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||Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd,
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Jane Lynch,
||Unless you want
them to have a potty-mouth you can't control, keep them
||If she likes
||There are boobies
||Slapstick kind of
||Tons of them.
Ronnie the meaning of KISS' "Love Gun."
||"It's not you.
I hate having dinner with people."
||Mary Parent, Scott
Stuber, Luke Greenfield
Who knew a movie about a foul-mouthed little kid and a
high-schooler who loves "real-life" fantasy role-playing
games could be so endearing? Well if you throw in a story about
two slackers who need direction in life, and you like the
R-ratedness wit of movies nowadays, "Role Models" might rank up
there with one of the funniest comedies of 2008. If you
don't like swear words and boobies, it's probably not so
Here's the story...
A Movie Review
Seann William "Stifler" Scott is Wheeler, and
Paul Rudd is Danny. They could both use some growing up,
especially Danny who has the hot girlfriend, Beth,
(Elizabeth Banks), but when Wheeler and Danny
decide to embark on a vehicular journey that should wind
them up in jail, luckily for them Beth is a lawyer and works
with the judge to get them community service hours rather
than 30 days in the slammer. As such they end up as volunteers
at a kid's daycare-type place called
Wings. Sturdy Wings is run by Gayle Sweeny
(Jane Lynch), a recovering alcoholic and drug addict who is also
someone with a perverted sense of humor who probably
shouldn't be running a center for kids.
In any case, Wheeler is
teamed us as the Big to the Little, Ronnie (Bobb'e J.
Thompson), while Danny is teamed
up with Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). At first it is just the desire to stay out of
jail that keeps Wheeler and Danny from quitting their newfound
kids, but as might seem a little sentimental and sure, even
calculated, we know that eventually Wheeler and Ronnie will bond,
as will Danny and Augie, but it is in the methods that the
bonding occurs that is both fun and endearing, i.e. who knew that
KISS, the band, could be the driving force joining a
foul-mouthed boy obsessed with boobies with a man who knows
all about boobies, and that KissMyAnthia would be a "nation" to help
Danny and Augie realize that maybe they both need each
other, and reunite Danny and Wheeler as friends.
Sure, you might say "Why does a movie that seems to have
such a sweet message have to have it ruined by things like
foul-language and boobies?", and sure, maybe it doesn't really need it, but as
someone who likes the re-embergence of the smart R-Rated
world that has blossomed thanks to adult writing and the
non-dumbing down of comedies, some of us adults can laugh at
the kids, as much as we laugh at the adults, because there
was probably a time we were that little kid, or might still
be that adult.
But "Role Models" is a movie that the more I think
about it, the more I am liking it, and I think that's
because the writing somehow does a great blend of mixing the
touching story of the two kids and their respective families,
with our slackers, and the fact that the acting was great
from all sides. I would say this is my favorite Sean William
Scott performance since his emergence as Stifler in
"American Pie," Paul Rudd does a nice transformation from
the self-absorbed jerk to someone who actually cares, and
sure, some might complain giving a little kid such as Bobb'e
J. Thompson a
full-blown potty-mouth, but hey, those kids are out there,
I've met them, and he does a great job. The other nice thing
is that as much as there will come a time for Christopher
Mintz-Plasse to get out
of the McLovin role he played in
"Superbad," he is so good
as the real-life" fantasy role-playing obsessed kid, not
understood by his family, that he is going to be a comedic
force to be reckoned with if he maintains that role. And not
to be forgotten is Jane Lynch as Gayle Sweeny, and if you remember her as
the sex-obsessed Paula in
"The 40 Year Old Virgin," she is
utterly fantastic here.
Nearly on par with the other comedies I
have liked so much this year, I've got to give "Role Models" 4 Stars out of 5,
though somehow this seems like a movie I can watch over and
over again, whereas some of the Apatow flicks just don't
hold up to repeated viewings. The thing is, the trailers really don't
do this movie justice, so if you are a fan of the R-Ratedness
in comedies that has come along, believe it or not, "Role
Models" ranks right up there.
That's it for this one! I'm
The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!