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Role Models
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Saturday, 15 November 2008 08:09

ThumbnailAfter last weekend’s raunch-fest Zack and Miri Make a Porno, I wasn’t sure if I could handle another profanity laden, testosterone charged, adult comedy. And had this been any other movie I might have been right! But Role Models surpasses any expectations I had and scores big points for taking a formula plot and ending up with anything but formula comedy.

Role Models is about two guys in arrested development. Danny (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Seann William Scott, aka the iconic Stifler) work as reps for an energy drink called Minotaur. Basically they drive around in a big truck that looks like a bull and tell kids not to get hooked on drugs, but on Minotaur instead. Wheeler thinks he’s “living the dream” but Danny on the other hand has become cynical and depressed. He’s in a funk at work and with his beautiful girlfriend Beth (Elizabeth Banks). When she breaks up with him he decides that things couldn’t get much worse and basically has a nervous breakdown and getting them arrested in the process. In an effort to avoid jail time they take community service at an organization called Sturdy Wings (sort of like Big Brothers with a potty-mouth). To succeed they have to endure a month of mentoring a couple outcast kids, 15-year old Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, best known as McLovin from Superbad) and 10-year old Ronnie (Bobb’e J. Thompson). Soon they begin to think that jail time might have been the safer alternative!

This movie is crude, vulgar and absolutely hilarious. And the best part is that you’d expect all the funny moments to be in the very funny preview… but that isn’t the case. There is so much more worked into this clever, sharp-tongued script! How many movies do you know can combine atomic energy drinks, gratuitous nudity, camping trips and medieval battles into one package? I laughed out loud most of the way through.

The two stars work very well together and have great buddy chemistry, though the characters are formula. Seann William Scott could play this guy in his sleep, since he’s basically just an older version of his American Pie character Stifler. He charms his way into the pants of any woman he meets with those perfect teeth and cheesy pickup lines. Paul Rudd rocks the dry sarcasm, and he even manages to rock the little song he sings to Elizabeth Banks at the end - a moment that would have been awkward anywhere else. It makes me wish for more of this great Canadian actor at the movies.

ThumbnailThe supporting cast is just as talented, including Elizabeth Banks who should have had more screen-time. She doesn’t get the opportunity to work her funny bone as she’s proven she can in Zack and Miri. Jane Lynch plays an ex-cokehead who runs the Sturdy Wings agency with an iron fist. She is scary and strange and steals most of her scenes. Check out the Sturdy Wings website at for some pretty hilarious content including interviews with “bigs” (the mentors) and “little’s” (the kids).

Role Models successfully goes where few other comedies do… it takes a formula plot and turn it on its head. It also manages to inject the right amount of sweetness, but don’t let that scare you off.