Unconventional salesmen, stuck-in-a-rut Danny (Paul Rudd) and lady's man Wheeler (Seann William Scott), spend their days promoting Minotaur energy drink to school students. Full of self-loathing and driven to delirium after being dumped by girlfriend. Beth (Elizabeth Banks), Danny lashes out on an energy drink bender, trashing both the company truck and school property, resulting in the arrest of both him and Wheeler. Wheeler and Danny are faced with a choice; either do time in jail or clock one hundred and fifty hours as mentors for troubled children. These unlikely role models are assigned to the most difficult children on offer, making them contemplate jail as an easier option! Danny is paired with dorky role playing loner, Augie, whilst Wheeler is the latest victim of booby obsessed, foul-mouthed Ronnie.
This is tame inoffensive comedy, featuring several familiar faces who have cranked out a career producing such stale garbage. Role Models and its path is pretty clear, having shown the extent of its intent within the first ten minutes. Leaving you to sit through the occasional laugh to see if you predicted everything correctly. And you will!
Good characters but very few laughs.
- Role Models review by Shatner's Bassoon
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This is a half decent film which has some great characters and decent dialogue but is ultimately let down by a real lack of comedy. There are plenty of moments that will make you smile and give you the odd chuckle, by very little in terms of ‘real laugh out loud’ moments. The story uses the tried and tested formula of two likeable though slightly narcissistic guys who redeem themselves by doing the right thing by the end of the film, and even though the plotline is predictable it’s really the various characters, especially the foul mouthed 10 year old Ronnie, and the likeability of Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd, that carry the film. It’s a shame; if the producers had hired someone to inject a few more laughs into the script then this could have been a great film instead of just an ok one. If you liked ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’, ‘Superbad’ and ‘Knocked Up’ then this is worth a look, though don’t expect too many laughs.