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Writers (WGA):
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7 November 2008 (USA) See more »
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Danny and Wheeler were just sentenced to 150 hours mentoring kids. Worst idea ever. See more »
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Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Seann William Scott ... Wheeler

Paul Rudd ... Danny

Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Augie

Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Ronnie

Elizabeth Banks ... Beth

Jane Lynch ... Sweeny

Ken Jeong ... King Argotron

Ken Marino ... Jim Stansel

Kerri Kenney ... Lynette (as Kerri Kenney-Silver)

A.D. Miles ... Martin

Joe Lo Truglio ... Kuzzik

Matt Walsh ... Davith of Glencracken

Nicole Randall Johnson ... Karen

Alexandra Stamler ... Esplen (as Allie Stamler)

Carly Craig ... Connie

Jessica Morris ... Linda the Teacher

Vincent Martella ... Artonius
Armen Weitzman ... Party Dude

Jorma Taccone ... Mitch from Graphics

Nate Hartley ... Rule Master

David Wain ... Chevron Baine

Amanda Righetti ... Isabel

Shane Arenal ... Student in Hall

Tina Casciani ... Gretchen

Nina Hellman ... Barista

Louis C.K. ... Security Guard (as Louis CK)
Zaid Farid ... Tow Truck Driver
Hunter Brochu ... Boy in Video

Zandy Hartig ... Panda Loving Big

Keegan-Michael Key ... Duane
Emily Mostyn-Brown ... Laire Singer
Joshua L.K. Patterson ... Gleebo (as Joshua Patterson)
Peter Salett ... Ladislas of Leisure

Lorna Scott ... Horse Scooter Woman
Caleb Matthew Collins ... Little at Campfire (as Caleb Collins)
Nick Nervies ... Ronnie's Friend JJ

Kurt Doss ... Ronnie's Friend Kyle

Tajh Bellow ... Ronnie's Friend Zak

Shawn Huang ... Ronnie's Friend Little Jack

Seth Herzog ... Bell-Ringing Winged Creature
Eva Card ... Chocolate Strawberry Girl

James Henderson ... Party Goer

Jenny Robertson ... Elevator Mom

Jeanine Jackson ... Burger Hole Waitress

Matt Ballard ... Valconian Swordsman

Cody Lawrence ... Skateboard Kid

Arturo Gil ... Chip Monk Puppeteer (as Art Gil)

Cindy Sorenson ... Chip Monk Puppeteer (as Cindy Sorensen)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rio Ahn ... Larp (uncredited)
Heather Black ... Casadonian Larp (uncredited)

Jenn Gotzon ... Sexy Hiker (uncredited)

Mark Kubr ... Centaur Man (uncredited)

Michelle Lenhardt ... Sarah - Beth's Friend (uncredited)
Joey Magnusson ... Big at Campfire (uncredited)

Matt Malloy ... David Garvin (uncredited)

Taylor Mills ... Warrior Princess (uncredited)

Michael Molthen ... Larp (uncredited)
Martin Pierron ... LARP Elf (uncredited)
Eric Shackelford ... Glencraken Knight (uncredited)

George Sharperson ... Jailer (uncredited)

Gary Sievers ... Cassadonian LARP (uncredited)
Jobeth Wagner ... Larper (uncredited)

Stephen Weese ... Pirate (uncredited)
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Directed by
David Wain 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Timothy Dowling (story) and
W. Blake Herron (story) (as William Blake Herron)

Paul Rudd (screenplay) &
David Wain (screenplay) &
Ken Marino (screenplay) and
Timothy Dowling (screenplay)

Produced by
Juan Castro .... co-producer
Andrew Z. Davis .... executive producer
Luke Greenfield .... producer
Dan Kolsrud .... executive producer
Mary Parent .... producer
Matthew Seigel .... executive producer (as Matt Seigel)
William Sherak .... executive producer
Jason Shuman .... executive producer
Rebecca Sloviter .... associate producer
Scott Stuber .... producer
 
