Directed by David Wain.
Written by Paul Rudd, David Wain, Ken Marino and Timothy
Starring Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
and Bobb'e J. Thompson.
Release Year: 2008
Review Date: 12/2/08
Some of the guys that helped make
"The Ten" made "Role
Models"...I'm sure glad I didn't know that until AFTER I saw "Role
Models", because that might have made me skip what ended up being a
really funny movie.
Sure, "Role Models" feels like it was made
by the "Superbad"/"The
40-Year-Old Virgin" crowd, and that's not a bad thing--two
energy drink sales reps (Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott,
essentially playing themselves) get in trouble with the law and are
forced to do 150 hours of community service at a Big Brother-like
program run by a former cocaine addict (Jane Lynch, a frequent
player in Christopher Guest movies like
Wind"). Rudd's character, Danny, is assigned to mentor a
teenage dork named Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, from "Superbad");
Scott's character, Wheeler, is assigned to mentor a ten-year-old,
profanity-proficient, breast-loving kid named Ronnie (Bobb'e J.
Thompson). After rough starts, and lots of laughs, everything
works itself out.
"Role Models" had a funny trailer, and
thanks to a bevy of wrongness/profanity/physical humor/mock medieval
battlefields, the movie gets lots of mileage out of things you don't
see in the film's trailer. Comedies like this are fewer and
farther between, and even though the film is far from perfect (and,
I laughed harder during
Express" and even
Thunder" at times), I think you need to see this movie.
Certainly, it fits right into the guy wheelhouse--pretty girls, lots
of shit-talking, completely gratuitous toilet humor (in small
bursts, thankfully), and people who get "killed" by large foam
Scott has made so many of these types of
films, it is amazing that I think he is still funny, but there he
is, being funny again; the real surprise here is Thompson, who is
great as the kid and has many of the film's best lines. I
don't know how his parents feel about cursing non-stop during a
100-minute film, but that's not my problem, and here, it works very,
very well. Lynch also shines as the deadpan former coke
user...her line at the end of this film, where she leads with "I
don't want to get into too much detail...", might be the hardest I
laughed during the movie.
In trying to show us the softer side of the
guys, with obvious moments of where the adults let their mentees
down, "Role Models" was eh. But otherwise, this was great
stuff and I'm already excited to see when this puppy starts up in
regular rotation on pay cable.
Rating: $9.50 Show
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Bellview Rating System:
"Opening Weekend": This is
the highest rating a movie can receive. Reserved for movies that
exhibit the highest level of acting, plot, character development,
setting...or Salma Hayek. Not necessarily in that order.
"$X.XX Show": This price
changes each year due to the inflation of movie prices; currently,
it is the $9.50 Show. While not technically perfect, this is a
movie that will still entertain you at a very high level.
"Undercover Brother" falls into this category; it's no "Casablanca",
but you'll have a great time watching. The $9.50 Show won't win any
Oscars, but you'll be quoting lines from the thing for ages (see
"Matinee": An average movie
that merits no more than a $6.50 viewing at your local theater.
Seeing it for less than $9.50 will make you feel a lot better about
yourself. A movie like "Blue Crush" fits this category; you leave
the theater saying "That wasn't too bad...man, did you see that
Lakers game last night?"
"Rental": This rating
indicates a movie that you see in the previews and say to your
friend, "I'll be sure to miss that one." Mostly forgettable, you
couldn't lose too much by going to Hollywood Video and paying $3 to
watch it with your sig other, but you would only do that if the
video store was out of copies of "Ronin." If you can, see this
movie for free. This is what your TV Guide would give "one and a
"Hard Vice": This rating is
the bottom of the barrel. A movie that only six other human beings
have witnessed, this is the worst movie I have ever seen. A Shannon
Tweed "thriller," it is so bad as to be funny during almost every
one of its 84 minutes, and includes the worst ending ever put into a
movie. Marginally worse than "Cabin Boy", "The Avengers" or
"Leonard, Part 6", this rating means that you should avoid this
movie at all costs, or no costs, EVEN IF YOU CAN SEE IT FOR FREE!
(Warning: strong profanity will be used in all reviews of "Hard