known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Brad Look known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Vincent Prentice known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Sabine Roller known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Jose Zamora known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Debbie Zoller known as makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Laine Abramson known as set decorating buyer
  • Charlsey Adkins known as graphics coordinator
  • Matthew Kern Atzenhoffer known as swing gang (as Matthew Atzenhoffer)
  • Perry Bachelor known as swing gang (as Perry Batchelor)
  • Ellis J. Barbacoff known as assistant property master
  • Steve Barsony known as swing gang
  • Greg Benson known as mill foreman
  • Cliff Bergman known as construction foreman
  • Tony Bonaventura known as property master
  • James W. Boyce known as swing gang (as James Boyce)
  • Chris Childers known as swing gang
  • Paul Cunningham known as set decorating gang boss
  • Mario D'Alfonso known as labor foreman
  • Dennis DeWaay known as construction coordinator
  • James Diggs known as paint foreman (as James N. Diggs)
  • Brock Helfer known as swing gang
  • Darryl Henley known as storyboard artist
  • John B. Josselyn known as assistant art director (as Johnny Jos)
  • Gary Leshner known as swing gang
  • Jack Lineweaver known as art department production assistant
  • Nancy Lowry known as swing gang
  • Anuradha Mehta known as set decorator: additional photography (as Radha Mehta)
  • John Naehrlich known as leadman
  • James Nedza known as art director: additional photography (as Jim Nedza)
  • Greg Nestor known as swing gang
  • Joe Olsen known as swing gang (as Joseph Olsen)
  • Christopher Pappas known as assistant property master (as Chris Pappy Pappas)
  • Paul Sonski known as set designer
  • Karen Teneyck known as graphic designer
  • Tommy Tomlinson known as property master: additional photography
  • Kathleen Walker known as art department coordinator
  • Kevan Weber known as swing gang
  • Dennis Winters known as on-set dresser (as Dennis L. Winters)
  • Carl Denooyer known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • James Gambino known as typesetting (uncredited)
  • Tommy Gutman known as assistant props: additional photography (uncredited)
  • Moe Moe Lwin known as buyer: re-shoot (uncredited)
  • Aimee O'Shea known as props: reshoots (uncredited)
  • Lee Ross known as lead scenic: reshoots (uncredited)
  • Mark Sakamoto known as leadman: additional photography (uncredited)
  • Chris Samp known as stand-by painter (uncredited)
  • F. Andrew Scott known as paint gangboss (uncredited)
  • Adam Tankell known as graphic designer: minotaur (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Stuber/Parent
  • Internationale Filmproduktion Stella-del-Süd
  • New Regency Pictures
  • WideAwake

Other Companies:

  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Back Lot Music  soundtrack
  • Boys and Girls Club of Venice  special thanks
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • DeCrescet / Rotter  music contractor (as DeCrescent/Rotter)
  • El Segundo High School  special thanks
  • Executive Assurance  security
  • Go For Locations  locations equipment rentals
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Intrada  score album released by
  • Iron Liege  LARP weapons and shields
  • J.L. Fisher  camera support
  • LARP Alliance  special thanks (as The LARP Alliance)
  • Mario's Studio Services  catering
  • Picture Mill, The  main and end title design (as Picture Mill)
  • Right Lobe Design Group  end crawl
  • Rockbottom Rentals  Nextel cell phone rentals
  • Smith & Webster-Davis Casting  extras casting
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Soundtrack  adr facility
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate
  • Universal Studios Sound Facilities  sound re-recording facility (as Universal Studios Sound)
  • Walter Reed Middle School  special thanks
  • Warner Brothers Eastwood Scoring Stage  score recording and mixing facility (as The Eastwood Scoring Stage)


