This is a compilation of all feature films that have played at Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX from 2005 through…
They're about to get more than they plea-bargained for.
Two salesmen trash a company truck on an energy drink-fueled bender. Upon their arrest, the court gives them a choice: do hard time or spend 150 service hours with a mentorship program. After one day with the kids, however, jail doesn't look half bad.
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: A venti is a large coffee.
Danny: Really? Says who? Fellini? Do you accept lira or is it all euros now?
How had I never seen this before?
Predictable and cheap.
Which is kind of a big deal in a comedy.
I bet if I suggested a game of Quidditch he'd cum in his pants.
While I was extremely disappointed with David Wain's last directorial effort in Wanderlust, I can honestly say that it seems his other works still hold up. Since that disappointment I've revisited with great results Childrens Hospital, Wet Hot American Summer and now Role Models. The web series and two films seem to get better with each viewing with the latter is still my favorite film of his.
Role Models is basically a coming of age film, but not one for the two kids that are in it, but rather the mid-30s cynic as all hell Gen-Xer Danny as played by Paul Rudd. What's funny is…
Wain seems to bring an unabashed earnestness and uncynical message to many of his films - something I really respond to.
I love that he takes time to develop the characters and their relationships, and that most of the comedy comes from the circumstances and mostly the delivery. It is a good thing that he has built this troupe of very talented comedians like Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, Joe LoTruglio and Paul Rudd who are very reliable.
When I first saw it when it came out I wasn't as taken with it, but revisiting it now everything just clicked. I loved this film and think I'll like it more and more on rewatches. Overall it's my third favourite out of the four films of his I've seen, but that says more about Wain's career rather than the film itself.
"Fuck you Ms. Daisy."
A selfish adult's coming of age story... of course it speaks to Gen-Xers!
Very funny movie. I loved every character in this film, but was completely taken by suprise by Bobbe Thompson who played Ronnie, one of the kids that is being mentored by Sean William Scott and Paul Rudd in the movie. Ronnie is a 5th grader who acts more like a teenager always cussing, smart mouthing everyone, and very interested in women. His mentor is none other than Wheeler (Sean William Scott who plays the same character he always does, a grown up adolescent) and they are just hillarious together on screen. Paul Rudd is excellent in this film as he plays a very unhappy and satircal character named Danny who has to mentor Christopher Mintz-Plasse (famous for his role as…
Why didn't I like this as much as I love the rest of David Wain's work? I've seen TCT, WHAS, and Wanderlust multiple times and I can't find myself getting bored of them (though the former two far more than the latter, regardless of the last having one of my all-time favorite Wain scenes in Rudd's mirror bit), but this was... this was just fine? It has its rather amusing bits and a lot of heart in the way the relationships play out, but the first forty minutes or so are a slog to get through and the whole thing just feels like a very average comedy from a dude who has handed me so much genius over the years. Hell, watching this immediately after watching the Stella pilot for the first time (an amazing work of art I must say) was probably a terrible idea.
Still cracks me up.
Though it doesn't (can't, really) have the weird beating heart at the center of Wet Hot American Summer or Wanderlust, it's not hard to imagine how different a movie Role Models would be without David Wain, Ken Marino, and Paul Rudd's retooling. Plenty of (well-executed, grounded) raunch, but plenty of laughs and generosity.
Role Models brings the best out of its leads, and the rest of the cast as well. It's one of the funniest comedies in recent years,
I love this movie so goddamn much
My top 10%.
This is my favorite 10% of all the films I've seen. It only took 6 months of…
My favorite films - the ones that left a big impression, the ones that formed me, the ones I return…