Role Models (2008)



Critic Consensus: 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 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.
R (for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity)
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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
Allie Stamler
as Esplen
Carly Craig
as Connie
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
Vincent Martella
as Artonius
Matt Walsh
as Davith of Glencracken
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Critic Reviews for Role Models

All Critics (157) | Top Critics (41)

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November 15, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

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
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Full Review… | February 25, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
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 8, 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 20, 2008
Top Critic

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
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

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

Nicki Marie
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

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