Movie Review:
‘Role Models’ brings the laughs
Posted Nov. 21, 2008

If you want a movie that involves KISS, an intense and brutal battle scene, a car jacking, nudity, plenty of sexual innuendos, children with an extensive profane vocabulary and enough hilarious moments to keep you rolling with laughter throughout the entire film, then “Role Models” is the movie to see.

The movie, directed by David Wain and written by Wain and Paul Rudd, was released to theaters Nov. 7.

“Role Models” follows the journey of Danny, a spokesman for an energy drink company called Minotaur, played by Rudd (“40 Year Old Virgin” and “Knocked Up”), who finds himself miserable and unhappy with life.

After fighting with his girlfriend Beth, a successful lawyer played by Elizabeth Banks (“40 Year Old Virgin”), his day turns into a nightmare.

Danny’s reckless accident in the Minotaur business truck with co-worker Wheeler, played by Seann William Scott (“American Pie”), leaves these men with a court order to serve 150 hours of mentoring children at an organization called “Sturdy Wings” that gives a child, a “little,” the opportunity to hang out with an adult, a “big,” on the weekend.

The founder of “Sturdy Wings”, Gayle Sweeney, played by Jane Lynch (“40 Year Old Virgin”), is a quirky and troubled woman who takes her job seriously and looks at her organization as a lifesaver.

She pairs Danny and Wheeler with two of the biggest problem children in the organization.

Ronnie, a foul-mouthed 10-year-old with an attitude problem, played by Bobb’e J. Thompson, joins up with Wheeler, while Danny gets paired with a quiet, cape-wearing boy named Augie, played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse (“Superbad”), who happens to be the oldest child in the organization and pretends to be apart of a mythical Renaissance land where he can fight in battles.

Danny and Wheeler are required to spend time with the children every weekend until they have completed 150 hours and the parents of the children sign off their time sheets.

Although the men show no interest at first in engaging with the children or their lives, they quickly find out that they can learn more from their selected children than they thought possible.

While it may sound like the movie takes a sappy storyline turn, it is fueled with enough sexual innuendos to keep the crowds hysterically laughing.

The leading men are rather funny in this film; however, it is the two boys in the movie who keep the comedy going. Ronnie provides most of the raunchy comedy; even though he is only a 10-year-old, he offers some of the funniest lines in the movie that you would never expect to come from a child’s mouth.

Joke after joke kept the audience laughing; every time Ronnie had something to say, the crowd laughed even harder. This badass child provided the main comedy in the film.

This movie is worth every penny and is definitely worth seeing. If you can laugh at immature and raunchy comedy and loved “Superbad,” “40 Year Old Virgin” or “Knocked Up,” then this movie will leave you with side pains from laughing so hard.

Jaclyn Mittman can be reached at

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