Thursday, December 18, 2008

Role Models

New review from The Movie Snob

Role Models (B). Okay, there's no denying that there is lots to disapprove of in this movie. Gratuitous nudity. Vast quantities of crude and obscene language. Most of it said to, in front of, or by children. It is rated R for a reason. All that said, I laughed a lot at this movie. Paul Rudd (The 40-Year-Old Virgin) delivers another solid comedic performance playing Danny, a guy in his mid-30's who makes his living pushing an energy drink called Minotaur on schoolchildren under the guise of a "stay off drugs" campaign. He loathes his life, consequently driving away his attractive lawyer girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks, W) and getting into a legal jam that requires him and his partner Wheeler (Seann William Scott, American Pie) to put in 150 hours of community service or go to jail. They wind up in a Big Brothers type program, in which Danny mentors a nerd who's into live-action Dungeons & Dragons in the park every weekend, and Wheeler draws a younger black kid with an amazingly foul mouth. The gal who runs the program is a crazy ex-junkie played by the irreplaceable Jane Lynch (The 40-Year-Old Virgin), who made my jaw drop almost every time she opened her mouth. Not for all tastes, but I think you'll like it if you liked, oh, I don't know . . . The 40-Year-Old Virgin?


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