Role Models (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Role Models (2008)



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

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 obsessed with medieval role play. Meanwhile, charming Wheeler tries to trade in an addiction to partying and women to assist a fifth-grader named Ronnie redirect his foul-mouthed ways. It would probably help if Ronnie's new mentor wasn't an overgrown adolescent whose idea of quality time includes keggers in Venice Beach. Once the center's ex-con director gives them an ultimatum, Danny and Wheeler are forced to tailor their brand of immature wisdom to their charges. And if they can just make it through probation without getting thrown in jail, the world's worst role models will prove that, sometimes, it takes a village idiot to raise a child.more
Rating: R (for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: David Wain, Ken Marino, Paul Rudd, Tim Dowling, Timothy Dowling
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 10, 2009
Box Office: $67.3M
Universal Pictures - Official Site


Paul Rudd
as Danny Donahue
Bobb'e J. Thompson
as Ronnie Shields
Jane Lynch
as Gayle Sweeny
Ken Marino
as Jim Stansel
Ken Jeong
as King Argotron
A.D. Miles
as Martin Gary
Armen Weitzman
as party dude
Nate Hartley
as rule master
David Wain
as Chevron Baine
Shane Arenal
as student in hall
Tina Casciani
as Gretchen
Nina Hellman
as barista
Matt Walsh
as Davith of Glencracke...
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Critic Reviews for Role Models

All Critics (159) | Top Critics (41)

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

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

Audience Reviews for Role Models


Too much fun! Two men-children become big brothers to a fantasy geek and a foul-mouthed delinquent, and heartwarming hilarity ensues. The inside look at the LARP community and the integration of the KISS motif culminates in some great deadpan humor, victorious redemption, and of course, ye olde goofy Englishisms.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

I can't imagine why I originally gave this 4 stars. It is pretty average.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


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

Role Models Quotes

Ronnie Shields: Fucking asshole.
Wheeler: Punk bitch.
– Submitted by William C (2 years ago)
Wheeler: Thanks for everything. Guess what I did last night.
– Submitted by Evan T (3 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 (4 years ago)
Danny Donahue: Pick us up in two hours.
Ronnie Shields: Fuck you, Miss Daisy!
– Submitted by Enrica C (4 years ago)

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