“Role Models” Tries to Be more than Crude Humor

Genres: Comedy and Drama
Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.
Release Date: November 7th, 2008 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity. Distributors: Universal Pictures Distribution

Directed by: David Wain

JJ Rating: B+

Danny (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Seann William Scott) go from school to school talking about drugs while talking about an energy drink. Danny gets fed up and ends up doing something stupid that gets him and Wheeler in a lot of trouble so they have to either go to jail or do community service….they choose community service. Role Models.

First of all Paul Rudd is always the grumpy character with an issue and Seann William Scott is always the carefree cheerful person who is horny. It’s not a problem in this film, but it’s starting to get redundant. But for Role Models it works well. They were paired up with Christopher Mintz-Plasse who played Augie the cape wearing nerd fest and Bobb’e J. Thompson who played Ronnie the bad mouth boy who has a boob addiction. The four of them were fantastic together. There was humor beyond the trailer and that’s always a good thing. The scene in the trailer that has Wheeler talking about how he was eco-conscious because of no water or electricity was not in the film. Elizabeth Banks was charming as Beth; far more so than in that Porno movie. Jane Lynch was just great. Every time she opened her mouth I practically laughed.

The great scenes were when Jane Lynch would talk about BSing and BSers. It was so out there weird that it was hilarious. Thompson and William Scott make a great pair. They worked well together like they were long lost brothers. The boobie talk, the jeep driving, the cuss out were all great scenes. Rudd and Mintz-Plasse were good together. The dinner table scene, the he killed the king scene, the patch scene were all good stuff.

The problem was that when it did try to reach for a heartfelt moment it sort of missed the mark. But, at the same time, it did sort of hit the mark. I liked that the ending was not conventional in the sense that someone gets what they wanted and worked for. The way they end up getting what they actually wanted was not how the envisioned it, so that was different and good.

Role Models was 9 minutes past the mark of what a good comedy should stop at. However, it was still funny and therefore one of the exceptions to the rule, sort of. If you like crude humor and don’t mind a child swearing worse than a sailor then this film will entertain you. I was entertained. Role Models has role models no one would want their child to be around and yet by the end most people might just change their mind about that.

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