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Danny and Wheeler appear in court after they are arrested for trashing a company truck. They have the choice of hard time or spend 150 service hours with a mentorship program. After one day with the kids they decide jail doesn't look half bad.
Comedy - This is a raunchy, profane, silly comedy aimed at young adults,
especially males. Despite the presence of major kid characters, this
the constant profanity and often raunchy humor (sometimes involving
one of the kids) makes this definitely not for children.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Sadly, an injection of raunchiness does not equate to an increase in quality and, while Role Models can boast the occasionally funny joke, there's little else to recommend this derivative buddy film.
Roger EbertFull Review Good "Role Models" is the kind of movie you don't see every day, a comedy that is funny. The kind of comedy where funny people say funny things in funny situations, not the kind of comedy that whacks you with manic shocks to force an audible Pavlovian response.
USA TodayFull Review Excellent Role Models is a rare mainstream buddy comedy that deftly blends the endearing and the vulgar and intersperses raucous humor with subtle wit.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 99 moviegoers:
TEENS:FANTASTIC REVIEWS! Almost all the teens loved "Role Models." Very Highly Recommended.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:GREAT REVIEWS! Males especially loved "Role Models," but the females reviews weren't too far behind. Very Highly Recommended.
ADULTS:Both the male and female reviews are very good but not great. Considering this is more of a teen movie I would say these reviews are actually even better than they appear. Over three-quarters enjoyed it very much. Most of the remaining quarter rated it as good/average, which is certainly decent.
Danny (PAUL RUDD) and Wheeler (SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT), 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
called Sturdy Wings. After one day with the kids, however, jail doesn't look half bad.
Surrounded by annoying do-gooders, Danny struggles with his every neurotic
impulse to guide Augie (CHRISTOPHER MINTZ-PLASSE) through the trials of becoming a man. Unfortunately, the guy just dumped by
his girlfriend, Beth (ELIZABETH BANKS), has only sarcasm to offer a bashful 16-year-old obsessed with medieval
Meanwhile, charming Wheeler tries to trade in an addiction to partying and
women to assist a fifth grader named Ronnie (BOBB'E J. THOMPSON) in
redirecting his foul-mouthed ways. It would probably help if Ronnie's new mentor
wasn't an overgrown adolescent whose idea of quality time includes keggers in Venice
Once Sturdy Wings' ex-addict/ex-con director, Sweeny (JANE LYNCH), gives them an
ultimatum to shape up, Danny and Wheeler are forced to tailor their brand of immature
wisdom to their kids. And if they can just make it through probation without getting
thrown in jail, the world's worst role models will prove that, sometimes, it takes a village
idiot to raise a child.