Original Music by
Craig Wedren 
 
Cinematography by
Russ T. Alsobrook (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Eric Kissack 
 
Casting by
Lisa Beach 
Sarah Katzman 
 
Production Design by
Stephen J. Lineweaver  (as Stephen Lineweaver)
 
Art Direction by
Kevin Constant 
 
Set Decoration by
Douglas A. Mowat  (as Douglas Mowat)
 
Costume Design by
Molly Maginnis 
 
Makeup Department
Ken Diaz .... makeup department head: Laire sequences
Adruitha Lee .... hair stylist department head
Lesa Nielsen .... makeup artist
Viviane Normand .... hair stylist (as Vivian Normand)
Suzi Ostos .... makeup artist: Mr. Scott
Nena Smarz .... makeup department head (as Nena Smarz-O'Carroll)
Kelvin R. Trahan .... hair stylist department head: additional photography (as Kelvin Trahan)
Judy Yonemoto .... key makeup artist
Barney Burman .... makeup artist: Sean William Scott, reshoots (uncredited)
Essie Cha .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Brent Keene .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Brad Look .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Vincent Prentice .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Sabine Roller .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Jose Zamora .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Debbie Zoller .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Marcei A. Brown .... unit production manager
Lisa Rodgers .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bac DeLorme .... second assistant director: additional photography, U.S.
Josh King .... first assistant director
Jonathan McGarry .... first assistant director: additional photography
Stephen W. Moore .... second second assistant director (as Stephen Moore)
Brian Relyea .... second assistant director (as Brian F. Relyea)
Eugene Davis .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Taylor Phillips .... assistant director: reshoots (uncredited)
Taylor Phillips .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Laine Abramson .... set decorating buyer
Charlsey Adkins .... graphics coordinator
Matthew Kern Atzenhoffer .... swing gang (as Matthew Atzenhoffer)
Perry Bachelor .... swing gang (as Perry Batchelor)
Ellis J. Barbacoff .... assistant property master
Steve Barsony .... swing gang
Greg Benson .... mill foreman
Cliff Bergman .... construction foreman
Tony Bonaventura .... property master
James W. Boyce .... swing gang (as James Boyce)
Chris Childers .... swing gang
Paul Cunningham .... set decorating gang boss
Mario D'Alfonso .... labor foreman
Yann Denoual .... lead sculptor
Dennis DeWaay .... construction coordinator
James Diggs .... paint foreman (as James N. Diggs)
Brock Helfer .... swing gang
Darryl Henley .... storyboard artist
Billy Iiams Jr. .... construction coordinator: Additional Photography
John B. Josselyn .... assistant art director (as Johnny Jos)
Gary Leshner .... swing gang
Jack Lineweaver .... art department production assistant
Nancy Lowry .... swing gang
Anuradha Mehta .... set decorator: additional photography (as Radha Mehta)
John Naehrlich .... leadman
James Nedza .... art director: additional photography (as Jim Nedza)
Greg Nestor .... swing gang
Joe Olsen .... swing gang (as Joseph Olsen)
Christopher Pappas .... assistant property master (as Chris Pappy Pappas)
Paul Sonski .... set designer
Karen Teneyck .... graphic designer
Tommy Tomlinson .... property master: additional photography
Kathleen Walker .... art department coordinator
Kevan Weber .... swing gang
Dennis Winters .... on-set dresser (as Dennis L. Winters)
Carl Denooyer .... set dresser (uncredited)
James Gambino .... typesetting (uncredited)
Tommy Gutman .... assistant props: additional photography (uncredited)
Moe Moe Lwin .... buyer: re-shoot (uncredited)
Aimee O'Shea .... props: reshoots (uncredited)
Lee Ross .... lead scenic: reshoots (uncredited)
Mark Sakamoto .... leadman: additional photography (uncredited)
Chris Samp .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
F. Andrew Scott .... paint gangboss (uncredited)