  • Universal Studios (2008) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Universal Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2009) (Estonia) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2009) (Latvia) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2009) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Cinemax (2011) (Hungary) (TV)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Finnkino (2009) (Finland) (all media)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2010) (USA) (TV)
  • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL5)
  • RTL (2011) (Germany) (TV)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Greece) (DVD)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures (2009) (Japan) (DVD) (rental)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Pacific Vision Productions (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Lindsay Anderson known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Ryan Beadle known as digital I/O (uncredited)
  • Mark Fletcher known as screen graphics designer (uncredited)
  • Sarah Grieshammer known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Shaina Holmes known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Paulina Kuszta known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
  • Erin L. Nelson known as digital restoration (uncredited)
  • Wilson Tang known as digital restoration (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 22 October 2008 (Westwood, California) (premiere)
  • USA 7 November 2008
  • Bulgaria 2 January 2009
  • Ireland 9 January 2009
  • UK 9 January 2009
  • Australia 15 January 2009
  • Croatia 15 January 2009
  • Netherlands 16 January 2009 (Amsterdam) (premiere)
  • Iceland 23 January 2009
  • Latvia 23 January 2009
  • New Zealand 29 January 2009
  • Spain 30 January 2009
  • Belgium 4 February 2009
  • France 4 February 2009
  • Estonia 6 February 2009
  • United Arab Emirates 12 February 2009
  • Mexico 20 February 2009
  • Switzerland 25 February 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Germany 26 February 2009
  • Kazakhstan 26 February 2009
  • Malaysia 26 February 2009
  • Russia 26 February 2009
  • Singapore 26 February 2009
  • Switzerland 26 February 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 27 February 2009
  • Denmark 27 February 2009
  • Lithuania 27 February 2009
  • Panama 27 February 2009
  • Egypt 4 March 2009
  • Netherlands 12 March 2009
  • Peru 16 April 2009
  • Colombia 17 April 2009
  • Czech Republic 18 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 20 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 22 May 2009
  • Brazil 3 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Ecuador 12 June 2009
  • Argentina 24 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Bolivia 30 July 2009
  • Japan 5 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 8 September 2011 (TV premiere)
  • Hungary 8 October 2011 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. joestank15 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:25 pm

    Role Models – Two energy drink spokesmen, Wheeler and Danny (SeannWilliam Scott and Paul Rudd) get in trouble with the law after Dannyhas a break-up with his girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks who is ineverything these days). They are given the choice of jail or communityservice with troubled kids, and choose the latter. Danny is given a boyAugie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse of Superbad) who wears a cape and isinto role-playing games. Wheeler is given a foul mouthed terror of aboy (Bobb'e J. Thompson).

    Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott have good chemistry. Rudd has drysarcasm to spare and Scott plays a sex-addled numbskull. Theirinteractions with the two talented young boys are funny andoccasionally sweet. Bobb'e J. Thompson is one of the better childactors of his age and makes the nightmare of every teacher a cool oftenwickedly funny little character. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, or"McLovin'" as he's known throughout America, plays essentially the samecharacter but sweeter and shy and, funny enough, less creepy. So yeah,he's pretty firmly typecast as "dork" at this point. But he's a verypalatable dork and may help raise the image of dorks everywhere abovethe status of subhuman. I heard many girls in the audience verysensitive to his plight in the audience.

    A few parts of the plot are contrived. But aside from a few film snobs,who goes to see a comedy for its original plot? The important thing isthe laughs, and this is where the film delivers. Directed by DavidWain, maker of The Ten (funny cult film), and written by Wain and PaulRudd, this film is hilarious. The laughs were frequent and hearty. Oneof the films defining elements is the showcasing of role-playing gamessuch as Dungeons&Dragons (here it is known as L.A.I.R.E). Role Modelstakes a surprisingly even handed look at it. It pokes fun, of course(so easy). But there is also respect ingrained. The result is a case of"so lame it's awesome" where the absurdity of D&D is given the gravitasof your average Hollywood blockbuster. It's hilarious, and does lookterribly fun.

    And it's here that the film makes it's stand. Do what makes you happy,no matter what your parents or anyone else tells you. It's been said inso many films that the message seems false at this point. But in RoleModel's extreme example of people doing what makes them happy, itreally does ring true. You got to give a bunch of people playing withfoam swords in the forest their due. They're doing what makes themhappy. Can you say the same for yourself? I can't right now.

    This was a delightful film. It may be a bad year for movies, but it's adamn fine one for comedy. A-

  2. Kristine ( from Chicago, Illinois
    30 Mar 2012, 5:25 pm

    After seeing the trailer for Role Models, I thought it looked like afunny movie, but I wasn't expecting much, I was thinking they mighthave just shown the great parts in the trailer and that would be it.But I took the opportunity and saw Role Models the other day and I haveto say this is completely opposite from what I was expecting, first offI was worried that there was going to be a lot of gross humor and thekids might be more annoying than funny, but it turn out that this wasone of the funniest movies I have seen this year. I just couldn't stoplaughing throughout this film, who knew that Sean William Scott couldactually be really funny? I know there are a lot of Stiffler fans thatwill hate that sentence, but I don't remember a time that I laughed sohard at his character. He and Paul Rudd both worked so well togetherand were terrific on screen, this was the last duo on Earth that Iexpected such great laughs from.

