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When I saw this film advertised on the tele, I couldn't wait to see it. It looked really funny and one of the main characters is a favourite actor of mine, Sean William Scott from American Pie. I eventually got round to buying it on dvd, so here's my review:
Quick summary of the plot:
Danny (Paul Rudd) isn't having much luck. He works with his best friend, Wheeler (Sean william Scott) selling poor quality energy drinks, is accident prone and gets dumped by his girlfriend. After a bad day at work, he ends up in a fight with a two truck driver trying to tow their work van, resulting in him and Wheeler landing in court, with the option of jail or community service. They see the community service as the easier way out and end up working with 'the big brother programme' where they have to spend time with kids and act as role models to them. In the end, I think they would have found jail easier.
I found this film so funny. Sean William Scott naturally makes me laugh with the things he comes out with and his general attitutde in films. Paul Rudd is a great actor too. I'd not heard of him until recently, I noticed he just keeps popping up in films I've been watching lately, like Knocked up and I love you man, and he's really comical. He always plays a pretty similar laid back guy in the films I've seen, but his one liners crack me up. Christopher Mintz-Plasse is another actor that seems to have come out of nowhere, and suddenly appear in loads of films. In this film, he plays Augie, the child that Danny is meant to look after. He's a great young actor, famous in my mind for his role as McLovin' in Superbad. He plays similar characters from film to film too, a dweeby, annoyingly wimpy kid that you half want to beat up, and half feel sorry for haha. One of the other main characters in this film is Bobb'e J. Thompson who plays Ronnie, the kid that Wheeler looks after. He plays such an aggressive character in this film but it's really comical because he's only about 12. His language throughout the film is worse than that of the adults, so if you're offended by bad language, it may not be the film for you. I think the casting for this film was done really really well. I think all of the actors fitted their characters perfectly.
The film was written and directed by David Wain. He did a fantastic job of building a profile for the characters and making them stick to it throughout the film. I think the storyline is really interesting and it is one of those films you have to keep watching to find out how it'll end. The humour throughout the film was great to me. Unlike some films, it wasn't unrealistic or over-used, but perfectly balanced to have you laughing at the right times.
I only paid £5 for this Dvd which I do think is a total bargain. I've watched it a few times now and I laugh everytime. I think it's the perfect comedy. I wouldn't really recommend this film for children, due to the bad language and occasional sexual references, I think the certificate rating of 15 is about right.
Overall, I'd definitely recommend this film. I found it so funny, it's got a great cast and storyline and is well worth the watch!
I loved the character 'Stiffler' in the American Pie movies! I think that he is a great character, and the guy who played him (Sean William Scott) is a fantastic actor. So, when I heard about a movie that he was in, I just had to see it.
Role Model is an American comedy movie starring Sean William Scott and Paul Rudd. The movie was released in the United Kingdom in 2009 and so is fairly recent. The movie is a 15 which means that it must not be viewed by persons under the age of fifteen. You can buy a copy of the DVD from Amazon for a price of £3.65 which I think is great value for money.
Plot: Danny and Wheeler are two salesmen. On a bender fuelled by energy drinks, the pair end up getting arrested. They are given a choice as to how to pay for their 'bad behaviour'; go to prison or do 150 hours of community service. Will it all go to plan? What will they do? Watch Role Model to find out!
Haha! I just knew that this was going to be a funny movie the minute I saw that Sean William Scott was in it!
I loved the plot. It is the kind of movie which has been done before, yet there is something quite different about it. It does come across as being quite an usual kind of movie, although there is also something 'quite real' about it.
The characters in this movie are so crazy that you just have to laugh at them. They are so stupid yet there is something in the characters that we can all relate to. They are just normal guys who get caught up in the moment.
I thought that the actors (especially the two main actors) played their parts really well. They had such great on-screen chemistry that you would really believe that they were best mates in real life. I thought that they also had great comedy humour, and really knew how to give the audience some laughs.
If you love a laugh, and loved similar movies such as 'Knocked Up' then you will love this movie!
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2nd May 2011
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Having split up from his girlfriend and stuck in what feels like a dead end job promoting an Energy drink things aren't looking great for Danny. He works with his best friend Wheeler but he feels like something is missing. One day Danny finally flips and ends up in a fight with a tow truck driver that results in a choice between community service or jail. The choice isn't exactly a hard one and the pair end up taking the community service option, where they are paired up in a big brother program with Augie and Ronnie. Can the pair act as suitable role models or will the two kids end up mimicking their new big brother's behaviour.