Adam Tankell .... graphic designer: minotaur (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Dave Bergstrom .... re-recording engineer
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Kerry Ann Carmean .... foley editor (as Kerry Carmean-Williams)
Patrick Cusack .... assistant sound editor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor (as Andrew De Cristofaro)
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... sound consultant: Dolby (as Thom Ehle)
Kyle Fox .... cableman
Tom Fox .... boom operator
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Greg LaPlante .... digital mastering
David Lucarelli .... adr recordist
Harrison D. Marsh .... production sound mixer
Diane Marshall .... foley artist
Christian P. Minkler .... re-recording mixer
James Moriana .... foley artist
Steve Nelson .... sound effects editor (as Steven Nelson)
Nancy Nugent .... supervising adr editor (as Nancy Nugent Title)
Nancy Nugent .... supervising dialogue editor (as Nancy Nugent Title)
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Michael Payne .... supervising sound effects editor
Margit Pfeiffer .... foley editor
Unsun Song .... dubbing recordist
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Jon Taylor .... re-recording mixer
Karen Vassar Triest .... sound effects editor (as Karen Vassar)
Brett Voss .... foley mixer
Tim Walston .... sound effects editor
Jeffrey Wilhoit .... foley artist
Derek Casari .... adr engineer (uncredited)
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Steve Luport .... special effects foreman
Matt Sweeney .... special effects coordinator
Robert Cole .... special effects (uncredited)
William H. Schirmer .... pyrotechnician (uncredited)
William H. Schirmer .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ryan Beadle .... digital I/O (uncredited)
Mark Fletcher .... screen graphics designer (uncredited)
Sarah Grieshammer .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Lindsay M. Hoppe .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Paulina Kuszta .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Erin L. Nelson .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Randall Archer .... stunt player
Rick Avery .... stunt player
Keith Davis .... stunt player
Tad Griffith .... stunt player
Freddie Hice .... stunt player (as Fred Hice)
Brian Imada .... stunt player
Jeff Imada .... stunt coordinator
Daniel Josev .... stunt performer
John Koyama .... stunt player
Mark Kubr .... stunt player
Luke LaFontaine .... stunt player
Kai Nuuhiwa .... stunt player
Jason Rodriguez .... stunt player
Karin Silvestri .... stunt player (as Karen Silvestri)
Justin Sundquist .... stunt player
C.C. Taylor .... stunt player
David Wald .... stunt player
Gene Williams .... stunt player
Randall Huber .... stunts (uncredited)
Christopher Krieger .... fire performer (uncredited)
David Lowell .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Jason Rodriguez .... stunt double: Paul Rudd (uncredited)
Brian Sampson .... precision driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Brad Boyer .... grip (as Bradley Boyer)
Curtis Bradford .... chief lighting technician (as Curtiss Bradford)
Michael Chambliss .... libra head technician
Jerry C. Deats .... key rigging grip (as Jerry Deats)
Daryl Didier .... rigging gaffer (as Daryl L. Didier)
Charles Ehrlinger .... grip
Rod Farley .... rigging grip (as Roderick Farley)
Jerome Fauci .... second unit cinematographer
Matt Floyd .... rigging grip
Jason Garcia .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Antonio V. Garrido .... dolly grip
Jeff Graham .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Mark Hadland .... assistant chief lighting technician
Casey Hotchkiss .... camera operator: "a" camera
Mati Jackson .... rigging grip
Willow Jenkins .... video assist operator
Jeffrey A. Johnson .... best boy grip (as Jeffrey Johnson)
John Joyce .... Steadicam operator (as John H. Joyce)
John Joyce .... camera operator: "b" camera (as John H. Joyce)
Matthew Kistenmacher .... rigging electrician
Jonas Lagunoff .... rigging grip
Daniel L. Magat .... set lighting technician
