Role Models

Role Models

4.2 17
Director: David Wain

Cast: David Wain, Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks


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A pair of irresponsible energy drink salesmen realize that serving a month of hard time is nothing compared to spending 150 hours in a community mentorship program after they trash the company truck and find themselves at the mercy of the court in this comedy starring Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd. Wheeler (Scott) and Danny (Rudd) wouldn't necessarily be the first… See more details below


A pair of irresponsible energy drink salesmen realize that serving a month of hard time is nothing compared to spending 150 hours in a community mentorship program after they trash the company truck and find themselves at the mercy of the court in this comedy starring Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd. Wheeler (Scott) and Danny (Rudd) wouldn't necessarily be the first people a parent would turn to when seeking out a babysitter, in fact, they probably wouldn't even make the list in the first place. After slamming a few too many Minotaur energy drinks and crashing the company truck, however, the two loose-living pals narrowly avert jail when the court decides to let them become mentors to a group of young misfits. But how is the recently dumped Danny supposed to help bashful, role-playing geek Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) become a man when all he can offer the boy is bitter sarcasm, and is beer-chugging man-child Wheeler really the best choice to help foul-mouthed fifth-grader Ronnie (Bobb'e J. Thompson) develop more respect for his elders? Probably not, but they'll have to do their best anyway when the center's ex-con director (Jane Lynch) confronts them with a harsh ultimatum. Now, if Wheeler and Danny can just make it through the rest of their probation without getting tossed in jail, maybe there's hope for the boys -- and Danny's relationship with his fed-up girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks) -- after all.

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Comedy director David Wain has proven himself in the past with exercises in manic, over-the-top, ADD madness like Wet Hot American Summer and The Ten, and while his 2008 film Role Models doesn't strive for that level of slap-your-mama absurdism, it does consistently remain both totally nuts, and totally hilarious. Wain gives the movie its initial boost by casting Paul Rudd in the starring role as Danny, a disgruntled spokesman for an energy drink called Minotaur. Rudd has been stealing the show in comedies for years, showing up to briefly spike the Laughs Per Minute ratio in everything from Apatow flicks to Will Ferrell vehicles, but seeing him take the lead is truly gratifying -- and, more importantly, funny. And Sean William Scott (still known mainly as Stiffler from American Pie) actually does a more than adequate job of playing the number two in this buddy film, taking on his usual role of the simple, horny creature with a crappy, post-college apartment and a zillion creative ways to talk about boobies. In this case, this creature comes in the form of a guy named Wheeler, who tours around with Danny to speaking engagements wearing a big, puffy minotaur costume. He pretty much likes the gig, but Danny gets steadily more and more despondent over the lack of meaning in his life, and eventually tells an auditorium full of middle-schoolers to stem the tide of life's unyielding mediocrity and get started on hard drugs good and early. Then he and Wheeler crash the Minotaur-mobile into a statue of a horse. Danny's lawyer and recently ex-girlfriend Beth (played by Elizabeth Banks, the go-to-girl for seemingly every comedy made since the start of the millennium) manages to get the guys out of serving jail time by reducing their sentence to 150 hours of community service, which the judge stipulates must be carried out at Sturdy Wings, a Big Brothers type organization that partners problem kids with guiding older pals. Of course, Danny ends up with a fantasy obsessed, live-action role playing kid named Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, hopefully still known mainly as McLovin' -- for the rest of his life) and Wheeler gets Ronnie, the quintessential angry black 11 year old (Bobb'e J. Thompson, a kid who spews such earnest and authentic profanity that you'd swear he's really a 30 year old with one of those Gary Coleman type growth disorders). The premise is simple enough, but the execution is comedy gold. It doesn't try to push the envelope or bury a bunch of pretentious subtext under the humor, it just hands the idea over to the creative folks on either side of the camera and lets them whip it into a mile high pile of spot-on jokes about D&D nerds, relatively clever dick jokes, and kick-ass running character gags (read: Jane Lynch). The story does eventually succumb to the now de rigeur standard of throwing in a sappy, guileless happy-ending to compensate for the rest of the movie's balls-out vulgarity, but it doesn't feel any more shoehorned here than it does anywhere else. In fact, the underlying mushiness in Role Models otherwise pops up in the movie in really delightful ways, like the storyline about role-playing dorks. The movie makes fun of their costumes and PVC swords, but in the end, it's totally sympathetic -- even celebratory -- about a bunch of kids doing what makes them happy. The heroes might storm the climactic battle in somewhat unorthodox outfits (which it would be a crime to spoil) but by this point, they've won you over with plenty of crudeness and satire and sodomy jokes. And besides, it's fun to play pretend. After all, that's why we go to movies in the first place.

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Universal Studios
[Wide Screen]
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Seann William Scott Wheeler
Paul Rudd Danny,Danny Donahue
Elizabeth Banks Beth
Christopher Mintz-Plasse Augie,Augie Farks
Bobb'e J. Thompson Ronnie,Ronnie Shields
Jane Lynch Gayle Sweeny
Ken Jeong King Argotron
Ken Marino Jim Stansel
Kerri Kenney-Silver Lynette
A.D. Miles Martin
Joe Lo Truglio Kuzzik
Matt Walsh Davith of Glencracken
Nicole Randall Johnson Karen
Allie Stamler Esplen
Carly Craig Connie
Jessica Morris Linda
Vincent Martella Artonius
Armen Weitzman party dude
Jorma Taccone Mitch
Nate Hartley rule master
David Wain Chevron Baine
Amanda Righetti Isabel
Shane Arenal student in hall
Tina Casciani Gretchen
Nina Hellman barista
Keegan-Michael Key Duane

Technical Credits
David Wain Director,Screenwriter
Russ T. Alsobrook Cinematographer
Lisa Beach Casting
Juan Castro Co-producer
Kevin Constant Art Director
Andrew Z. Davis Executive Producer
Timothy Dowling Original Story,Screenwriter
Luke Greenfield Producer
W. Blake Herron Original Story
Sarah Katzman Casting
Josh King Asst. Director
Eric Kissack Editor
Dan Kolsrud Executive Producer
Stephen Lineweaver Production Designer
Molly Maginnis Costumes/Costume Designer
Ken Marino Screenwriter
Harrison D. Marsh Sound/Sound Designer
Jim Nedza Art Director
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Mary Parent Producer
Paul Rudd Screenwriter
Matt Seigel Executive Producer
William Sherak Executive Producer
Jason Shuman Executive Producer
Rebecca Sloviter Associate Producer
Paul Sonski Set Decoration/Design
Scott Stuber Producer
Craig Wedren Score Composer

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Additional Deleted Scenes and Alternate Takes; ; Bloopers; On the Set of Role Models; Game On: Creating a Role Playing World; In-Character & Off-Script

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