Since its release in 2008 I think Role Models has been one of those movies I've had opportunities to see but have kept putting off. I'm not even really sure of the real reason why but a couple of weeks ago I finally got around to watching it. The appeal of Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott out weighed my concerns about whether it would be as funny as I was expecting. At 99 minutes long I actually found it to be a decent movie that combined a decent story with some very funny moments.
It's the first time I've come across a movie from writer and director David Wain and I think it's fair to say he's done well. There isn't anything too testing within the movie for a director, but he has done the simple things well and that is always a welcome factor in a movie. The close ups and mood setting in certain scene's works really well and doesn't feel over the top. It isn't that he does an outstanding job either, but what he does he does well.
The screenplay is made up from a combination of 4 different writers ideas and whilst again it isn't anything too taxing it works. The comedy isn't anything new, but the approach to a familiar concept of comedy movies works really well. I think the inclusion of Paul Rudd in the writing credits along with the director highlights how hard they worked to make sure this film worked. The 99-minute run time feels just right and I think had it been any longer it would have lost a lot of the appeal.
I think it would be fair to say that the lead actors are going to draw a number of viewers into this movie. I've started to see a few more of Paul Rudd's films and have to say that I'm more impressed with each of his movies. He seems to have a real natural aptitude for comedy and whilst his character in this is a little grumpy he really makes it work well and creates some very funny moments. In contrast I think everyone knows what to expect from Seann William Scott and once again he really doesn't disappoint.
He puts in a decent performance, however just like the majority of his roles it still seems like he's still playing his American Pie character 10 years on. Of course he can still get work and get paid for it then he'd be silly not to exploit it whilst he can. The real star of the film for me though was Christopher Mintz-Plasse. This is the second time I've seen Mintz-Plasse in a movie following Superbad and it would be fair to say that in this, just like Superbad he is the real star of the movie.
Overall I would have to say that despite my initial reservations about Role Models I did really enjoy it. It's not that it's the best film ever made or even the most original but it does what it needs to do in the right way. The story is amusing and keep's you laughing throughout, it is done at the right pace with a decent cast and simple direction. There are a lot of comedy movies that would be better had they kept it simple and Role Models does exactly that. If you like a good, simple comedy then you're going to enjoy this.
Role Models is a comedy film and is only suitable for the ages of 15 and over this is because it contains some strong language and sexual references. the film is about a man called Danny ( Paul Rudd) and another man called Wheeler ( Seann William Scott). They both work for the same company selling a energy drink called Minotaur the go into schools promoting the drink to school students. after danny gets dumped by his girlfriend Beth (Elizabeth Banks) he goes to a school and ends up destroying the companys truck and some school property which then results in both of them getting arrested. they have a chocie to spend time in jail or they have to do a hundred and fifty at ( sturdy wings) which is for troubled kids. danny is paired up with a dorky child named Augie ( Christopher Mintz-Plasse) whilst wheeler is paired up with a fouled mouth young boy named Ronnie ( Bobbe J.Thompson). this movie is a fantastic buy and will make you laugh.
Directed by David Wain ... Famed for other films such as The Ten but also a known as an actor whom also has a role in this film playing Chevron Blain ... It is not a big part so you will have to watch for out him
Starring... Paul Rudd , Sean William Scott , Jayne Lynch and Ken Jeong.
The film is pretty much a really good comedy about two men who are pretty much opposites when it comes to thinking about life, Wheeler ,played by Sean William Scott is the man who never grew up, a bit like a Peter Pan kind of guy who enjoys women drinking and partying , whilst Danny played by Paul Rudd is the long suffering friend who seems to not understand what he needs from life, what he wants or how to go about getting it.
Wheeler and Danny both work for a Energy drinks company that go around schools enforcing it to be "better than drugs" After feeling like his life is in a rut and is going nowhere Danny seems to get in to some sort of a fight with a tow truck driver , which puts them in big trouble and having to go before a judge, Danny's Girlfriend manages to get them community service instead of a jail sentence,
The community service they have to do involves them becoming Big Brothers to two young lads Wheeler gets the mouthy one whom seems to enjoy swearing a lot while Danny gets the Role playing geek.
