Role Models 2008

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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:
Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd
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 Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jane Lynch, Bobb'e J.Thompson, Elizabeth Banks
Director David Wain
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL
Rental release 11 May 2009
Main languages English

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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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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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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Churpy Charly on 9 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
Me and my boyfriend were visiting New york and we decided to go to the cinema, as we were told the seats were amazing! We hadn't heard of anything that was out over there and it was just pot luck we picked Role Models as we both thought Paul Rudd and Sean william Scott were ok.
I can tell you i am so pleased we chose that film! it was sooo funny, there was not one bit that didn't get the audience howling!! i loved it, i can't wait till it comes out over here. The kids that are in it have such different characters but are equally hilarious! They both did really well! Now me and my boyfriend love Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott! It is truley the best comedy i have EVER seen!!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lucy Felthouse TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2009
Format: DVD
I was sold on Role Models almost instantly - starring the lovely Paul Rudd, and the hilarious Seann William Scott and esteemed Christopher Mintz-Plasse (aka. Superbad's McLovin') - it made me laugh about 5 seconds into the film. A good start. I also laughed continuously throughout and well into the extras.

The film begins with work colleagues Danny and Wheeler during a day's work. The guys promote Minotaur, a flourescent green energy drink. They travel from school to school, talking about how drugs are bad, and Minotaur is good. Wheeler, a bit of a simple guy, is a ladies' man and loves his job. Danny, on the other hand, suddenly realises he's 35 years old and hasn't done anything with his life, having worked in the same dead-end job for a decade. Things go from bad to worse for Danny when he argues with his girlfriend, who then dumps him, and finally crashes the Minotaur promotional truck. For dangerous driving, damage to property, etc, not surprisingly, the guys end up in trouble with the law. Danny's ex is a lawyer who agrees to help them out - and as an alternative to 30 days in jail, Danny and Wheeler are sentenced to 150 hours community service. But instead of picking up litter and scrubbing graffiti, they're sent to Sturdy Wings - a service which pairs up an adult (Big) and a child (Little) who then spend 'quality time' together. Cue recipe for disaster.

The rest of the film deals with what happens with Danny and Wheeler and their Littles. Both Littles are very unique, and the guys have their work cut out for them. Role Models comes to a very satisfying conclusion, with some real belly laughs in between. I love this film - it's funny, heartwarming (in a weird kind of a way!) and hugely entertaining.
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