Role Models

Role Models Poster

Rated: R

Running Time: 99 Minutes

Year: 2008

Nudity: 2 pairs of boobs. 

One Sentence: A great Apatow comedy without Judd Apatow. 

As I might have said here before, I love Paul Rudd, he is probably my favorite male actor in Hollywood today, him and Seth Green.  It is very hard for me not to like anything he touches, and not only is he funny, he's damn fine to look at and seems like overall a nice guy.  All qualities I look for in a man.  So when I found out not only is he acting in Role Models but also helped write it, well I was going to go see it, even if I had to pay for it.  (I was out of town for the sneak)   

Sean William Scott, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, McLovin (Poor kid is never going to be listed by his real name) and Jane Lynch, are all the stars of the movie.  It also has a major story line about LARPers (look it up) so I was about this movie.  I am glad to report that it seems as funny as the trailers make it out to be and works very well as a rated R, adult comedy with a nice little tied up resolution at the end.   I found the movie to be smart, enjoyable, and well worth the money spent, even though Paul Rudd said not to spend money on it, when he was on The Daily Show. 

Also they deal with these super nerds called LARPers, in a funny and respectable way.  I found this to be an excellent way to poke fun at these guys without really going after them.  I find sometimes the use of geek subculture to be used to harshly in comedies as an easy out to make fun of something, and they didn't do that here.   They used them as a joke, but it was respectable, well thought out and very funny.  I thought this was one of the qualities that sometimes is missing in these comedies as they get brutal on a subculture,  Role Models stayed above that line and still delivered a very very funny movie.  I would rent this one for sure, and if you are itching for a comedy, go to the theater, you won't be disappointed.  

4 Stars 

  • Lee

    That is such a relief to hear, because I saw the trailer and thought that it looked really funny. But then I thought that about Step Brothers and it was only barely funny (ie it had its moments but I wouldn’t bother rushing out to buy it on DVD).

    I too am a big fan of Paul Rudd so I will look out for this when it comes to Australia.

    • Yea I hate when they show everything funny in the trailer.

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