    Wheeler and Danny both work for an energy drink company, but after avery hard day for Danny he crashes their company truck on schoolproperty, but his ex-girlfriend, Beth, who is a lawyer is able to getthem just 150 hours community service with two kids, one is a totaldungeons and dragons nerd and the other is just a pain in the butt. Youknow how the story goes, Danny learns how to be happy and Wheelerfinally grows up into a more father figure role.

    Now the story is something we have seen a million times before, butit's still a great comedy. Jane Lynch who is becoming one of myfavorite comedic actresses, you've also seen her in 40 year old virgin,she is just absolutely hilarious in this movie and has all the bestlines "You know what I ate for breakfast? Cocaine. You know what I atefor lunch? Cocaine…" she is such a great and fun actress to watch onscreen. I really loved Role Models, it turned out to be a great comedyand was an absolute blast to watch. I highly recommend if you get thechance to see it, take it, it's a guaranteed laugh.


  3. LarryDallas
    30 Mar 2012, 5:25 pm

    I saw this movie at a free screening last night, and by the time themovie was over, I was hoarse because I laughed so much. And theseweren't just little laughs, but big guffaws. The whole audience waslaughing through the whole movie. The previews are funny, but this isone instance where they don't show the only funny parts of the movie inthe previews. Paul Rudd is a great actor, in general, and he reallyshines in this movie. The movie is hysterical, raunchy, and touching.Kudos to Rudd, Wain, and Merino. I really hope that this movie gains alot of ground through the great buzz it is currently getting. Itdeserves that buzz.

  4. Kevin J. Keefe from Washington, DC
    30 Mar 2012, 5:25 pm

    Just saw this tonight at an advance screening. It was very funny, andwarm hearted. I suppose the humor is often crude, but, hey. The naturaldialog reminded me of Superbad and 40 Year Old Virgin. Paul Rudd hasdeveloped a deadpan style of improvisational humor that seems to workbetter and better the more movies he makes. Christopher Mintz-Plassefrom Superbad and Robb'e J. Johnson are excellent as the kids. JaneLynch brings her signature brand of demented free association to therole of the charity-addicted leader of a kids charity. If you likedSuperbad, Pineapple Express and 40 Year Old Virgin, go! If you didn't;Dude, like, don't!

  5. lookatmenowlookatyou from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:25 pm

    Move over Superbad and Knocked Up. The guys from The State, The Ten,and Wet Hot American Summer have outdone themselves tenfold. I saw apreview screening a little less than a month ago, going in with noexpectations. Paul Rudd's never written a movie before, but I enjoy KenMarino and David Wain's work so I knew it would at least be amusing.Wow was I wrong. From start to finish, every line was perfectly writtenwith perfect delivery from Rudd and company.

    If this movie isn't a hard R, it's going to suck big time. The movie'sraunchiness is its best quality, and I can't wait to see it a couplemore times on opening weekend.

    Extremely recommended for everybody.

  6. diac228 ( from Orlando, Florida
    30 Mar 2012, 5:25 pm

    For every twenty filthy disgusting R-rated comedy gems, there's onethat stands out because of its heavy dosage of heart. Role Models isn'tthe sort of movie you'd expect to be the exception, but nonethelessdelivers quality film-making, quality writing and acting, and plenty oflife-lessons as well as raunchy humor to keep you laughing throughout.Paul Rudd's first script is full of his dry, sarcastic, witty brand ofhumor; and then we have the hilarious Seann William Scott in thesidekick role. Underneath the layers of profanity, sex jokes, cleavagelies life values and a hidden layer of sentimentality that seeps itsway through the second and third acts. The transition is very slow andgradually actually improves the film as it rolls on.

