Excerpt: It seems that there’s a new type of comedy these days and they’re intended for a more mature audience. Granted, some of the better comedies out there are intended for a more mature audience, but movies like “Role Models” are (and should be) compared with the likes of “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” and “Superbad”. Comedies that are counter-culture, use four letter words in conversation with children and have drinking, sex and drugs aren’t bound to appeal to everyone.
Excerpt: Wheeler (Seann William Scott) and Danny (Paul Rudd) are two thirty-something guys who travel around to schools to talk to kids about staying off drugs while promoting their company’s energy drink. This requires Danny to periodically put on a bull costume. After a while, Danny starts to crack, wondering what he’s doing with his life and career and what to do about the awkward romance he has with his lawyer girlfriend, Beth (Elizabeth Banks).
Summary: Role Models is a completely middle-of-the-road comedy that fails to live up to the wild and irreverent image in the trailers and posters, a mildly amusing distraction but little else. Universal Pictures have provided good A/V reproduction of the film and a moderately entertaining selection of extras. There�s also a few interesting interactive features for viewers who like to tinker under the hood of the BD format.
Conclusion: Well, ’Role Models’ just wasn’t my cup of tea I guess. Personally, I thought the movie was way too sparsely populated with humor to be called a “comedy,” but then again it has loosened up a lot of phlegm for many—especially geeky types with closets full of “All your base are belong to us” tee-shirts.
Excerpt: Amazingly, I actually enjoyed this raunchy comedy. The prolific use of profanity gets a little tiresome—especially from the young Ronnie—but overall there are a lot of laughs. Some of the funniest exchanges are between Danny and Augie's parents, which don't include one bit of foul language. Nevertheless, the topics of discussion skew toward a male's point of view, and my wife didn't find it nearly as funny as I did.
Excerpt: Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd star in "Role Models" as Danny and Wheeler, 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.
Conclusion: Role Models is a surprisingly harsh, yet funny film that presents a unique spin on the current trend in comedy filmmaking. I've never been a big fan of comical kids in movies, but this film manages to present the subject matter in a unique and entertaining manner. There's never an attempt at trying to amp up the cuteness factor as the filmmakers seem to enjoy presenting these bratty kids in as unflattering a light as possible.
Excerpt: In Role Models the Apatow gang collides with the less successful members of the cult comedy troupe known as The State, and the result is a movie with all the hilarity of an Apatow movie and all of the cold, lifeless disconnect which has kept The State from breaking into the mainstream. Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott star as Danny and Wheeler, two salesmen who spend their days selling energy drinks to kids as an acceptable substitute for illegal drugs.
Excerpt: The crowd-pleasing new comedy Role Models qualifies as easily the most commercial project of David Wain's career, largely since the rest of Wain's oddball post- State oeuvre ( Wet Hot American Summer, The Ten, Stella, the clever online series Wainy Days ) is defiantly, even perversely non-commercial.