Shawn Meyer .... rigging grip
Trip Morey III .... camera loader (as Trip Morey)
John Murphy .... dolly grip (as John W. Murphy)
Robert Murphy .... set lighting technician
Thomas Nead .... set lighting technician
Robert Novelli .... rigging electrician
Scott Pepin .... set lighting technician
Blake Pike .... rigging grip
Robin Roberts .... rigging grip
Jason Sachse .... rigging electrician
Rigney Sackley .... second assistant camera
Ron Santoyo .... best boy rigging grip
Ron Santoyo .... best boy rigging
Aaron Schulte .... rigging best boy electric
Steve Smith .... key grip
Dan Squires .... second assistant camera (as Daniel Albion Squires)
Brent Studler .... set lighting technician
Tony Thomas .... grip
Sam Urdank .... still photographer
Mark Wojciechowski .... grip (as Mark Mojciechowski)
Mike Bachman .... video assist (uncredited)
Adam Camacho .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Mark Carlile .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Dessie Coale .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Jerome Fauci .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Daniel Alexis Gonzalez .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Scott Koche .... camera loader: re-shoots (uncredited)
Oktay Ortabasi .... camera operator: video segments (uncredited)
Terry Pfrang .... camera operator (uncredited)
John Savedra .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Luke Bird Stern .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jason Young .... lighting console programmer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Charla Bowersox .... casting associate
Wendy Hoffman .... adr voice casting (as Wendy Hoffmann)
Beth Lipari .... casting associate
Laura Drake Mancini .... extras casting assistant
Tammy L. Smith .... extras casting: Smith & Webster-Davis Casting
Dixie Webster .... extras casting: Smith & Webster-Davis Casting (as Dixie Webster-Davis)
Elizabeth Dean .... casting manager (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Toby Bronson .... set costumer
Nanrose Buchman .... assistant costume designer
Ashton Edmunds .... costume production assistant
Phyllis Gilliam .... costume supervisor
Ariel Gold .... set costumer
Bradley Inaba .... additional costumer
Sharon Lynch .... key costumer
Annie Maginnis Tippe .... costume production assistant
Dana Rosenberg .... set costumer
Mark Walcott .... set costumer
Azalia Snail .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
David Berman .... assistant editor
Libby Cuenin .... editorial production assistant
David Egan .... assistant editor
Jamie Gross .... assistant editor
Greg Hadwick .... editorial production assistant (as Gregory Hadwick)
Chris Jackson .... first assistant editor
Esther Lee .... digital intermediate producer
Debra Neil-Fisher .... additional editor
Kurt Smith .... digital film colorist
Mary Beth Smith .... negative cutter
Joshua Gollish .... digital image technician (uncredited)
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Stuart Balcomb .... orchestrator
Julian Bratolyubov .... music preparation
Vincent Cirilli .... music digital recordist
Greg Dennen .... scoring crew (as Greg Dennon)
Robert Fernandez .... score mixer
Robert Fernandez .... score recordist
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Rick Giovinazzo .... orchestrator
Tanya Noel Hill .... music editor
Kathy Nelson .... music supervisor
Jamie Olvera .... scoring crew
Ryan Robinson .... scoring crew
Rich Wheeler .... scoring crew
Matt Novack .... technical score advisor (uncredited)
Tim Rodier .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Denny Caira .... transportation coordinator
Kevin Caira .... driver
Karen K. Chang .... transportation dispatcher (as Karen Chang Ambrose)
Richard C. Ryan .... driver
Mike Shannon .... transportation captain
Scott Wordham .... dot compliance coordinator
Ryan Allen .... driver (uncredited)
Mark Brown .... production van operator (uncredited)
Jesse Grillo .... driver: cast (uncredited)
Chad Wadsworth .... driver: water truck (uncredited)
 
