I fully agree with James and Erika about Role Models‘s big funniness and that between it on DVD this month and I Love You, Man in theaters, we are on the cusp of the Glorious Rudd-olution. (Sadly, in Hollywood terms that can only mean that a year from now he’ll have Lilo-ed out and we’ll all be fiercely sick of him.)
But in case you needed even more impetus to see Role Models for the first time, or revisit it for the second or third, here’s why it rules:
– KISS!!!! Rudd’s explanation of why he can only party part of the day: “I can rock and roll from like one to three.”
– Rudd’s “Venti” rant at the Faux-Starbucks: “Congratulations, you’re stupid in three languages.”
– Elizabeth Banks, appearing in half the films released last winter. She needs to be in all of them next winter.
– The now-famous arm-swinging Rudd Dance as they’re towing the Mino-truck (later demonstrated on The Daily Show).
– Every thing that comes out of (and goes into) the great Jane Lynch’s mouth as the head of Sturdy Wings. Including the bagel dog. The end of the deleted scenes add even more disgusting Lynch wonders.
– A.D. Miles as Sturdy Wings devotee Martin Gary. Be sure to catch Martin’s video profile in the Bonus Materials.
– Sean William Scott, not just for the explanation of the “Love Gun” lyrics, or the naked campfire, but because his last two films were this and the painfully unfunny Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach. Thems some comedic ups and downs. (And yeah, I actually watched Balls Out. My bad.)
– Not so much Bobb’e J. Thompson’s foul mouth (it’s not as funny the second time) but his running Ben Affleck joke with Rudd. “What’s up, Reindeer Games?”
– KISS!!! “Detroit Rock City”!!! The battle gear!!! The Mino-Truck!!!
– Christpher Mintz-Plasse, of course, but especially his Marvin Hamlisch shout-out.
– KISS!!! “Beth”!!!! Again, be sure to check the deleted scenes for some great reactions to Peter Criss’s sappy love song.
– Playing over the credits: “Love Take Me (Down to the Streets),” the Wings song that never was.
– And even more deleted scenes! Some are hit and miss, but be sure to stick around for the Sturdy Hands “getting to know you” circle. And Ken Jeong gets a lot more opportunity to shine as King Argotron in the outtakes. Also, check out the video profiles, especially Joe Lo Truglio as Kuzzik demonstrating his wench spanking technique.