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Role Models (2008)



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

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

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



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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



David Wain, Paul Rudd, Ken Marino, Timothy Dowling, W. Blake Herron

Mar 10, 2009


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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.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source:
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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.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source:
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'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.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Rudd, who co-wrote the script with director David Wain (among others), clearly learned a few things working on Judd Apatow comedies.

November 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
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Role Models follows a well-worn path, but thanks to a sure-footed cast and crew, it doesn't just go through the motions.

November 14, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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I really had a lot of fun.

November 10, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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If there's any justice, Role Models will see Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott propelled to the status of comedy Gods.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source:

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

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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?

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

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...

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

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

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

A typically underwhelming post-Apatow comedy...

May 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

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.

August 13, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO | Comment (1)

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

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

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'!

July 3, 2009 Full Review Source:

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

May 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
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...

January 22, 2009 Full Review Source: The Australian
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.

January 16, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National | Comments (12)
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What Role Models does well is extract every last loose-moral laugh it can from its who-is-educating-who? scenario.

January 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia)
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.

January 14, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
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.

January 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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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
July 29, 2012
Eugene Bernabe

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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.
May 20, 2012

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.
March 20, 2012
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.
March 4, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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    1. Ronnie Shields: Fucking asshole.
    2. Wheeler: Punk bitch.
    – Submitted by William C (15 months ago)
    1. Wheeler: Thanks for everything. Guess what I did last night.
    – Submitted by Evan T (2 years ago)
    1. 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)
    1. Danny Donahue: Pick us up in two hours.
    2. Ronnie Shields: Fuck you, Miss Daisy!
    – Submitted by Enrica C (2 years ago)
    1. Danny Donahue: Congratulations, you're stupid in three languages.
    – Submitted by Roobin N (2 years ago)
    1. Wheeler: Were not gonna butt fuck these kids.
    – Submitted by Kaan Z (2 years ago)
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