Both children are a task , but do make both Wheeler and Danny grow up and understand what they want from life,
I am a fan of Sean William Scott and although I have seen films with Paul Rudd in before i did not think this partnership in the film would work , but i was surprised they seemed to "Click" , the film was a laugh a minute for me , a bit of school boy humour in the adult world and although I enjoyed the film I did find there was a lot of swearing , yes it may of been part of the characteristic for the the actor but you can gain many laughs without the swearing.
Although this film seems to appeal to anyone of any age I would advise that it is mainly for adults, the man in your life will be able to relate to it in many ways and women, you too will sort of gain an insight in to the way men think,
I really enjoyed the film (Despite the swearing) and found in some scenes a laughed so much i had the odd tear creep in my eye, it is a feel good film too with a bit of romance thrown in, but men should not be put of because it is not a kissy wissy film , it is more about how a child can have an impact on your life and the issues they can help you resolve, I guess its like having a problem but looking at it through a childs eyes while you are also trying to help them grow too.
Format: Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL
Subtitles: Icelandic, Dutch, Norwegian, Finnish, Hungarian, Danish, English, Swedish, Arabic
Region: Region 2
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Run Time: 95 minutes
Price , £4.00 from Amazon
Deal , Looking on Amazon they have a deal at the minute , where you can buy Role models and The Hangover both for £9.00 with free delivery.
**A laugh a minute film with lots of humour and swearing so not for the light hearted**
I absolutely LOVED this film! My brother had been hankering to watch it with me for months, and I'd always said no citing tiredness or hunger as an excuse. However, after getting into the first season of Glee solely due to the exceptional performance of Jane Lynch as Sue Sylvester, I was keen to watch anything else she was in. My brother assured me that she was excellent in this as well, despite being a minor character and he was right. She plays the owner and creator of a sickeningly soppy programme called 'Sturdy Wings' which pairs up children - 'littles', and adults - 'bigs' in a partnership of 'fun and trust'. She absolutely steals the show, in my opinion. The two main characters, played by Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott reluctantly take part in the programme to avoid jail time for driving their energy drink van into a fountain outside a school (it's a long story). They are assigned a foul mouthed five year old and a teenager who is obsessed with live action medieval role playing games. Needless to say, a hilarious trail of events unfolds (and trust me it is pretty funny) which culminates in a genius finale sequence in which the four of them dress up as Kiss (the band) and turn up at the annual medieval live-action tournament to regain their honour. It manages to combine the right amount of corny soppiness with a few sly twists and an original, and very funny story line. An amazing film.
I absolutely loved this film, from start to finish it had me in stitches. Its jam packed with my favourite actors so my opinion may be slightly bias but im sure most will agree when I say that this is a hilariously entertaining film.
** The Plot **
The film is about two friends, Wheeler and Danny, who get sentenced to community service after getting into a fight. They have to complete 150 hours of community service where they have to work in a big brother programme in a place called Sturdy Wings, run by reformed drug addict, Gayle Sweeny. The friends are unsure of their ability to complete the programme but the other option is prison. But can they handle these vulnerable children when they are irresponsible and juvenile themselves?
** The Cast **
Seann William Scott plays Wheeler
Paul Rudd plays Danny
Jane Lynch plays Gayle Sweeny
Bobb'e J Thompson plays Ronnie Shields
Christopher Mintz-Plasse plays Augie Farks
For a full list of cast you can visit www.imdb.com.
** My Opinion **
I think this film is hilarious, Seann William Scott plays his usual kind of character, jack-the-lad, sex obsessed idot, yet there are a few moments in this film when he shows a softer side, which is nice to see. The boy who plays Wheelers little brother, Bobb'e J Thompson is a great little actor, im sure his mother gave his mouth a good wash after his participation in this movie lol.
All the cast were extremely funny and had their own styles and the film in general had a really good flow to it.
The film is start studded with some great comical actors and actresses and this film gave me exactly what I wanted... a bundle of laughs.
Humour aside it had a few serious messages and when these are displayed it creates a few touching moments within the film.
Overall I would say this is an absolute must see film, especially if you enjoyed films such as 40 year old virgin, American pie etc.
== Role Models ==
== Introduction ==
I was at my mum and dads a couple of weeks ago and there was nothing on TV, so looking on Sky Anytime, we came across this film. I am a big fan of comedies, as is my mum, so we popped it on (despite the moaning from the men in the room!) and sat back with a glass of wine (well a glass of very weak wine and soda for me been 20 weeks pregnant and all!).
The film is a comedy (on the same lines of films like Superbad, Zack and Miri make a porno, even American Pie- without the rude parts!).
