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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:
Jane Lynch, Paul Rudd
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Jane Lynch, Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elizabeth Banks, Bobb'e J.Thompson
Director David Wain
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL
Rental release 11 May 2009
Main languages English
Dubbing Hungarian
Subtitles Dutch, Swedish, Finnish, Icelandic, Danish, English, Hungarian, Norwegian
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 35 minutes
Starring Jane Lynch, Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elizabeth Banks, Bobb'e J.Thompson
Director David Wain
Genres Comedy
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK VIDEO RENTAL
Rental release 11 May 2009
Main languages English
Dubbing Spanish, French
Subtitles Spanish, French
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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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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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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Just not that good or funny. Juvenile deliquents may enjoy this or young kids, but this is just not funny.
Crude and depressing. A dull, predictable, unfunny swear fest.

Lots of swearing, but not of it funny. Good acting by most involved, but this is not a funny comedy in my opinion.
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Love the programme lower the fees, or at least deduct the cost of an episode if you have bought then later then later decided to buy like apple do with completing albums etc when you purchased 1 or 2 of the songs already.
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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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So it's January in the UK, i'm guessing everyone's rather demotivated because of the recession and are feeling the effects of Christmas financially and due to all the food. Role Models was just a perfect way for some light-hearted comedy that did not fail to satisfy. Paul Rudd and Christopher Mintz Plasse were the two members of the cast that really drew me in due Rudd's role as Mike in 'Friends' and of course Mintz role as Fogell in 'Superbad'. Both of them, as well as the rest of the cast are all hilarious and brilliant in Role Models.

It's a silly film, with silly and some crude jokes, however, they are just hilarious at the same time. Having a 12 year old kid mouthing off all the time, as well as a teenager that's obsessed with a fantasy-real-life-battle game worked so well. On top of that you have Rudd who just isn't happy and is not afraid to show it and Scott, a guy who just doesn't care and just wants to hook up with girls. The four interesting albeit eccentric characters work so well together to help create a fantastic comedy.

The plot of the film is very bleak, but what comedy film isn't? They're not made great for their deep storylines, look at Superbad, Shaun of the Dead and Anchorman. Basically, Rudd and Scott get sentenced to 150 hours community service and must mentor these kids during this time. The laughs that Role Models provides are fantastic. While there are some are predictable jokes, the majority of them are clever and will have you laughing and not just chuckling, but actually really laughing; my voice wasn't very strong afterwards.

So although the film does not have a majorly deep storyline, it's enough to provide a film that provides more than a bagful of hilarious and clever jokes that will definitely satisfy a wide audience. Feeling a little bit down or you just want a good old fashioned comedy movie to relax with? Pick up Role Models, i'm sure you won't regret it.

5/5
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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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