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ROLE MODELS

Danny and Wheeler are two salesmen who trash a company truck on an energy drink-fuelled bender. Upon their arrest, the court gives them two choices: do hard time or spend 150 service hours in a mentorship program. After just one day with the kids, jail doesn`t look half bad. 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.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: NC16
Release Date: 26 Feb 2009
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1 Hour 39 Minutes
Distributor: UNITED INTERNATIONAL PICTURES
Cast: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Ken Jeong, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Director: David Wain
Format: NA

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Watch this if you liked: "Superbad", "The Benchwarmers"

Presenting Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott, doing what they do best. That means playing a dry, I-hate-my-life-but-I'm-still-better-than-everyone person for Rudd, and annoying happy-go-lucky pervert for the latter. However, do not expect this to be another boring, been-there-done-that comedy. Despite playing their stereotypical roles, "Role Models" makes the best of it.

There's enough comedy for everybody. Those who love slapstick will find enough to make them fall off chairs with laughter. Those who find sarcasm as the best type of comedy (because everything else is dumb, pfft...) will see that Rudd does ever so well in them. Those who adore crude remarks and believe that offensive jokes about boobs are the way of life, fret not, as Wheeler and his little buddy Ronnie will "flash" them out for you. Interestingly, there are so many double meanings and swear words throughout the entire movie but it seems that Rudd and Scott's ability to use them rapidly in a nonchalant manner makes us believe that the censorship people probably just gave up trying to bleep it altogether!

As another movie about two immature dudes learning to be real adults by taking care of two kids (one vulgar kid and one childish teen, more like), there isn't much hope for the plot. What makes the watch interesting are the script and the characterisation, from Danny's habit of making fun of people's ignorance (check out the scene where he argues with a barrista about 'venti' coffee), to the recovering cocaine-addict Gayle who keeps talking in inappropriate analogies about "BS".

A mixture of intelligence writing and a load of crap, this movie might just be the comedy that is acceptable by all, and not make one laugh while the other cringe.

In short, "Role Models" had me at "...my job sucks".

Cinema Online, 19 February 2009
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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