Other crew
H. Leah Amir .... craft service
Susan Bierbaum .... script supervisor (as Susan Bierbaum-Owen)
Alura Bouvier .... assistant: Seann William Scott
Michael Brewer .... assistant location manager: Brazil
Danny B. Brown .... asset coordinator (as Danny Brown)
Megan Brown .... second assistant accountant
Kristen Cascio .... assistant: Mr. Stuber
Casey B. Collins .... assistant location manager: Brazil (as Casey Collins)
Curtis Collins .... location manager
Donna Corwin .... coordinating teacher
Kathy Cyrus .... teacher (as Kathryn Cyrus)
Sierra Donley .... set production assistant (as Sierra D. Donley)
Louis Farah Jr. .... medic (as Louis C. Farah Jr.)
Louis Farah .... medic (as Louis C. Farah)
Karen Faust .... assistant accountant
James Gierman .... assistant location manager
Adrianne Grady .... technical advisor
Noel B. Harris .... assistant craft service (as Noel Harris)
Thomas J. Healy IV .... assistant location manager (as Thomas Healy)
Jasmine Houston .... accounting clerk
Pete Kitlas .... set production assistant
Phillip Knoedel .... medic (as Phil Knoedel)
Shannon Lee .... set production assistant
James Lin .... location manager: additional photography
Gary MacPherson .... assistant production coordinator
James Maull .... post-production accountant (as James O. Maull)
Caroline Miller .... second assistant accountant
John Montgomery .... payroll accountant
Blake Nabavi .... set production assistant
Nicholas David Nesbitt .... assistant: Mr. Stuber (as Nicholas D. Nesbitt)
Joshua Brian Pierce .... office production assistant
Lori Scowley .... production accountant
Deborah Simmrin .... unit publicist
David Soldinger .... assistant: David Wain
Anthony Steinhart .... set production assistant
Lois Walker .... production coordinator
Luke Wanagel .... production secretary (as J. Luke Wanagel)
Dina Waxman .... script supervisor: additional photography
Shawn Williamson .... set production assistant
J.D. Woods .... office production assistant
Lee Zacharias .... assistant: Ms. Parent
Taylor Benavides .... production assistant: additional photography (uncredited)
Kaiser Clark .... assistant: Seann William Scott (uncredited)
Samuel M. Dabbs .... end titles (uncredited)
Peter Gluck .... key assistant location manager: additional photography (uncredited)
Thomas J. Healy IV .... location scout (uncredited)
Lindsay Heller .... set production assistant: reshoots (uncredited)
Doris Hellmann .... production accountant: re-shoots (uncredited)
James Henderson .... stand-in: Sean William Scott (uncredited)
Christina Hwang .... title producer (uncredited)
Joyce Lasley .... stand-in (uncredited)
Teresa Jolene Lee .... set production assistant: reshoots (uncredited)
Don Mann .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Roxanne Marciniak .... second assistant to producer (uncredited)
Kent Matsuoka .... location scout: additional photography (uncredited)
Matthew McArdle .... production assistant (uncredited)
William Sandidge .... location scout (uncredited)
Brandon Schiffman .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Matthew Silverman .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sophia Tapia .... payroll accountant: reshoot (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Chris Anderson .... special thanks
Ashley Bowen .... special thanks
Ryan Lorryn Cartwright .... special thanks
Alexa Faigen .... special thanks
Rashida Jones .... special thanks
KISS .... special thanks
Erica Oyama .... special thanks (as Erica Oyama Marino)
 

