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Role Models (2009) Director David Wain 3 February 2009

Posted by jordanfarley in Uncategorized.
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Role Models is an R-rated comedy in the vein of Judd Apatow’s distinct brand of comedy and starring Apatow alumni Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Jane Lynch.

The film stars Rudd and Sean William Scott (Stiffler from the American Pie movies) as Danny and Wheeler, two salesmen for energy drink company Minotaur who tour schools, encouraging children to stay off drugs and drink the poison they are peddling. Wheeler and Danny (like all good friends) are polar opposites, Wheeler loves his slacker lifestyle and his joke of a job but Danny is mortified when colleagues throw him a party for his 10th anniversary at the company. To make matters worse Danny is dumped by his girlfriend (Banks) on the same day resulting in a drunken appearance at a school and the choice between a 30 day prison sentence or 150 hours community service for the pair. They opt for the latter and are sent to Sturdy Wings, a company which pairs fatherless children up with father figures to help them at a young age.

Wheeler is teamed up with Ronnie, possibly the most foul mouthed child in the history of cinema, obsessed with breasts to boot. Danny on the other hand is paired up with Augie (Mintz-Plasse) a young man obsessed with fantasy medieval re-enactment game LAIRE to the point where he refuses to take off his home made cape. The relationships between the ‘bigs’ and ‘smalls’ is at the heart of the film and gives what is quite a crude comedy some genuine feeling.

I am a big fan of Judd Apatow’s style of comedy and needless to say I loved Role Models. The laughs come thick and fast and although it throws up few surprises or innovations into the genre it is still one of the better works to come out of that stable. Both Rudd and William-Scott are brilliant in their roles, though it’s nothing we haven’t seen them do plenty of times before. The real standout though is Ronnie, a real young talent and the source of most of the films big laughs.

If you like these kind of films you’ll love Role Models but if your put off by foul language or don’t really get along with the films of this particular comedy stable Role Models is unlikely to convert you.

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