Role Models

by | Mar 30th, 2009 | 2:30PM | Filed under: DVD Reviews

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James already handily reviewed Role Models last fall on its theatrical release. And Erika provided a great blow-by-blow of a Paul Rudd screening Q&A.

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.

Rolemodelspic2– 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.


6 Responses to “Role Models

  1. Joe Allen
    Posted on March 30, 2009 at 3:39 pm

    I would really like to see “Role Models”, especially after this glowing review.
    Unfortunately, there only seems to be one copy in the entire Red Box system. I’ve tried at home in Kansas City, and in Des Moines while I was there on business and it’s never in stock.
    What’s up with that?

  2. Jason
    Posted on March 31, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Great, great, GREAT movie! I’m an RPer. That’s different from a LARPer because there’s no dressing up and acting out. Just a table, paper, pencil and dice. After seeing this movie, I actually wanted to try being a LARPer. The whole KISS transformation was to die for. It was so great. The little kid made a superb Gene Simmons. This movie was so hilarious that I just can’t stand it. It was just great!

  3. Locke Peterseim
    Posted on March 31, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Jason, you’ll want to track down two recent documentaries — Darkon from 2007 (it aired on IFC, so I’m sure it’s available on DVD somewhere), and Monster Camp from last year.
    In actuality, they’re pretty much the SAME documentary, but I enjoyed both of them. Both look at the folks who LARP, both poke a little fun, but both also end up mostly painting their human subjects in very likable, lovable terms.
    Darkon’s over-arching story is about the geo-fantasy politics and warfare between factions of a massive LARP, both on and off the battlefield. Monster Camp focuses more on those folks who play the various monsters (and sword fodder) needed to keep a LARP exciting.
    I’ve never LARPed (and never thought I’d be typing that sentence, either), and I never did any sort of D&D RPing. (I grew up in a small farm town — just READING LOTR and liking David Bowie was enough to cloak me in suspicion.) But I loved both these films and the folks –and worlds — you get to know through them.

  4. Patrick
    Posted on April 1, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I want to buy this movie so badly. It was by far the funniest movie I have seen in a long time.

  5. Becky
    Posted on April 1, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    The movie they all appeared in was “Into the Wild”

  6. Ray Watson
    Posted on October 21, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Saw it but cannot remembe that much about it. I would have to say it was probably a C-.