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Role Models

In Role Models, certified member of the Judd Apatow universe, Paul Rudd finally gets the lead role. He does however; have to work really hard not to get swallowed up on-screen by his movie partner Seann William Scott, who most will remember as Steve Stifler from the American Pie franchise. Rudd’s understated comic delivery is a good counter to Scott’s manic presence and when Rudd finally loses it, it leads to some of the film’s funniest moments.

The pair spend their days going to high schools and hawking a Red Bull wannabe, Minotaur energy drink and telling the students about the evils of drugs (taurine and caffeine excluded of course). When Rudd, in the middle of a very bad day, finally looses it, the pair are arrested, given community service in lieu of jail time and become big brothers to a couple of kids in dire need of some adult role models. This adult supervision they do not get.

Instead the pair of youth, Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin from Super Bad) and Bobb’e J. Thompson eventually get the best friends they never had and learn an adult lesson or two. This enlightenment however doesn’t happen until all parties’ involved experience the alternate reality world that only a youth comedy can create.

As youth fodder, Role Models ticks all the right boxes and has the requisite underlining message of staying true to oneself. As a comedy, it throws enough darts at the board to score quite a few bull’s-eyes.
Rob Hudson
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