Project 101

Dan attempts to watch 101 movies in 12 months

#27 Role Models

Posted by Dan on April 19, 2009

role-models-movie-posterI went and saw this with my girlfriend at the movies a few months ago, and to be honest, I was only half into it. I love Paul Rudd, and the previews were hilarious, but I kinda thought that it’d be the typical jock movie with all the funniest bits in the preview. But I tell you what, I got more than I bargained for.

Sean William Scott and Paul Rudd play Wheeler and Danny, two guys who work for an energy drink, going around from school to school pimping out their product. Danny, who hates his job, suddenly snaps one day after finding their truck about to be towed, and runs up a long list of fines and convictions. So instead of going to jail, the court instructs them to do 150 hours of community service, so they find themselves at Sturdy Wings, a ‘bigger brother’ type program for boys.

Now, what surprised me most about this movie, was that in the first 15 minutes, it seemed like another American Pie style comedy filled with nothing but dick and fart jokes. But, while it is partly that, it’s all a really tender coming-of-age type movie. Wheeler needs to learn to grow up and start accepting responsibility. Danny is in a rut with his life and due to his recent dumping by his girlfriend, hates the world and everything around him. There’s quite a few tender moments that I think will be very relatable.

This movie is definitely one of the most underrated movies this year, and its definitely a lot funnier and more sincere than I really thought it would be. And better yet, it’s bloody funny.

Oh, and before I forget, if you’re a KISS fan, then this is definitely one for you too. I do love me some KISS, and so when  was surprised to see so much KISS-humour, I was totally sold.

I give Role Models 3 and a half out of 5 copies of Phantoms on HDDVD.

Danny: Can I get a large black coffee?
Barista: A what?
Danny: Large black coffee.
Barista: Do you mean a venti?
Danny: No, I mean a large.
Barista: Venti is large.
Danny: No, venti is twenty. Large is large. In fact, tall is large and grande is Spanish for large. Venti is the only one that doesn’t mean large. It’s also the only one that’s Italian. Congratulations, you’re stupid in three languages.
Barista: Listen, dick, a venti is a large coffee.
Danny: Really? Says who? Fellini? Do you accept lira or is it all euros now?

2 Responses to “#27 Role Models”

  1. Dee said

    I loved this movie so much. I only watched it because I have a huge crush on Paul Rudd, and I didn’t think it would be anywhere near as good as it was.

  2. Dan said

    I think that’s why I liked it so much – I went to see it on a Tightarse Tuesday screening, with the lowest of low expectations, but was quite pleasantly surprised!

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