Role Models

Role Models

In Theatres: 
Nov 07, 2008
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 35 Minutes

Role Models partners Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott in another feel good shock comedy about two guys who find themselves serving community service at the Sturdy Wings program as mentors or facing jail time. Rudd co-writes the screenplay.  If you’ve seen any of the Apatow films then you’ve pretty much seen this one. You have your slacker types who run into some bad luck but find themselves in the process. Rudd plays an ornery energy drink worker who along with his oversexed partner (Seann William Scott) are forced to work as mentors after crashing their truck into a school statue among other crimes. Enter Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin’ from Superbad fame) who plays Rudd’s protégé Augie Farks, a D&D nerd whose world consists of Laire, a real world role playing battle game. Seann William Scott is partnered with Ronnie, undoubtedly the most foul mouthed character in the entire film. Finally, warden like Jane Lynch, whose character wasn’t all that funny or well acted, rounds out the group. In the end no one really plays any new character. Rudd is his character from Knocked Up, Seann William Scott plays a continuation of his role in American Pie and Plasse oozes the innocence of McLovin’. No large stretches in acting by far.
The film is funny in the same way as any Apatow film you might have seen. Vulgarity and nudity are a reoccurrence in the film which pretty much gets most of the laughs. Not to much memorable moments in the film but it gets the job done providing a sense of escapism and laughter for its audience for an hour and thirty five minutes. Worth the price of admission but nothing to rave about.

AJ Garcia
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