Viewers' be warned! This film contains vulgar script mixed with pure wittiness. 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. Wheeler loves his job but Danny is dissatisfied, and disorder in his personal life finally breaks the camel's back. Danny's breakdown lands both of them in legal trouble, and to keep out of jail they're forced to join a big brother program called "Sturdy Wings".
That's where Role Models' troubles start. Once Danny and Wheeler enter the Sturdy Wings program, they stop having lives of their own. It's as if Danny and Wheeler only exist as long as they're doing the big brother gig. You can actually feel their limited comical life, as if you were them, and even pity them but then you realize these aren't real people we're watching, merely caricatures being thrust into a variety of funny and awkward situations involving kids. This movie is sheer hilariousness, you probably will pee in your pants laughing, or crying due to the stupidity of their situations. They are like Abbott and Costello meet energy drinks and crystal meth.
Anyway, back to this review. Wheeler is assigned a foul mouthed pre-teen named Ronnie (Bobb'e J. Thompson), who on being introduced to his new big brother, immediately sets out to have him arrested as a pedophile. Ronnie curses and slaps his way through the movie. Ronnie may be hilarious, but he clearly needs some authority in his life. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, better known as the nerdlike McLovin, plays Danny's little brother Augie Farks. He spends his days with a group of like-minded geeks, wearing capes, brandishing swords, and engaged in a massive, live-action role-playing games. It's Augie that quickly becomes the center of the film's attention as Danny, in an effort to stay out of prison, becomes sucked into his world of makeup gallantry.
By the end, Role Models has given itself over almost entirely to Augie's live action role playing, and the result is not only unbelievably droll, but in a weird way a little inspiring. McLovin runs away with the movie and exploring his geekness pays huge bonuses, so it's easy to see why the film eventually abandons everything else in favour of focusing on him. So it's worth the 10 dollars and 89.9/litre price of gas to drive down to your closest (or farthest, because with the price of gas you can afford it) movieplex to see this film.
The Critic with no eyes
Additional Deleted Scenes and Alternate Takes
On the Set of Role Models
Game On: Creating a Role Playing World
In-Character & Off-Script