Role Models

release year: 2008
genre: comedy
viewing setting: home DVD, 4/1/09

synopsis: Two aimless twentysomething energy-drink salesmen have to perform community service, which means acting as big brothers to two troubled youths.

impressions: This was funny as hell, in an R-rated way. One of the guys is super-critical of everything, and he ends up paired with a kid who only cares about his live-action role-playing game. The other guy is totally irreverent and fun-loving, and he gets matched with a foul-mouthed street kid. The lady supervising the big-brother program is a reformed bad girl who's not shy about letting everyone know how bad she used to be. This is all just hilarious; I knew this movie would be good at the two-minute mark, when Seann William Scott (dressed in a ridiculous costume) gets chided by some kids, and gives them some choice comments in return.

something this movie has that no other movie has: Minotaur energy drink

acting: Paul Rudd is the serious adult; Seann William Scott is the flippant one. They work well together. Elizabeth Banks is Rudd's girlfriend, who dumps him but is still his lawyer for their community service.

final word: Outstanding R-rated comedy that's not too raunchy.

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