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!
" What I'm trying to say is that when I get out of prison, can I hang out with your ten-year-old son?"
I laughed quite a bit the first time I saw Role Models, and that didn't change on this re-watch.
Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott play off of each other well, and their situations with their "littles" is funny stuff. The "littles" are played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Bobb'e J. Thompson both of whom are funny in their roles. We also get Elizabeth Banks in a minor role and Jane Lynch who gives a kooky performance as Sweeny the founder of Sturdy Wings.
The plot is simple as expected with a film merely looking for laughs, but it's…
Holy shit this was... middling. Weird tonal shifts between stupid antics with children saying fuck and Paul Rudd's relationship problems.
Ronnie: Suck it, "Reindeer Games"!
Danny: I'm not Ben Affleck.
Ronnie: You white, then you Ben Affleck.
Wheeler: You are white.
Danny: That's true, I am white.
Let's face it, Paul Rudd is the reason this movie is so funny. I love his venti speech and his pickup lines to Elizabeth Banks. When he uses the Ghostbusters catchphrase that's just amazing and can bring me to tears laughing so hard. Sean William Scott brings the energy here and some laughs when we're away from Rudd. Jane Lynch's cocaine analogies for everything is only great because of Rudd's and Scott's reaction to it. The final battle dressed as Kiss is hilarious.
Watchlist Film #1
I'm not one to rain on lightheartedness, but this movie can't make up its mind if it's going to be another cliche comedy (character loses friend/significant other but at the end does something dramatic to win them back) or a raunchy and fun flick. Rudd is the only good performance amongst the mostly bland and unoriginal cast and characters. This is far from memorable but not a total waste of time. There is some hilarious moments but not quite enough. This is just another comedy that will fade in the near future.
Could See, C+
I gotta be honest with you, the material was so-so. But SWS and Rudd are funny guys. I think they could make anything funny. And the mouthy little kid was really funny, even though I cringed at some of the things he said :).
On the middle rung of this constant barrage of apatow genre comedy. It felt more like a kids film in the style of the Sandlot Kids except with bad language.
Bland comedy with two or three really good jokes. The first 30-40 minutes are stronger than the rest of the movie, which is kind of boring and not funny at all. It's a shame, since the premise was very promising (Paul Rudd and Stifler from American Pie have to play "Big Brothers" for two messy kids -one of the them is McLovin from Superbad, but the funny one is the other kid).
Sue Sylvester from Glee is here playing a pre-Sue Sylvester character, maybe the funniest thing of the film.
Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program. - IMDB
Role Models is one of those films that looks like it might miss the mark in the way that the majority of 'comedies' do this day and age. It doesn't and that's where it's at it's most refreshing.
Featuring quite a competent cast who portray their characters in a fairly decent comedic light. Which for me, is lead by the smallest of the group, played by Bobb'e J. Thompson. He steals the show with his one-liners. Without him, this would have been more average.
Some decent laughs and a couple of good life lessons thrown in for good measure, it's an entertaining watch.
Quite an amusing romp in all honesty with massive amounts of swearing from a little lad with a chip on his shoulder.
After getting tanked up on energy drinks 2 mates are left with going to the 'pen' or mentoring some dysfunctional kids as community service with some strange events.
I don't want to get too graphic but I sucked his dick for drugs.
- No Blade of Grass
- The Last Wave
- 1990: The Bronx Warriors
- Miracle Mile
- Singin' in the Rain
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- All the President's Men
- The Godfather
My top 10%.
This is my favorite 10% of all the films I've seen. It only took 6 months of…
- The Man from Nowhere
- In the Loop
My favorite films - the ones that left a big impression, the ones that formed me, the ones I return…