    Role Models follows two slackers, a bitter one (Rudd) and a rowdy,horny freebird (William Scott) being forced to community service aftera mishap outside a school. For their community service, they have toenroll in a big brother-like program and take care of a kid for 150hours. The task becomes hard because one of them is a major fan of thefantasy, medieval role-playing lifestyle, and the other is afoul-mouthed, misbehaving youngling with no respect towards adults orpeople in general. As they spend more time together however, theyrealize they have a lot more in common than previously assumed; andsuddenly start changing each other's habits for the better.

    The screenplay is helmed by four minds, with Paul Rudd providing hispersonal touch for the first time in his career. The payoff ismagnificent, as the plot never dwells into formulaic, and most of thehumor hits rather than misses. Unlike most modern rated-R comedies,some of the jokes are very low and come quickly, therefore passing bythe viewer without getting a reaction. It takes some quick wit to nabthe swiftly-delivered one-liners. Paul Rudd is perfectly cast as thelead character Danny, and performs with an overwhelming aura ofselfishness, sarcasm, and subtle hostility. Seann William Scott is athis best when being second banana (See: American Pie, The Rundown) andis also perfectly cast as the wild, immature co-worker of Danny. Lastbut not least we must applaud Christopher Mintz-Plasse as he deliversanother grand geeky performance that mixes humor with heart.

    What separates incredible rated-R comedies like The 40-Year-Old Virginand There's Something About Mary from stinkers like Scary Movie 2,Superbad, and My Best Friend's Girl is how much raunchy material ispresented and its timing. In the first two films mentioned, there'ssqueamish and adult humor sprinkled throughout, but it's never overdoneor overkilled. Role Models has a lot of profanity, a bit of sex, and abit of crudeness attached; but these elements are never one-hundredpercent focused on. Director David Wain knows how to keep the film frombeing unbearably crude and unwatchable by proving other ways to deliverlaughs: whether it is with physical humor, snappy comebacks, andhilarious scenarios. The best bits are when Danny and Wheeler arehaving trouble adjusting to the behaviors of their "little brothers."

    But then the movie dwells into deeper territory by providing insightinto the reason why the little brothers are such a hassle to handle;and why these kids can potentially help our two main characters. Themesabout life, love, family, and understanding the next individual are alltoo present. Nobody's bizarre and unique mannerisms are ever leftunexplained. By the end you've gotten to know the characters so well,you can figure out their next moves. It's a sort of predictabilitythat's actually refreshing. Of course, then we are all thrown off bythe climax, which stages one of the funniest moments in 2008 cinema.The epic finale is long, but ludicrous, and wraps up the story verynicely.

    Bottom Line: It usually isn't my nature to give a film with dozens ofcleavage jokes a high score (especially with my hate affair with DaneCook), but Role Models is surprisingly cute, surprisingly sweet, anddelightfully hilarious and touching. You'll care for everyone by thethird act, and will remain entertained until the very end. Unlike theaverage adult comedy, this one comes with a lot of values and adorablelittle moments that makes this worth watching more than once. Paul Ruddis a much underrated actor and entertainer, as we see him deliver onhis first main comedic role. Here's to hoping we'll see much more ofhim in the near future. In the meantime, you'll do yourself some goodby watching this gem.

    "No, venti is twenty. Large is large. In fact, tall is large and grandeis Spanish for large. Venti is the only one that doesn't mean large.It's also the only one that's Italian. Congratulations, you're stupidin three languages."

  7. cosmorados from United Kingdom
    30 Mar 2012, 5:25 pm

    Danny is in a rut with his life and hates his job as a promoter of asugar/caffeine energy drink called minotaur, while his co-worker,Wheeler, loves it. However after being dumped by his girlfriend, Dannycrashes his minotaur truck into a school monument and he and Wheelerface the prospect of 30 days in jail or 150 hours of community servicedoing big-brother type work with disadvantaged youngsters. WhileWheeler is landed with Ronny an obnoxious little 10 year old, Danny islanded with a dungeons and dragon playing geek called Augie. Whileneither of them hit it off with the kids at first they all eventuallybecome friends and learn a lot of life lessons. Ahhhh!

    Now, you might think that from this semi-sarcastic tone I hated it, butoh contraire, far from. I admit I had low expectations of this filmthat were completely smashed by the scatter-gun humour of the film. Thedialogue is funny and the sarcasm bitingly funny at times, as the topline suggests. Paul Rudd is perfect as the miserable Danny and SeanWilliam Scott is perfectly cast as the free-living, but unfortunateWheeler.

