#YESTOBLACK

Movie Review: 'Role Models'

Movie Review: 'Role Models'

Summary: Two men in their mid 30's are tired of the monotony of life and end up breaking the law in their frustration of being energy drink salesmen.

Published November 9, 2008

rolemodelsSummary : Two men in their mid 30's are tired of the monotony of life and end up breaking the law in their frustration of being energy drink salesmen. Avoiding prison time, they are sentenced to 150 hours of community service to work with two kids: A cussing, violent, sex-obsessed child and a teen who wears a cape and worships dungeons and dragons. No other mentors have been able to survive these kids. If they can't, they will go directly to jail.

Review : In an era of everything being politically correct, “Role Models” dishes humor that is homophobic, misogynistic and racist—for some reason I was not offended. I believe you can do anything you want with brash humor as long as it is funny and funny this movie is.

Seann William Scott and Paul Rudd headline the film. The chemistry is instant with their wit, comedic timing and smooth performances. However, the true stars of “Role Models” are the kids. First, there is Christopher Mintz-Plasse who plays Augie Farks, a boy who has an unhealthy obsession with dungeons and drags—the stereotypical nerd. Mintz-Plasse lands the character, easily surpassing the leads. Then, there is Bobb'e J. Thompson , who plays Ronnie Shields. The 13 year-old Thompson upstages the entire cast and makes up for a movie that beyond the surface is not that great. Thompson was so crass and raw that your jaw drops—I have not seen kid curse this much in a movie since Linda Blair in "The Exorcist"!

"Role Models" sticks to a basic formula of frat boy comedy. It is not a sharp, edgy comedy in the way of "There's Something About Mary" or even a "Nutty Professor." It's the type of film we have seen a billion times but the director, David Wain , finds a way to make it work. This flick definitely appeals to a particular crowd. If romantic comedies are "chick flicks" then this is definitely a "dude flick."

”Role Models” is in theaters now.

Written by Clay Cane

COMMENTS

Latest in news