*Directed By: David Wain
*Release Date: 9 January 2009
*Starring: Paul Rudd (Mike in Friends!), Seann William Scott (American Pie), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad).
*Runtime: 101 minutes
== Plot ==
Danny and Wheeler are middle aged men working for an energy drink company Minotaur, when they get sentenced to 150 hours community service mentoring young children in the "Healing Hands" charity- like a big brother programme where children with problems or social issues, are given a "big brother" to help them come out of their selves.
This isn't exactly the best idea for these two men who aren't really "kid" people, especially the booze and girl loving Wheeler!
But regardless the ex drug, ex con Gayle Sweeny, the person who runs Healing Hands, puts them with two boys, Bobb'e and Christopher.
Christopher isn't exactly a "child", been a LARPER (Live Action Role Player) and aged around 15! And Bobb'e isn't exactly a normal 10 year old boy, his language matches that of Wheeler his "brother", and so they make the perfect match! But these kids are the hardest to match with brothers, and so they have a fight on their hands to get their 150 hours anytime soon!
But the events which are to come are sure to help, and definitely give a good laugh to the audience!
== My Opinion ==
My brother (who is 14) told me to watch this film as he had watched it the previous week and loved it, so I think this really sets the atmosphere of the film, a lot of swearing and sexual connotations.
For me although the jokes funny, and the acting brilliant (from both adults and children), it was a little unmemorable in that the actual plot line was a little lacking, and it was more about the things going on in the film at that time, not about "where will this film get to".
As I said, the acting is brilliant, if you know of any of the actors in this film, then you will know of their other films they have been in, Bobb'e is quite unknown (the youngest child), but his character is brilliant!!! I knew him for his part in the children's show That's So Raven on Disney Channel, where his character was completely different! The character of Christopher is hilariously geeky- but we also feel sorry for him when we find out his family are completely uninterested in his Role Playing and don't support anything he does. But despite this, he is a great character, and some of the things he comes out with had me and my mum rolling on the floor laughing. And the "role playing" which they do, is even funnier- and has got to be the best part of the whole film!!!
All in all, the film is a little non descript really, I would watch it again for a giggle, but only if it was on TV one night- I wouldn't bother buying the DVD.
I recommend this film to young men and women who don't mind a bit of smut. But I would say the main audience is definitely boys aged between 15 and 21 with a good sense of humour. Anybody who liked the films Superbad, Knocked Up etc, will love this film. If you prefer a comedy with a bit of a storyline, I would say go for the Adam Sandler films rather than this type of film.
I thought it was great, but unmemorable, and so for that I am giving the film 4 stars not 5. It is the kind of film I will forget I even watched in a few months. But definitely worth a watch if you're trying to kill an hour and a half or just want a good giggle with a film you don't have to pay much attention to!
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My husband bought this film and persuaded me to watch it the other night, although i'd not head of the film itself it did have a couple of charachters I recognised.
The file stars Seann William Scott as Wheeler and Paul Rudd as Danny.
Role models is a comedy, rated suitable for those over 15 years old. The film lasts about 1 hour 40 minutes.
Danny and Wheeler are salesmen for an American energy drink company, they travel round to different schools selling the benefits of the new drink. A job which Wheeler loves but Danny hates, and after a little relationship trouble they find themselves on the wrong side of the law.
Their punshment is either a 30 day jail sentence or 150 hours community service, the men sign up for the community service and are buddied up with two young boys to be like a mentor to them. The film sees Danny and Wheeler go on a bit of a journey with their mentees with some laughs along the way - but will they survive 150 hours or have to complete the jail sentence instead??
I'm not going to go into any more detail on the plot as I don't want to spoil it. I But I will say that having never heard of the film I still found it quite funny and managed to watch it all the way through so i'd definately recommend it for a Saturday night in film to watch with a group of mates or as a couple.
I read a review for this film on dooyoo some time ago now and decided it was something that I would quite like to watch. I added it to my online DVD rental basket and it arrived last week and I finally got round to watching it yesterday, despite watching it on DVD this is a film only review as I never bother with the extras.
The film begins by introducing us to Danny and Wheeler who both work for an energy drink company. They go around promoting the drink to kids in school and warning them away from drugs. Wheeler and Danny are best friends but they are quite different - Wheeler chases any woman possible and is a bit of a player, Danny on the other hand is a bit sour, hates his job and has just driven his long term girlfriend away much to his disappointment.