    The film manages to tread that fine line between cliché ridden schmaltz(Like 27 dresses) and refreshingly enjoyable comedies (Like SomethingAbout Mary) with a deft touch, the direction is sure footed and managesto deliver a surprise ending that I would never have guessed from howit began.

    A laugh out loud comedy that exceeds expectations.

  8. dougrob173 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:25 pm

    As a comedy this movie delivers. I review movies for my part time joband after seeing 10+ movies a week, you get pretty numb to most of thestuff out there. This is one of the few comedies I've laughed out loudat in a while. There are lots of funny scenes throughout that kept melaughing the entire movie, instead of most comedies that just have lotsof hit and miss scenes. This is up there Adam McKay's stuff, and betterthan most Happy Madison films.

    Many people have given this movie a bad review/rating based on its lackof story. Um sorry to break the news to you, but comedies are about onething – humor. The story is only a background element to make a comedy,same as every other comedy out there. You rate a drama based on itsstory, not a comedy.

  9. DarkVulcan29 ( from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 5:25 pm

    If you are having a bad day,or bad week. If you are looking for a filmthat will make you laugh and forget about your troubles. I don't thinkRole Models is that movie for you.

    The film centers around Danny(Paul Rudd) and Wheeler(Seann WilliamScott) Two juice promoters, who go to schools promoting the product,telling kids to stay off drugs, and more juice. But Danny is having theworst week ever, and crashes his company car, with Wheeler in the seatnext to him. His soon to be ex girlfriend Beth(Elizabeth Banks) who isa lawyer, manages to avoid getting them jail time, by doing hours ofcommunity service, volunteering at a big brother place called SturdyWings led by Gayle(Jane Lynch). Wheeler is assigned to Ronnie(Bobb'e JThompson) who is 10 years old, and has a foul mouth like he's ChrisRock. Danny is assigned to Augie(McLovins, Christopher Mintz-Plasse)who likes to dress like a knight, and fight like he is in medievaltimes. But will this be good for Danny and Wheeler, or will they bebetter off in jail?

    Okay I'm not gonna beat around the bush, this movie was very unpleasantin many ways. Namely the Ronnie character, hearing those bad wordscoming out of a kid that young, was very shocking. If he was a littlebit older, it would not have mater'd as much. I mean what where hisparents thinking, when they sign'd him on to this. Elizabeth Bankscharacter is so unwatchable, maybe I was supposed to feel bad for hercharacter, but I felt nothing, because she is annoyingly predictablyportrayed as a female who would be played in these types of comedies.And Jane Lynch, who's the worst of the worst. She delivers the mostoveracting performance ever. Playing a former drug addict, who actslike she still is on drugs. Listening to her give all that annoyingdialog, made me want to throw my head up against the wall. SeannWilliam Scott once again playing another Stifler like character, heshould really try to separate himself, and this film won't do it. Andthe more Scott tries to hard to be funny, is what keeps him from beingfunny.

    Now Paul Rudd on the other hand, I'm gonna separate from the others inthe film, cause he manages to deliver a solid performance, although hedoes not get higher laughs, but he is the most interesting characterfrom the rest. Cause Rudd does not overact, and does not try so hard.The scenes with him and Mintz-Plasse are watchable. But the rest of thefilm is so stupid, it picks up at times. But it becomes so predictableand uninteresting. It is a reminder that these types of comedies trynothing new, there all the same, they take no chances. Role Models isan example of that.

  10. Steven from Columbus, Ohio
    30 Mar 2012, 5:25 pm

    Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott are two very funny comedic actors.They prove what great chemistry they have together. Rudd and Scott staras Danny and Wheeler, two ne'er-do-wells who are sentenced to docommunity service. They have to serve in a Big-Brother-type programcalled Sturdy Wings for a total of 150 hours. Danny and Wheeler haveopposite attitudes, yet they get along like they have been best friendsfor years. Jane Lynch (The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Talladega Nights)steals the show as the supervisor of the program that Danny and Wheelerare enrolled in. Elizabeth Banks gives a good supporting turn asDanny's girlfriend and lawyer. Another show stealer is Bobb'e J.Thompson as Ronnie, the kid Wheeler has to be a big brother to.Thompson is given some of the funniest lines and he is believable inthis role.

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