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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Role Models (Cert 15)


Danny (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Sean William Scott) are both sales men for an energy drink company called Minotuar. They spend their days driving around LA in a big truck shaped like Minotaur, going to schools and trying to teach the kids about the dangers of drugs (wheeler is dressed as a Minotaur!).

Danny is a pretty miserable chap - he doesn't really get very much joy out of anything. Which is why its surprising he even has a girlfriend (Beth). He is a bit like me, and finds some of the ordinary things get at him... even ordering coffee is annoying - why do they call a big cup of black coffee and Venti Americano or whatever!!!

Beth (Elizabeth Banks) is finally ground down by his negative attitude... And when under pressure from both her and Wheeler (who has an annoyingly positive approach to life!) he finally flips on the way to his next appointment and bursts in on Beth and asks her to marry him!
She says no!
This leads him to a disasterous line of events which includes shouting at a load of school children telling them drugs are great and Minotuar drink is bad and then having a run in with the traffic warden just about to cart his van away and then crash it into the school's statue of a horse!
In order to avoid a jail sentence, they are sent to do community service at a local project that links an adult (A Big!) with a child who is in need of some love (A little!)
Wheeler is paired with Ronnie (Bobbe J Thomson) a nightmare black kid with a serious attitude and gutter mouth problem! Danny is paired with Augie Farks (Christopher Mintz-Plasse - Super Bad) a teenager super nerd with an unhealthy obsession for Role Play.

The film follows them as the Bigs try to save themselves from jail, but eventually find a connection with there Littles! But is it enough to keep them from messing up and heading to the clink.

I have to say the language is appauling, some of it makes sense, but most of it just isn't necessary. However the situation are handled wonderfully. The slap stick is nothing new, but well done. There are times when you think: Did they really just say that? Especially the interaction between Wheeler and Ronnie.

Its aimed at teenage boys and young men... but is funny enough that anyone can get caught up in it.

Ones to watch: Bobbe J Thomson is great and Jane Lynch as the ex druggy woman running Sturdy Wings is fantastic.


From Wikipedia:
Directed by
David Wain
Produced by Luke GreenfieldMary Parent
Written by David Wain, Timothy Dowling, Paul Rudd, Ken Marino
Starring Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch.


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