After a visit to a school, the pair get into a fight with a truck driver which results in utter mayhem. They are both very worried that they will go to jail but Beth (Danny's ex) tells them she may be able to spare them jail if they are willing to accept community service. The pair jump at the chance then aren't so keen when they realise they are going to be children's 'buddies'. Wheeler is given Ronnie who is obsessed with women's breasts (just like Wheeler!) and Danny is given Augie, a teenager who is obsessed with Dungeons and Dragons.
From the overview of this film and the trailers I thought I was going to really enjoy this film. I enjoyed the first hour of the film but after this I found that the film was really dragging and getting quite boring. I think they could have shortened the film by 10 or 20 minutes and produced a much better film.
I liked the 4 main characters in their own ways, both Wheeler and Ronnie were very funny and provided a lot of light hearted entertainment whilst Danny and Augie seemed both to be quite troubled and really began to lean on one another and develop a friendship that was dependent upon one another.
The acting in the film was good and both Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott were up to their usual high standard which I enjoyed. Bobb'e J Thompson who played Ronnie and Christopher Mintz-Plasse who played Augie were also very good and dealt well with a number of different situations throughout the film.
The film was quite funny but also quite crude at times. Usually I don't mind a bit of crudeness but this was a bit overbearing and I think it made it even worse that a lot of this humour was coming from Ronnie who was only 10 years old! This in my opinion made it not so funny.
The plot in the film was ok, it was a good idea and it sounded good on paper but it just didn't live up to my expectations. As I said before I liked the first hour of the film and believed it was going to be a good film that I was going to enjoy but then the plot just seemed to lack something and in my opinion got quite boring. The ending was ok but nothing special, it was quite predictable.
All in all the film was ok but nothing special. I wouldn't buy the DVD and would recommend anyone who is interested either to rent the DVD or wait for it to be shown on DVD.
The film was released in 2009.
It was directed by David Wain.
It had 3 nominations.
It starred Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb'e J Thompson, Elizabeth Banks and Jane Lynch.
It lasted 101 minutes.
It is rated a 15 in the UK.
Role Models is primarily about the two men Wheeler (Sean William Scott) and Danny (Paul Rudd) The both work for a company that promote/make minatour energy drinks. Their job is to go to schools and try and promote this to the children and to teach them about how bad drugs are.
After an accident involving their truck the two both face prison or community service. The both get 150 hours community service at 'Sturdy Wings' Where children who need extra help recieve adult buddies. Danny and Wheeler are to be one of these buddies to help the children with their guidance.
Danny gets paired up with Augie (Christopher Mintz-plasse) Augie is a geek who is obsessed with the real life role playing game LAIRE. LAIRE is a medieval role playing game in which there are quite a few serious players including many adults.
Wheeler gets paired up with Ronnie (Bobb'e J Thompson) Ronnie is a only child who takes taken care of by his single mother. He has lost his way a little bit, he swears alot and it obsessed with boobs.
At the beginning they don't get along with each other until they start bonding and realise that they have more in common with each other than you think. They realise that its not just them anymore and that they have annother responsibility in their lives. They realise that they have alot to learn from the kids and they also have alot to give them back in return.
I liked this movie but i didn't think it was amazing, I first watched this movie with my boyfriend who loved it. I loved Ronnie as a character he just added alot of humour and action to the film.
I was interesting in watching this movie because i had seen Christopher Mintz-Plasse in superbad (McLovin) and really enjoyed his performance but i didn't so much in this film. I'm not sure whether it was because of the whole Role playing game stuff, even though i did find those parts funny.
I loved the relationship between the characters Wheeler and Danny. Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott did a really good job in this film and it didn't feel fake or too strained with each other. They kept my attention all the way through the film
When Wheeler (Sean William Scott) and Danny (Paul Rudd) face prison or community service, the latter seems the easiest option. Assigned to be an adult buddy in a service that helps children who need social guidance (go figure!), they soon find that the kids have a lot to teach them, despite their weird or rude habits.
This film was never intended to be serious. The trailer looked absolutely stupid, and I was curious to see whether this would be a hit or a miss. Stupid comedy often works with me, and I was happy to watch the entirety of this film, enjoying it and laughing out loud. Rudd and Scott have great timing, and they are banded together with a couple of hilarious actors as the kids they are supposed to be role models to.
