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Role Models (UR)
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Mar 10, 2009 By: Sturdy
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Director:
David Wain

Actors:
Sean William Scott
Paul Rudd
Christopher Mintz-Plasse

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two guys, angry with their life and pissed at the world, get sentenced to community service at a big brother type organization after a run-in with the law. At first, theyíre angry with their responsibilities, but soon, they learn some valuable life lessons.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
ROLE MODELS is one of those films that starts with a great idea and a few solid jokes and then doesnít quite go in the direction you think it will go. I had heard that it went through numerous rewrites and even at the end of filming, the screenwriters still werenít completely satisfied with what they had. I think that resonates on screen as the jokes come very quick and usually have their own dedicated scene, separate from the story.

Thanks to Apatow, audiences expect more from their comedies than they did before. Itís nice to have a story that happens to have funny scenes rather than a montage of jokes with a story thrown in there. Although I loved some of the jokes in ROLE MODELS, it sometimes felt like they had a bag full of jokes and they wrote the story around those jokes. Thatís not always bad, but it kept the film from being great. The other issue is with LAIRE (think medieval role-playing group). It played a very large part of the film and I think the story of Augie and his fascination with it could have been its own movie As it was, it kind of distracted us from the cool leads we had and took away some of the comedy.

I should mention that there were numerous times I laughed out loud. This film is about as close as you can get to a great comedy without quite being there. Paul Rudd crafted a great character that reminded me a lot of myselfÖbut funnier. I could have used more of him pointing out what annoys him with strangers and seeing the confrontations. I also wanted a bigger blow-up to eventually lead to their arrest. That was an opportunity to go big and they should have made that outrageous and hilarious. But again, they had enough comedy to make this an easy recommend to anyone that appreciates R-rated comedies.

When I heard David Wain was directing, I cringed a little bit. I donít know if I just donít get his humor or if he really isnít funny, but I do not enjoy his brand of humor. I was expecting more of it in this film, but luckily, it turned out that most of the scenes I felt were his ended up in the deleted scenes. So I wouldnít let your feelings about Wain sway you one direction or the other.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with David Wain: I canít say Iím the biggest David Wain fan. I donít find him to be very funny, so when he tries to be funny here, I didnít like it. The good news is that he spends most of the time talking about the scenes and where they came from. So even though Iím not his biggest fan, I enjoyed his commentary.

Deleted and Alternate Scenes (24:20): This movie was made for deleted and alternate scenes. Like I said in the review, itís one string of punch lines and jokes after another and these deleted scenes are more of the same. Any of these could have been in the film and it would have been just as funny.

Bloopers (3:52): These were pretty good and were actually bloopers, no a bunch of laughing. They didnít go on too long and were pretty good.

In Character and Off Script (8:06): These were kind of weird. Itís basically three mock interviews with some minor characters. Some talking about LAIRE and another talking about Sturdywings. I didnít think much of these and I wouldíve liked to know how these wouldíve fit into the idea of the film.

Game On: Creating a Role Playing World (9:46): The world of LAIRE was a prominent part of the film, so it makes sense that it would get some time on the DVD. I like how they said they didnít want to make fun of role players, but they did and I didnít think they tried to hide that. They had some behind the scenes footage and interviews and was overall pretty good.

On the set of Role Models (7:41): This is a generic, quick look at the set of the film with interviews from all the major players. Itís a little too much fluff, but it was a nice overview of the film.

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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The movie has its problems and doesnít live up to its potential, but it made me laugh numerous times and with a comedy, thatís all you can ask for. I think this is a safe, discounted purchase since it has a high re-watchability factor.
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