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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. 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.
  3. 75
    The kind of comedy where funny people say funny things in funny situations, not the kind of comedy that whacks you with manic shocks to force an audible Pavlovian response.
  4. 70
    The general tone is one of crusty, unapologetic misanthropy, driven home by the formidable Rudd (who also kicked in on the script).
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    70
    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
    20
    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: 45 out of 49
  2. Negative: 2 out of 49
  1. Jul 1, 2011
    10
    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, greatI 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
    10
    Really good movie. Better than expected. This is Christopher Mintz Plasse's coming out party.
  3. SimonB.
    May 17, 2009
    9
    Ridiculously funny! Casting is perfect and the banter between the main characters is classic.
  4. ChadS.
    Nov 8, 2008
    8
    Rudy(Chris Makepeace) can't fail. Under Tripper Harrison's tutelage(Bill Murray: Canadian role model), the gawky teen has a chance Rudy(Chris Makepeace) can't fail. Under Tripper Harrison's tutelage(Bill Murray: Canadian role model), the gawky teen has a chance to be the star of his camp. If the unlikely North Star outpaces the favored Mohawk runner in the last event(the marathon) on the last day of the Olympiad, the nerds will win the clash of the warring summer camps. Ivan Reitman's "Meatballs", like Bill Melendez and Phil Roman's "Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown" before it, succeeded because Rudy and "Chuck"(what Peppermint Patty would call Lucy's "blockhead") were likable underdogs in need of redemption. And what better way to get it than in competitive sports? "Role Models" climaxes with a medieval role-playing tournament that somehow permeates a level of palpable excitement on par with anything from the "big game" scenario in countless inspirational sports movies, or Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. Thanks to Gayle(Jane Lynch), "Role Models" exhibit sturdy wings, and not broken wings, when she assigns the right boy to the right mister; a preventive measure against "College"-like transgressions. Augie Farks(Christopher Mintz-Plasse) gets Danny Donahue(Paul Rudd), a misanthropic energy drink peddler as his "big", who advises his charge to "lose the cape". Wheeler(Seann William Scott), on the other hand, if he was Augie's mentor, would physically remove the stigmatizing garment from his neck: no capes in this man's army. A serious horndog, Wheeler(who mentors his "little" about the fine art of inconspicuous "booby"-watching), given the opportunity to mentor an older boy around Augie's age(Ronnie, played by Bobb'e J. Thompson is about nine or ten), potentially could have upped the raunch factor of "Role Models", and degenerate into a sex romp about Wheeler helping the sword-wielding misfit lose his virginity(he takes Ronnie to a house party but the kid is too young). Expand
  5. Dec 2, 2011
    8
    It is actually pretty funny. The acting was unexpectedly great. There are not a lot of reasons to not see this intensely humorous comedy withIt is actually pretty funny. The acting was unexpectedly great. There are not a lot of reasons to not see this intensely humorous comedy with great performances. Expand
  6. KevinM
    Jan 29, 2009
    8
    Don't get me wrong, I really liked this movie and thought it was hillarious, but I felt like the film itself had more to tell about what Don't get me wrong, I really liked this movie and thought it was hillarious, but I felt like the film itself had more to tell about what it means to grow up. Expand
  7. GregA.
    Nov 10, 2008
    0
    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 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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