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Rated R for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity
Runtime:
99 min | 101 min (unrated version)
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Canada:14A (all jurisdictions) | Finland:K-11 | Germany:12 (video rating) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:16 | Ireland:15 (video rating) | Malaysia:(Banned) | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Peru:14 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:M18 (DVD rating) | South Africa:16 | South Korea:15 | Spain:18 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #44744)

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Trivia:
Many lines in the film were improvised. The writers did constant rewrites and came up with ideas during filming but had to stop because of the 2007 Writers Guild strike.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Danny sits down with Beth in the coffee shop, he points out that he got her a venti chai. A few minutes later, when she is arguing with him (and even though she has barely touched the drink) she moves the cup, which is obviously empty.See more »
Quotes:
[First Line]
Wheeler:Thanks for everything. Guess what I did last night.
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Movie Connections:
References Driving Miss Daisy (1989)See more »
Soundtrack:
Rock You Like a HurricaneSee more »

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30 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Rauchingly sweet, 19 March 2009
Author: diac228 (diac1987@netscape.net) from Orlando, Florida

For every twenty filthy disgusting R-rated comedy gems, there's one that stands out because of its heavy dosage of heart. Role Models isn't the sort of movie you'd expect to be the exception, but nonetheless delivers quality film-making, quality writing and acting, and plenty of life-lessons as well as raunchy humor to keep you laughing throughout. Paul Rudd's first script is full of his dry, sarcastic, witty brand of humor; and then we have the hilarious Seann William Scott in the sidekick role. Underneath the layers of profanity, sex jokes, cleavage lies life values and a hidden layer of sentimentality that seeps its way through the second and third acts. The transition is very slow and gradually actually improves the film as it rolls on.

Role Models follows two slackers, a bitter one (Rudd) and a rowdy, horny freebird (William Scott) being forced to community service after a mishap outside a school. For their community service, they have to enroll in a big brother-like program and take care of a kid for 150 hours. The task becomes hard because one of them is a major fan of the fantasy, medieval role-playing lifestyle, and the other is a foul-mouthed, misbehaving youngling with no respect towards adults or people in general. As they spend more time together however, they realize they have a lot more in common than previously assumed; and suddenly start changing each other's habits for the better.

The screenplay is helmed by four minds, with Paul Rudd providing his personal touch for the first time in his career. The payoff is magnificent, as the plot never dwells into formulaic, and most of the humor hits rather than misses. Unlike most modern rated-R comedies, some of the jokes are very low and come quickly, therefore passing by the viewer without getting a reaction. It takes some quick wit to nab the swiftly-delivered one-liners. Paul Rudd is perfectly cast as the lead character Danny, and performs with an overwhelming aura of selfishness, sarcasm, and subtle hostility. Seann William Scott is at his best when being second banana (See: American Pie, The Rundown) and is also perfectly cast as the wild, immature co-worker of Danny. Last but not least we must applaud Christopher Mintz-Plasse as he delivers another grand geeky performance that mixes humor with heart.

What separates incredible rated-R comedies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and There's Something About Mary from stinkers like Scary Movie 2, Superbad, and My Best Friend's Girl is how much raunchy material is presented and its timing. In the first two films mentioned, there's squeamish and adult humor sprinkled throughout, but it's never overdone or overkilled. Role Models has a lot of profanity, a bit of sex, and a bit of crudeness attached; but these elements are never one-hundred percent focused on. Director David Wain knows how to keep the film from being unbearably crude and unwatchable by proving other ways to deliver laughs: whether it is with physical humor, snappy comebacks, and hilarious scenarios. The best bits are when Danny and Wheeler are having trouble adjusting to the behaviors of their "little brothers."

But then the movie dwells into deeper territory by providing insight into the reason why the little brothers are such a hassle to handle; and why these kids can potentially help our two main characters. Themes about life, love, family, and understanding the next individual are all too present. Nobody's bizarre and unique mannerisms are ever left unexplained. By the end you've gotten to know the characters so well, you can figure out their next moves. It's a sort of predictability that's actually refreshing. Of course, then we are all thrown off by the climax, which stages one of the funniest moments in 2008 cinema. The epic finale is long, but ludicrous, and wraps up the story very nicely.

Bottom Line: It usually isn't my nature to give a film with dozens of cleavage jokes a high score (especially with my hate affair with Dane Cook), but Role Models is surprisingly cute, surprisingly sweet, and delightfully hilarious and touching. You'll care for everyone by the third act, and will remain entertained until the very end. Unlike the average adult comedy, this one comes with a lot of values and adorable little moments that makes this worth watching more than once. Paul Rudd is a much underrated actor and entertainer, as we see him deliver on his first main comedic role. Here's to hoping we'll see much more of him in the near future. In the meantime, you'll do yourself some good by watching this gem.

"No, venti is twenty. Large is large. In fact, tall is large and grande is Spanish for large. Venti is the only one that doesn't mean large. It's also the only one that's Italian. Congratulations, you're stupid in three languages."

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