Role Models Review

14 Nov



If you have read any of my other reviews you probably know that I enjoyed this movie. “Role Models” is a comedy starring and written by Paul Rudd. The movie also stars Seann William Scott (you may remember him as Stifler from American Pie), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin from Superbad), Elizabeth Banks (she is in a lot of movies right now), Jane Lynch (Paula from The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and Bobb’e J. Thompson (who I have never heard of). The movie revolves around what happens when Danny (Rudd) and Wheeler (Scott) get court ordered time being “bigs” in a mentor-ship program called “Sturdy Wings.” The court ordered time is due to Danny’s breakdown after his girlfriend, Beth (Banks), dumps him after a half-hearted proposal attempt.

The program’s director Gayle (Lynch) is an ex-con who managed to turn her life around and started this program to help kids. She immediately calls out Danny and Wheeler and warns them that they cannot “BS a BSer” and threatens them with jail time if they don’t play by her rules. She pairs Wheeler up with Rodney (Thompson). Rodney is the foul-mouthed little African-American kid you see in the commercials. His mom is a single working mom who just doesn’t have the time to take care of him 24/7 so she sends him to Sturdy Wings.

Danny gets matched up with Augie Farks (Mintz-Plasse). Augie is an older child who enjoys  role playing and is first seen on the roof of Sturdy Wings practicing his sword technique. He brings Danny to the park where he participates in giant role-played wars. The climax of the movie takes place during the “Battle Royal” in which all of the main characters take part to help Augie.

Augie is in the Sturdy Wings program because his mom and step dad are hoping it helps him get past his dorky love of role-playing. Augie’s mom is played by Kerri Kennery-Silver (Trudy from Reno 911! fame) with this being the first time I’ve seen her in a character other than Trudy.

As you would imagine the movie comes to the point where the role models screw up and are banned from continuing their roles as role models but to make it a good happy ending they all come together for a common good. In this case all four come together to help Augie in the “Battle Royal” as Danny’s actions get him kicked out of his country. The country they form is Kiss based. In fact, this movie has at least four Kiss references which I think may be a record for a movie not featuring Gene Simmons. I am trying to not give away all the jokes, so I can’t tell you the name of the country they form!

I loved this movie and plan on picking it up on DVD once it comes out. I also recommend that you go see it this weekend! Of course, it is rated “R” for a good reason. The movie features strong language and brief nudity (no full male frontal though) so this is not the best movie for the kiddies.

I give this move 4.75 out of 5 because I can’t think of one part of it that I wasn’t peeing my pants laughing.

Funniest line of the movie: Danny and Augie are dropped off at the park (for role-playing time) and Danny tells Wheeler “Pick us up in 2 hours” to which Rodney responds “Fuck you Miss Daisy!”

One Response to “Role Models Review”


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