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  • Summary: Danny and Wheeler are two salesmen who trash a company truck on an energy drink-fueled bender. Upon their arrest, the court gives them a choice: do hard time or spend 150 service hours with a mentorship program. After one day with the kids, however, jail doesn't look half bad. [Universal Pictures]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 33
  2. Negative: 2 out of 33
  1. The fun of Role Models is that it's a high-concept movie executed with speed and finesse and the kind of brusquely tossed-off obscene banter that can get you laughing before you know what hit you.
  2. It's pretty formulaic stuff, and earns its R rating with profanity and unapologetically gratuitous female nudity, but somehow has a winning knuckleheaded charm.
  3. 75
    Sometimes a shamelessly stoopid, proudly profane R-rated comedy is all you want out of life. Role Models more than fills the bill. It's killer funny.
  4. Reviewed by: Neely Tucker
    You can probably figure out how this is all going to end, but it still has more laughs than you might think. Nobody gets more than the wonderful Jane Lynch as the ex-drug addict and director of the mentoring program.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Rudd and Scott hail from different universes of movie comedy, but manage together here just fine, particularly since each takes a different path.
  6. 63
    Role Models has a tart surface and a heart of goo. The movie grows more obvious as it goes along.
  7. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    If "Models'" comedy is a bore, the characters' redemption is sheer agony – not to mention the shameless pop-cultural referencing that repeats like a bad taco.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 48
  2. Negative: 2 out of 48
  1. Jul 1, 2011
    I was ROFL for the entire length of the movie ! And I am 45 years old...not really sure what that says about me. Great cast, great script...bulls's eye ! Expand
  2. RichardO.
    Nov 10, 2008
    Really good movie. Better than expected. This is Christopher Mintz Plasse's coming out party.
  3. SimonB.
    May 17, 2009
    Ridiculously funny! Casting is perfect and the banter between the main characters is classic.
  4. ChazHay
    Jan 12, 2009
    Loved it. It's a hell of a lot of fun and the characters are great.
  5. j30
    Nov 8, 2011
    This movie is an hilarious raunchy comedy. Sure it has a cliche story line, but like I Love You Man, if you have the right actors/actresses you can strike comedic gold. Expand
  6. Nov 28, 2012
    An overall entertaining comedy, with a cast of colorfully written characters.
  7. GregA.
    Nov 10, 2008
    Quirky, funny, good looking actors, and the theater I was in was completely sold out with ages 17 - 25 or so (movie is rated R), all very young. The movie sends a great message to kids that says, even if others don't like it or don't appreciate it, you should just "be who you are." Unless your gay, that is. This movie sends a powerful and consistent "sub-message" as a major component of its humor that everyone should be wary and vigilant of anything that smacks of homosexuality. The movie includes full-volume use of the word "faggot" in its most pejorative sense (equivalent to the "N" word amongst gay and lesbian people, by the way). Several of its characters offer repeated expressions of concern that one or another of the kids in the movie might be gay, along with a showing of great relief that this concern is eventually resolved as unfounded. This movie's homophobic foundation sends a pretty awful message to the clearly sought-after young people, both straight and gay, that make up this movie's prime market. The writers and producers of this movie need a lot of enlightenment here, as do its hip adult and kid actors who are complicit in sending that message. The unabashed homophobia thoroughly woven into its plot structure is a disgraceful mark against this movie. Expand

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