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Role Models (2008)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  7 November 2008 (USA)
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Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program.



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Danny and Wheeler, well into their 30s, lack something: Danny feels stuck; he's sour and has driven away his terrific girlfriend. Wheeler chases any skirt he sees for empty sex. When they get in a fight with a tow-truck driver, they choose community service over jail and are assigned to be big brothers - Danny to Augie, a geek who loves to LARP (Live Action Role Play), and Wheeler to Ronnie, a pint-size foul-mouthed kid. After a rocky start, things start to go well until both Danny and Wheeler make big mistakes. Can the two men figure out how to change enough to be role models to the boys? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 November 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Big Brothers  »

Box Office


$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,167,085 (USA) (7 November 2008)


£8,130,392 (UK) (13 February 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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Paul McCartney impersonator Joey Curatolo provides the vocal for the fictional Denny Laine song 'Love Take Me Down to the Streets', which we hear during the closing credits. See more »


When Augie is looking at the LAIRE page his computer says it is 6:38pm on Tuesday evening. The page indicates the LAIRE Battle Royale is set to begin in 10 hours. This would mean the event would begin at approximately 4:38am Wednesday morning. However, Beth later reveals that the Battle Royale is in direct conflict with their 3pm court date. See more »


Gayle Sweeny: You know what I used to have for breakfast? Cocaine. Know what I had for lunch? Cocaine.
Wheeler: What did you have for dinner?
Danny: Was it cocaine?
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Crazy Credits

Halfway through the end credits, we cut back to Gayle Sweeny repeating her suggestive use of a hot-dog toward Jim Stansel (continuously pushes the end out of its bun while he sticks it back in). See more »


Love Take Me Down (to the Streets)
Written by Charles Gansa and A.D. Miles
Performed by David Wain
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More a sophisticated comedy than buffoonery
28 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The capsule summary of "Role Models" on Xfinity TV is, "Forced to join a mentorship program, two irresponsible men (Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd) must help a pair of impressionable boys navigate the troubled waters of youth." That description sounds like a smarmy physical comedy derivative with cheap scatological bits. Except that Xfinity gave it a rating of 3 out of 4 stars, so I decided to take a look at it.

To my pleasure, the film turned out to be a much more sophisticated movie. The two men, who are allowed to do community service instead of jail, are assigned to a big brother type program. The more intellectual of the two men, Danny, who is disillusioned with the world, is assigned to an immature teen who doesn't fit in with his peers; instead he devotes himself to participation in an on-going Dungeons and Dragons type reenactment played by a mixed group of adults and children who and his job. Wheeler, a care-free womanizer, is assigned a tough young foul-mouthed kid with whom no previous volunteer had lasted more than one day. The story shows the changes the interactions of the two "Littles" and their "Bigs"have on each other. There are a number of cheap double entendre sexual references, but they don't diminish the film too much.

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