Role Models

Danny (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Sean William Scott) have coasted their way through jobs at an energy drink company. But when their goofing off catches up with them, they’re sentenced to community service with the Sturdy Wings mentoring program. The assignment is supposed to teach them responsibility, but it just proves that they’re the last people who should be taking care of kids. Elizabeth Banks co-stars in a film directed by David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer).

Matt
Rating: 7 out of 10

Here are two typecast actors in Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott who in “Role Models” play their typical roles. Rudd is the uptight jerk with girl problems going through life changes like in “I love you, man” and Scott is the hornball bachelor as he was in “American Pie” “Road Trip” and “Cop Out.” But the movie works on a bunch of levels, despite it’s formulaic approach.

Christopher Mintz-Plasse, another typecasted actor from his nerdy roles in “Superbad” as McLovin and “Kick Ass,” is a role-playing super geek, paired with Rudd in a mentoring program required by court order. Scott through the same program is paired with his pervert equal, played by youngster Bobb’e J. Thompson. There’s nice chemistry between them, and the director of Sturdy Wings is played by another likable, but typecast, Jane Lynch, who plays the tough, crazy girl in films like “Best in Show,” “The 40 Year Old Virgin” and television’s “Glee.”

All of these actors are talented, funny, and get the job done. This film is exactly what you’d expect, a foul-mouthed comedy where it’s protagonists learn life lessons, despite that, there are some really funny moments. If you’re in the mood for a comedy, this is a pretty good one.

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3 responses to “Role Models

  1. I’d probably give this a little higher rating, but that might be because a) my expectations were so low and I was pleasantly surprised to see how good it was and b) I was just starting my midlife crisis when I watched it, so it really resonated. Other midlifers have had similar reactions.

    Also, in what other movie will you see Paul Rudd wearing KISS makeup? That adds a point for me.

    • If you’ve ever seen Rudd in “I Love You, Man” he rocks out to Rush. Sooner or later doing these kinds of movies will catch up to him. He’s very talented, but typecasting himself.

      • Eh, to me Paul Rudd rocking out wasn’t as awesomely outrageous as Paul Rudd in full-on makeup. Although I agree he’s typecasting himself…I mean, he’s kind of the same dude he was in Clueless, just older.

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