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Role Models

Danny and Wheeler were just sentenced to 150 hours mentoring kids. Worst idea ever.  

Year: 2008 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by David Wain 
Starring: Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elizabeth Banks  
An image from Role Models

What do you get when you add Stifler from American Pie to Superbad's McLovin and throw in that guy from 40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up? You have one hell of a comedy in the mix. And role models they ain't.

The plot centres on two losers who sell energy drinks, finding themselves facing a jail sentence. Somehow they manage to wheedle themselves out of it by participating in a dysfunctional community service program. But here's the catch, these two must become "role models" for two troublesome kids (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb'e J. Thompson). One is a foul-mouthed little boy obsessed with breasts and the other a nerdy teenager with a love for live action role-playing games.

Expect memorable quotes, sexual references, uncomfortable situations and slapstick. And ironically enough, the woman who runs the course for these dysfunctional youngsters was once a crackhead who granted sexual favours for drugs... If you're not laughing out loud every second, do prepare yourself for tight, clever jokes every other second.

It's also spun expectedly with a quirky love story and the soundtrack nicely littered with 70s rock classics. Though there are some serious issues underlining the humour - possibly, the lack of role models or fatherly figures for today's youth, and this is the punch line to the story.

As with all comedies, it climaxes on a high note with a musical, feel-good ending. Predictable? Yes. But it's a definite must-see movie for comedy fans. If you've seen 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Superbad, surely all of which you have enjoyed, secretly or not, you'd certainly want to get Role Models under your belt.

Yun Miao

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Screenings of this film:

2008/2009 Summer Term (35mm)