Christopher Mintz-Plasse (he of McLovin fame from Superbad) plays Augie, a teenager who is obsessed with real life role-playing games. Danny is assigned as his role model and the two struggle to strike up some form of relationship. Conversely, the inability of Wheeler's kid Bobb'e J (Ronnie Shields) to be polite leads to hilarious interaction with Wheeler, and they seem to fit quite well. There is a trend with Scott's characters that they seem to like the wacky, weird and off the beaten track events, and Wheeler is no different. He shows a humane side that the actor is often accused of showing in a sarcastic light. The same happens here, but the way he does it is so funny.
Rudd and Scott are two of the better actors at this. I highly admire Seth Rogen and Will Ferrell, as well as the other actors in this little group of stupid frat pack comedy, but these two for me are the best, able to deliver serious and believable in a hilarious way. Their characters' lack of regard for political correctness is matched only by the attitudes of certain others, and the way they try to interact with their assigned kids in this sense is brilliant.
The plot has some kind of importance, particularly with Augie's role playing. He is part of a huge company that organises events where they all dress up in medieval gear and battle, with rules needing to be followed and imagination a necessity. When a new team is needed, they use Wheeler's love of heavy rock to get creative - the results are hilarious. I won't spoil it for you, I'll just say that Rudd and Scott look great in wigs and makeup!
I suppose if you were to look for them then the film does have its morals. The kids do show the adults (in very very loose terms) how they should be behaving, and the idea of doing the right thing and sticking by your friends when you have promised them something is handled equally loosely but with great aplomb. The straight faces towards the end as they all stick up for each other and attempt to make things right and save face are comical, but you do get the feeling that it's all done in the name of making it not just a screwball comedy. The comedy rules here, but the plot and script do allow for interest levels that don't just rely on laughter to see you through.
Role Models is a very funny film, and one I happily recommend watching. The DVD is currently available from amazon.co.uk for £4.99, which is a good price for it. It's been out a while now, but if you get a chance to watch it, as I did the other night, then I highly recommend you do so. It's not perfect, but it's one I'm glad I watched, and would probably watch again.
The cast and story...
A Pair of energy drink salesmen, in their 30's, crash their company truck after trying to free it from a tow-truck. This results in the men getting arrested and as punishment leaves them with two choices to pick from, do jail time and lose their jobs or spend 150 hours community service at 'Sturdy Wings'.
Sturdy Wings is run by 'Gayle Sweeney' and provides children with the opportunity to be paired with an adult role model. Of course the men 'Wheeler' and 'Danny' choose the community service but later sees them questioning whether jail time might have been an easier choice!
'Wheeler' played by Seann William Scott loves his job and has the more laid back personality of the two salesmen. He seems quite content with his life, living to party and chase anything with a skirt. Through the Sturdy Wings program he becomes big brother to Ronnie.
'Ronnie' played by a young Bobb'e J. Thompson, is the only child to his single mum. With not much in common with Wheeler other than their admiration of 'boobs' they don't get off to a good start. Ronnie has drove away all the big brothers he's had with his foul-mouthed, trouble making attitude. He seems to have lost his way. After a few days Ronnie and Wheeler begin bonding, Ronnie takes an interest in Wheelers favourite band 'Kiss' and Wheeler begins teaching him the way of the world from a mans point of view...including more information on boobs!
'Danny' played by Paul Rudd hates his job, his life and is pretty much pessimistic about everything. This pushes the best thing he has away, his attorney girlfriend 'Beth', played by Elizabeth Banks.
Through the Sturdy Wings program he becomes big brother to Augie.
'Augie' played by Christopher mintz-Plasse (Superbad 2007) is a nerdy teenager obsessed with medieval live action role playing games. He's part of their society 'LAIRE'. His parents are constantly on his back telling him to be a 'normal' child. It's not until his friendship with Danny progresses that he feels anyone other than the other members of 'LAIRE' understand him.
'Gayle Sweeney' is played by the hilarious Jane Lynch (Glee). A former cocaine addict, she is the head of 'Sturdy Wings' and immediately hates Wheeler and Danny. Throughout the movie she constantly brings up references to her past life as an addict and that she now takes no B.S (bullshit). This creates funny scenes and you find yourself not getting enough.
It may be a predictable film, but it is full of laughs and Seann William Scott once again provides hilarious viewing. The ballsy script lets harsh words be spoken to children but even harsher words spoke to the adults by the children! A good comedy to watch and I'd definitely recommend it.
