Directed by David Wain
Two slackers become ‘big brothers’ as part of their community service.
Role Models is the rare Hollywood comedy that’s actually funny, said Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun-Times. Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott play slacker salesmen who peddle an energy drink called Minotaur until they wind up in legal trouble. Assigned to community service, the men must serve as “big brothers” to a vicious, foulmouthed 10-year-old and an über-geek who’s obsessed with the medieval era. While the premise suggests this will be a movie you’ve seen countless times before, Role Models works because “you’re laughing at the plot and not noticing the formula.” Instead of coming off as clichéd, the film “feels loose, shaggy, and improv-y,” said Owen Gleiberman in Entertainment Weekly. Scott is a sleazebag you can’t help but love. Rudd “delivers put-downs like a toxic avenger.” Director David Wain, of Wet Hot American Summer and TV’s The State, took a tired idea and turned it into a “high-concept movie executed with speed and finesse.” The movie is both good-natured and gratuitously lewd, said Christy Lemire in the Associated Press. It’s “a model for comedies that are trying to strike that elusive balance.”
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