Role Models was hilarious!
I laughed a lot during this vulgar, silly little comedy with…wait for it…a lot of heart.
Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott play two employees of an energy drink who end up getting in trouble and are forced to do community service at “Sturdy Wings”, a Big Brothers and Sisters type organization. The alternative is jail, which may or may not be the easier way out.
Role Models is co-written by Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Timothy Dowling, and David Wain, who also directs. Wain and Marino were part of The State a comedy troupe / show that used to air on MTV and also featured Michael Ian Black among others. I barely remember the show, but it seemed to me that this movie is more like a Kevin Smith or Judd Apotow flick than the quirky cutting edge comedy of The State.
Rudd and Scott are both very good here, really getting laughs and with a good chemistry between them. Elizabeth Banks plays Rudd’s lawyer girlfriend, and she’s good, but her role was pretty small, and Banks’ talent is kind of wasted.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse, the legendary “McLovin” form SUPERBAD plays Augie, the geeky kid Rudd becomes a mentor to. He’s very good in the role, but not the scene stealer he was as McLovin.
No, the scene stealer here is 12 yr old Bobb’e J Thompson, who plays a foul mouthed little terror that Scott mentors. Hearing the language that comes out of his mouth will make you cringe, but I laughed long and hard every time.
Also doing a great job here is Jane Lynch as the founder of the “Sturdy Wings” organization. Lynch is really great at playing sort of tough, kind of awkward people, and here is no exception.
Role Models is a silly little flick, but it’s laugh out loud funny and lives up to its “R” rating. Sit back, relax, and enjoy!