If there's any justice, Role Models will see Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott propelled to the status of comedy Gods.
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: B-
Two boyish mentors bond with their charges in a swift comedy that lampoons Big Brother programs and the world of live-action role-play.
Role Models is Rudd's first screenplay credit, and to that all we can say is, what on earth took so long?
| Original Score: 3/5
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...
| Original Score: 8/10
Role Models plays loose and easy, but not to the point of being lazy.
| Original Score: 3/4
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.
| Original Score: B+
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.
A light but heartily funny diversion, best served with a raucous audience who appreciate a masterful KISS joke when they see one.
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.
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.
| Original Score: A-
Each bottom feeding joke manages to be more side-splitting than the last.
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'!
| Original Score: B
... One of the best recent comedies not bearing the Apatow name.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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...
What Role Models does well is extract every last loose-moral laugh it can from its who-is-educating-who? scenario.
Like School Of Rock and The Bad News Bears, it cleverly walks a fine line by throwing kids in amongst the filth.
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.
'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.
| Original Score: 4/6
It may be slight, it may be derivative, but this comedy for (if not quite about) adults is also deliriously funny.
| Original Score: 3.5/5