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Role Models (2008)


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 158
Fresh: 122 | Rotten: 36

Critics Consensus: Role Models is a frequently crude, always funny comedy with the cast providing solid work throughout.

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: Role Models is a frequently crude, always funny comedy with the cast providing solid work throughout.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 277,122


Movie Info

Danny and Wheeler trash a company truck on an energy drink-fueled bender. Upon their arrest, the court gives them a choice: do hard time or spend 150 service hours with a mentorship program. After one day with the kids, however, jail doesn't look half bad. Surrounded by annoying do-gooders, Danny struggles with his every neurotic impulse to guide Augie through the trials of becoming a man. Unfortunately, the guy just dumped by his girlfriend has only sarcasm to offer a bashful 16-year-old … More

R (for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity)
Directed By:
Written By:
David Wain , Paul Rudd , Ken Marino , Timothy Dowling , W. Blake Herron
In Theaters:
Mar 10, 2009
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for Role Models

All Critics (160) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (122) | Rotten (36) | DVD (14)

Rudd and Scott aren't stretching any new muscles, but Rudd's glum disaffection and Scott's bozo bonhomie do gel with a satisfying stickiness. They handle the gaping innuendo with such delicacy we know that they know they're better than this.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

Role Models could have been another formulaic comedy, fresh off the assembly line. Instead, the work of Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott here is worthy of praise and one of the funnier films this year.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

'Role Models' isn't trying to reinvent the wheel, just polish it up a little. What emerges is a memorable slice of modern slapstick, with charm to spare and just a touch of soul.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

Rudd, who co-wrote the script with director David Wain (among others), clearly learned a few things working on Judd Apatow comedies.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Top Critic

Role Models follows a well-worn path, but thanks to a sure-footed cast and crew, it doesn't just go through the motions.

Full Review… | November 14, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

I really had a lot of fun.

Full Review… | November 10, 2008
At the Movies
Top Critic

If there's any justice, Role Models will see Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott propelled to the status of comedy Gods.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

Two boyish mentors bond with their charges in a swift comedy that lampoons Big Brother programs and the world of live-action role-play.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Film Journal International

Role Models is Rudd's first screenplay credit, and to that all we can say is, what on earth took so long?

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

This is an obviously contrived plot, but the script, co-written by Rudd, director David Wain, support actor Ken Marino and writer Tim Dowling, is packed with great jokes...

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

Role Models plays loose and easy, but not to the point of being lazy.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Q Network Film Desk

A formulaic movie can be lifted out of its built-in rut by making it look like it invented the formula. Almost everything works here.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

A light but heartily funny diversion, best served with a raucous audience who appreciate a masterful KISS joke when they see one.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Dark Horizons

A typically underwhelming post-Apatow comedy...

Full Review… | May 9, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

There's a constant sarcastic rapport between Rudd and Scott right from the get-go that makes the wholly expected plot developments easier to stomach.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

Role Models is a film for the nerds, by the nerds. Lucky for Role Models, the rest of our culture is catching up and are invited along as well.

Full Review… | August 13, 2009

Each bottom feeding joke manages to be more side-splitting than the last.

Full Review… | August 1, 2009

Bobb'e J. Thompson upstages the entire cast with his wit. Thompson was so crass -- I haven't seen a kid curse this much in a movie since Linda Blair in 'The Exorcist'!

Full Review… | July 3, 2009

... One of the best recent comedies not bearing the Apatow name.

Full Review… | May 15, 2009
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

No one is going to marvel at the actors' Stanislavsky-like artistry, but Scott and Rudd are fun to watch and their bickering is hilarious...

Full Review… | January 22, 2009
The Australian

There are some very serious issues here about absent fathers and the lack of positive role models for young males, but they're just a cynical hook for a film full of homophobic, misogynist humour.

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

What Role Models does well is extract every last loose-moral laugh it can from its who-is-educating-who? scenario.

Full Review… | January 15, 2009
Daily Telegraph (Australia)

Like School Of Rock and The Bad News Bears, it cleverly walks a fine line by throwing kids in amongst the filth.

Full Review… | January 14, 2009
FILMINK (Australia)

A great example of the Emotionally Stunted Men Grow A Heart sub-genre. Role Models staves off the January blues and puts a marker down as 2009's laugh-out-loud comedy to beat.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Role Models


Sean William Scott and Paul Rudd come together and produce a comical-bromantic-based story. With their costars shining as bright as the main stars, the film presents a funny atmosphere with the typical satirical feel. A clever script/plot bounded together with a joyous and hysterical hold. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Other than I have never liked the character Stifler whom Seann Scott plays in this movie (although he's called Wheeler here), the movie is pretty good. Two immature guys get to substitute community service for jail time. The community service involves mentoring two teens - and of course, it is not obvious who is benefiting the most - the adults or the kids.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


Crude and sweet, Role Models is a very good modern American comedy, that works very well, not just for the nice screenplay (that looks have Apatow style), but especially for the terrific chemistry between the cast. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott get a chance to prove themselves as great comedians in a starring role for Role Models. One of the funniest comedies of 2008. Really crude, well acted and even at times, touching.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Role Models Quotes

Ronnie Shields: Fucking asshole. Wheeler: Punk bitch.
– Submitted by William C (15 months ago)
Wheeler: Thanks for everything. Guess what I did last night.
– Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
Augie Farks: If by gay you mean the old English definition of 'fun, enjoyable and carefree,' then yes, it's extremely gay.
– Submitted by Isabella M (2 years ago)
Danny Donahue: Pick us up in two hours. Ronnie Shields: Fuck you, Miss Daisy!
– Submitted by Enrica C (2 years ago)
Danny Donahue: Congratulations, you're stupid in three languages.
– Submitted by Roobin N (2 years ago)
Wheeler: Were not gonna butt fuck these kids.
– Submitted by Kaan Z (2 years ago)

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