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Comedy farce in which two boisterous salesmen are forced to spend a community service sentence helping out wayward kids. Wheeler (Seann William Scott) and Danny (Paul Rudd) are two energy drink salesmen who sample a few too many of their products and end up crashing one of the company trucks. Hauled before a judge, the two friends have to decide between opting for time in jail or becoming mentors to some troubled kids; they soon wish they'd chosen the former. Danny, recently dumped by his girlfriend, finds it hard trying to give some manly advice to his shy, 16 year-old charge, who is obsessed with medieval role-playing games, while adolescent-at-heart Wheeler is supposed to help Ronnie (Bobb'e Thompson) learn respect for his elders and curb his foul-mouthed ways. Now, given a final ultimatum by the centre's one time director Gayle Sweeny (Jane Lynch), Danny and Wheeler have to prove that they are reformed characters, not only to their charges, but to themselves.

Starring:
Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seann William Scott, Bobb'e J.Thompson, Paul Rudd
Director David Wain
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL
Rental release 11 May 2009
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Seann William Scott, Bobb'e J.Thompson, Paul Rudd
Director David Wain
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL
Rental release 11 May 2009
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Scott on 23 April 2009
Format: DVD
Role Models is a really funny film. Stiffler and McLovin in the same flick! What makes the film work, aside from the slapstick laughs is that at its core it has genuine heart. The viewer can genuinely warm to the characters who are all outsiders in their own different ways.
The last twenty minutes or so when the cast are dressed as fighting fantasy characters doing battle in a live action gameplay scenario is side-splittingly funny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Oct 2012
Format: DVD
Role Models is directed by David Wain who also collectively writes the screenplay with Timothy Dowling, Paul Rudd and Ken Marino. It stars Paul Rudd, Sean William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobbi'e J. Thompson, Elizabeth Banks and Jane Lynch. Music is by Craig Wedren and cinematography by Russ T. Alsobrook.

Two energy drink salesmen (Rudd and Scott) are ordered to perform 150 hours of community service as punishment for an offence that occurred when their company vehicle was about to be towed. For their service, the two men work at a program called Sturdy Wings that is designed to pair kids with adult role models.

Personally I avoided it until now because it just sounded like another lame American bawdy comedy about two slacker dudes who create chaos and then grow up by the end credits. This in spite of the fact that I rate Rudd highly and have often found Scott watchable in small doses. As it happens, the film follows the standard formula of plotting but rises above it with funny dialogue, a commitment to its characters and an avoidance of the sort of treacle thick sentimentality that is out of place in this type of comedy. It's also expertly performed by the cast, with the youngsters doing their shift admirably.

Yep, there's adherence to poignancy and type, while the odd scene just comes off as being too smug and clever. But there's so much fun to be had here it doesn't hurt the film, it's a true pick me up if you are feeling down, a splendid case of a cast finding chemistry across the board and delivering on the promise of the zippy script. 8/10
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By Dan on 20 Feb 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Like a large amount of comedies this one is about how men are idiots.

The plot doesn't really matter, its a bit cheesy and forces situations for the chance of humour, with a touch of will they do it, and finishing with a goody goody ending..

The four eccentric characters forced together and playing off each other matter so so much:
The pessimist who doesn't value what he has and feels trapped in his dead end job.
The man child who loves the freedom from responsibility and is squeezing every last drop of a college lifestyle that having a dead end job allows and doesn't realise how little he has.
The young roleplaying nerd who is even uncool and unpopular for a nerd and receives no support for being who he is.
The politically in correct turned up to eleven and loud and proud of it tiny child who has way too much attitude for his age and just loves boobies.

The characters are larger than life and borderline ridiculous and just watching them argue and bicker and mess up and try to fix things together is very funny and memorable. The dips in the film are when the plot has to pierce through. I could watch the four of them for hours. It reminds me of when pub banter amongst four good friends turns into the hysterical.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Nov 2013
Format: DVD
When I first sat down to watch this I was expecting another puerile American teen coming of age comedy that has the film snob in me snorting in disgust. In many respects that's exactly what it is, but this is a superior entry into the genre that is highly amusing and nowhere near as toe-curlingly cringingly embarrassing as I usually find such movies.

All the usual clichés are present and correct. Two buddies in their thirties, one strait-laced, the other a bit of a lad, go off the rails with disastrous results. Mr up tight loses long term girlfriend. Both go on a journey of self discovery to loosen up and recover girlfriend (mr up-tight) and grow up a bit (jack the lad). Redemption is found after many hilarious adventures. In this one redemption is found through the mentoring of two difficult children.

So far so meh. But there is something that sets this film apart. And that is that it is actually very imaginative. The redemptive grand finale is a superb effort from the film makers, with a very imaginative set up that is extremely well realised. And all the actors involved are pretty good at what they do, especially the two difficult kids, who really steal the show. The only weak link is Jane Lynch in a misjudged performance as an ex junky turned social worker that I found totally unfunny.

In all 4 stars for a great hour and a half's entertainment.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amy on 17 Feb 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a brilliantly funny film in the same vein of Knocked Up and Superbad.

Basically Sean William-Scott and Paul Rudd are co-workers and upon Rudd's wife leaving him he loses the plot and whilst at work gets both himself and his co-worker in trouble with the police. As punishment they get to be role models to a total nerd (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and a young Stiffler in the making.

This is hilariously funny with excellent writing, acting and cast. I loved the Whispering Eye reference it was so funny.
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