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Role Models (2008)

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Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program.

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David Wain

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Timothy Dowling (story), W. Blake Herron (story) (as William Blake Herron) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seann William Scott ... Wheeler
Paul Rudd ... Danny
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Augie
Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Ronnie
Elizabeth Banks ... Beth
Jane Lynch ... Sweeny
Ken Jeong ... King Argotron
Ken Marino ... Jim Stansel
Kerri Kenney ... Lynette (as Kerri Kenney-Silver)
A.D. Miles ... Martin
Joe Lo Truglio ... Kuzzik
Matt Walsh ... Davith of Glencracken
Nicole Randall Johnson ... Karen
Alexandra Stamler ... Esplen (as Allie Stamler)
Carly Craig ... Connie
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Storyline

Danny and Wheeler, well into their 30s, lack something: Danny feels stuck; he's sour and has driven away his terrific girlfriend. Wheeler chases any skirt he sees for empty sex. When they get in a fight with a tow-truck driver, they choose community service over jail and are assigned to be big brothers - Danny to Augie, a geek who loves to LARP (Live Action Role Play), and Wheeler to Ronnie, a pint-size foul-mouthed kid. After a rocky start, things start to go well until both Danny and Wheeler make big mistakes. Can the two men figure out how to change enough to be role models to the boys? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They're about to get more than they plea-bargained for. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2009 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Mal ejemplo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,167,085, 9 November 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,294,270

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,380,927
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| (unrated)

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Many lines in the film were improvised. The writers did constant rewrites and came up with ideas during filming but had to stop because of the 2007 Writers Guild strike. See more »

Goofs

When Danny sits down with Beth in the coffee shop, he points out that he got her a venti chai. A few minutes later, when she is arguing with him (and even though she has barely touched the drink) she moves the cup, which is obviously empty. See more »

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Danny: Pick us up in two hours.
Ronnie Shields: Fuck you, Miss Daisy.
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Crazy Credits

Halfway through the end credits, we cut back to Gayle Sweeny repeating her suggestive use of a hot-dog toward Jim Stansel (continuously pushes the end out of its bun while he sticks it back in). See more »

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Unrated Version Includes 8 cuts and 2 using alternative footage, total difference is 2:12 min. See more »

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So much funnier than I was expecting
12 November 2008 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

After seeing the trailer for Role Models, I thought it looked like a funny movie, but I wasn't expecting much, I was thinking they might have just shown the great parts in the trailer and that would be it. But I took the opportunity and saw Role Models the other day and I have to say this is completely opposite from what I was expecting, first off I was worried that there was going to be a lot of gross humor and the kids might be more annoying than funny, but it turn out that this was one of the funniest movies I have seen this year. I just couldn't stop laughing throughout this film, who knew that Sean William Scott could actually be really funny? I know there are a lot of Stiffler fans that will hate that sentence, but I don't remember a time that I laughed so hard at his character. He and Paul Rudd both worked so well together and were terrific on screen, this was the last duo on Earth that I expected such great laughs from.

Wheeler and Danny both work for an energy drink company, but after a very hard day for Danny he crashes their company truck on school property, but his ex-girlfriend, Beth, who is a lawyer is able to get them just 150 hours community service with two kids, one is a total dungeons and dragons nerd and the other is just a pain in the butt. You know how the story goes, Danny learns how to be happy and Wheeler finally grows up into a more father figure role.

Now the story is something we have seen a million times before, but it's still a great comedy. Jane Lynch who is becoming one of my favorite comedic actresses, you've also seen her in 40 year old virgin, she is just absolutely hilarious in this movie and has all the best lines "You know what I ate for breakfast? Cocaine. You know what I ate for lunch? Cocaine..." she is such a great and fun actress to watch on screen. I really loved Role Models, it turned out to be a great comedy and was an absolute blast to watch. I highly recommend if you get the chance to see it, take it, it's a guaranteed laugh.

8/10


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