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Role Models
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Starring: Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Jane Lynch, Elizabeth Banks
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Universal Pictures
Web Site: www.rolemodelsmovie.com
Kiddie Movie: Unless you want them to have a potty-mouth you can't control, keep them away.
Date Movie: If she likes R-rated comedies.
Gratuitous Sex: There are boobies and talk.
Gratuitous Violence: Slapstick kind of stuff.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Tons of them.
Memorable Scene: Wheeler teaching Ronnie the meaning of KISS' "Love Gun."
Memorable Quote: "It's not you.  I hate having dinner with people."
Directed By: David Wain
Produced By: Mary Parent, Scott Stuber, Luke Greenfield

Role Models
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 1:39 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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 funny. Here's the story...

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 Sturdy 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!!!

 

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