Role Models (2008)

Genre:  Comedy
Running Time:  99 min.
Release Date: November 7, 2008
DVD: March 10, 2009
Netflix: June 5, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 2.77
based on 866 votes and 133 reviews
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Cast: Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb'E J. Thompson, Jane Lynch, Ken Jeong, Elizabeth Banks


Danny and Wheeler (Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott) 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.

Surrounded by annoying do-gooders, Danny struggles with his every neurotic impulse to guide Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) through the trials of becoming a man. Unfortunately, the guy just dumped by his girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks) has only sarcasm to offer a bashful 16-year-old obsessed with medieval role play.

Meanwhile, charming Wheeler tries to trade in an addiction to partying and women to assist a fifth-grader named Ronnie (Bobb'e Thompson) redirect his foul-mouthed ways. It would probably help if Ronnie's new role model wasn't an overgrown adolescent whose idea of quality time includes keggers in Venice Beach.

Once the center's ex-con director (Jane Lynch) gives them an ultimatum, Danny and Wheeler are forced to tailor their brand of immature wisdom to their charges. And if they can just make it through probation without getting thrown in jail, the world's worst role models will prove that, sometimes, it takes a village idiot to raise a child.

Director: David Wain
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Scott Stuber, Mary Parent, Luke Greenfield
Screenplay: Paul Rudd, David Wain, Ken Marino, Timothy Dowling
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  • 4 stars "This is another movie that I didn't have really high hopes for, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I think that the improvisation of the actors made this movie was more entertaining than it was originally planned to be. I was also very impressed by the depth of the characters, since they were considerably more three-dimensional than I was expecting. Paul Rudd's character is not just a cariacature of a miserable cur, he's a realistically and chronically negative miserable cur. Sean William Scott's character is a slutty metalhead without being a vicious cad or a terribly irresponsible manchild. I think this movie gets extra points for showing LARPing without mocking it mercilessly. My bigges"