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:
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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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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By Mrs. T. Greenhough on 29 Aug 2009
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When I first watched this film I just thiyght it would be another super bad and knocked up type film bot i was pleasently suprised as the the tone of the comedy is much different

Scott and Rudd are fantastic as the leads and very beliveble yet lovable losers christopher mintz paltze had me crying in the isle's as the hillarious and geeky augie

A brilliant film that wil make you laugh and cry a great viewing for all comedy fans!
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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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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter R TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
Friend of mine recommended this yesterday evening. I wanted a comedy to watch as I was feeling a little rough.

This was a nice light-hearted movie but there weren't the 'laugh-out-loud' moments promised on the cover. The story is simple. Two losers get the choice of jail or community service. They choose the latter and end up with two rather weird and difficult 'littles' to look after. The remainder of the film is about the two 'bigs' finding a purpose for living and learning to appreciate other people and not be so selfish. Aww[...]

I think the main problem is that the film isn't quite sure who its audience is. Sure, it has William-Scott of the Stifler fame from American Pie. It has McLovin of the 'Superbad' fame, so one would think that this was in the same vain as those two movies. But it isn't really.

The closest it gets to those movies is the tiny swearing black kid who draws rude pictures. But it's mildly funny the first few times and then it's monotonous.

But the real focus of the movie is how these four rather different characters learn and adapt because of each other and 'save the day', and in so doing, save each other.

So on the one hand it has a swearing black kid, and on the other it has a sweet ending that will attract the girlies. In between there are some mildly funny bits but I wouldn't be able to tell you what they were.

If you are looking for a Superbad-type movie, this isn't it. If you are looking for a sweet movie to watch with the whole family, this isn't it. If you are looking for a movie to watch with a bunch of girls, this is probably not it.

I suppose, if you are looking for a movie that both guys and girls will get something out of, then this will probably do the trick.
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