Directed by- David Wein
Produced by- Luke Greenfield
Written by- David Wein
W. Blake Herron
I have to say that when I was told about this film, I really wasn't sure if it would be my cup of tea. Don't get me wrong, I really like Sean William Scott and Paul Rudd, but the whole idea of its story and humour just didn't look appealing.
I'm not really that bid a fan of movies that involve children swearing, being disgusting and acting like delinquents. That sort of behaviour works in dramas portraying the break down of society, but in a comedy, sometimes it feels like that terrible behaviour (which exists badly in our society today) is used just to give us cheap laughs, and makes the younger audience see it as acceptable behaviour in the real world. But I can't deny it; I couldn't help but laugh and enjoy this movie.
The story revolves around Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott as 2 friends that work together selling energy drinks and explaining to kids the wrongs of doing drugs. After Paul Rudd goes through a sort of mid-life crisis about how his life is crap, and he's going nowhere, he ends up being dumped by his girlfriend and getting himself and William Scott into trouble with the law (a funny scene involving a car will a bull on it and a statue of a hoarse, use your imagination!).
Their choice after this is to either go to jail for a month or to join a programme where they spend time with a child each and basically become the children's role models. As you can imagine, neither of them are partnered with a normal child.
Paul Rudd partners with a boy that doesn't really live in the real world and is besotted with a made up world of fantasy, where like minded individuals get together and play out pretend battles in the park (many of these people are very, very funny to watch).
Sean William Scott partners with a small black child that swears with every other word, is very perverted with reference to the woman body and is allowed to do basically anything he wants.
What we get is various humorous scenes involving both pairs, that even though I felt went a little bit over the top and had a little bit too much bad language coming from a child, actually were very funny!
The story does even try to turn itself from a right out comedy, into something more meaningful about developing relationships and learning to be a better person.
Don't get me wrong though, this is an out right comedy and keeps that tone even in the most sentimental and emotional of scenes.
I did laugh a lot throughout this film and found that the time passed by very quickly. There are many plot holes and a lot of what they do and say does not add up, especially how quickly the time line passes by, but if you look past this and focus on the humour then none of that matters.
Would I recommend this? Yes I would! Even though some of the humour does cross the line, you would expect this just from knowing who is in the film.
You can pick this film up now for about £5 and it does have some entertaining special features.
Bloopers (very funny)
A couple of features on set.
Total running time is 97 minutes.
This was a surprisingly funny film, and aside from that, the two main actors are also quite sexy (or is that just me?!), which meant double the entertainment!
The film opens with two men Danny (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Seann William Scott) giving a presentation on Minotaur energy drink to a group of school children. It turns out that this is their full-time job and while Wheeler is quite content to do this, Danny wonders where his life has gone, to be selling a drink that makes you 'piss like Shrek' at the age of 35.
He then proposes to his girlfriend, who instead of agreeing, tells him that she's going to move out. Upset by how badly his day is going, he drinks too much Minotaur, messes up a school presentation and then destroys the company car. As a result, the two of them are ordered to serve 150 hours of community service or be sent to jail. This is how they end up volunteering with a charity where children or adolescents are set up with adults who spend time with them and act as their role models.
Danny is paired with a rather strange teenager, Augie (played by Christopher Mintz-Plasser) who is heavily into his role-play club and drags Danny along to the sessions with him. Wheeler is paired with a foul-mouthed boy named Ronnie (Bobb'e J Thomas) who no other volunteer has been able to handle for more than a day.
The film certainly got its comedy mileage out of the role-play club, and it is unfortunately all too realistic (I should know- the computer scientists I lived with at university loved it, and would give me in-depth descriptions of what had happened at each gathering).
Rudd, William-Scott and Mintz-Plasser were excellent in their roles, and there were some brilliant supporting performances too, in the form of Ken Jeong in particular (King Argatron).
Most of the time it's funny in quite a dry way, rather than being vulgar and / or slapstick, though it does cross the line once or twice. However, aside from being very witty and entertaining, it also contains some highly likeable characters I felt I could relate to, and for whom I actually felt sympathy. I found myself willing the film to reach a happy conclusion all the way through, and of course this is largely down to some great acting, but also to a decent script- Chapeau to Paul Rudd, who co-wrote it along with David Wain.
At 99 minutes, this is a good length film, and one that doesn't drag on for longer than is necessary, as many films seem to these days.
If it's an entertaining comedy you're looking for, you can't go far wrong with this one.