Role Models (2008) - Unrated [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Universal || Unrated - 102 minutes - $39.98 || March 10, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-03-11


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: David Wain
Writer(s): Timothy Dowling and William Blake Herron (story), Paul Rudd & David Wain & Ken Marino and Timothy Dowling (screenplay)
Cast:


Theatrical Release Date: November 7, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • U-Control
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Blooper Reel
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Danny (Rudd) and Wheeler (Scott) both work for the energy drink company Minotaur where they drive around every day and speak to schools about staying off of drugs all while trying to plug their product (an apparent rip-off of Red Bull). While Wheeler enjoys his job of dressing up in a Minotaur costume, Danny, after working with the company for 10 years, starts to hate it.

After a failed marriage proposal to his girlfriend (Banks), Danny goes off the deep end and starts cussing off children and driving their company vehicle up a statue. The two are arrested and given two options: either go to jail for 30 days or perform 150 hours mentoring a child. They chose child mentoring.

Danny gets paired up with Augie (Mintz-Plasse), who clearly has something wrong with him as he is much older than the other children and wears a cape. Wheelers gets paired up with a young child who can't keep a mentor for longer than a day due to his non-stop cussing and physical abuse. Eventually both adults start to form a unique bond with their child and begin to see a different side of themselves.

I absolutely loved this film. Right from the start with the silly Minotaur truck breathing smoke you knew this film was going to be a laugh riot. Rudd, who has typically been the 'other' guy in comedy films (40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up) really comes into his own here and proves he can carry a movie as the leading man. Perfect comedic timing. Scott is no stranger to comedy either since he was the star of all three American Pie films, Mr. Woodcock and Dude Wheres My Car? and clearly knows what he is doing. At times I did find his character to not only be a bit annoying but stupid as well (leaving the keys in his truck with the snotty child).

Everyone was saying how great Kung Fu Panda and Step Brothers were in the past few months, but it seems they all either excluded Role Models or forgot it existed. This is easily one of the best comedies to come along since Forgetting Sarah Marshall and once again reunites several 'Apatow Universe' characters.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are Presented in HD.

Commentary with Director/Co-Writer David Wain

U-Control ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

-Picture in Picture

This runs through almost the entire film and provides interviews with Cast & Crew as well as some behind the scenes stuff.

Deleted & Alternate Scenes (50 Minutes) - Almost an hour worth of Deleted and Alternate scenes and while some fall flat on their face others are real comedic gems. (Half of these are ** Blu-ray Exclusive **)

On the Set of Role Models (8 Minutes) - Very generic 'making of' that is skip able.

Creating a Role Playing World (10 Minutes) - With a good chunk of the film dealing with "L.A.I.R.E." this feature is a great watch as it goes into some of the costumes and more elaborate scenes.

In Character and Off-Script (8 Minutes) - This feels more like some Deleted/Alternate scenes as it has some of the cast just cracking jokes and having fun.

Ye Old Crest Maker (Profile 1.1) ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Now we get to move on to useless features... and with this one we get to make our own crest. What a waste of time BD-Live (at the time of review these are not yet active) ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

- My Scenes Sharing
- Ye Old Crest Sharing (Oh boy!!!)
- Inside Sturdy Wings Featurette

Rounding out the disc is a short Blooper Reel (4 Minutes).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Role Models is presented in 1.85:1 (VC1) on a 50GB Disc. As Tyler mentioned in his review, this is a really puzzling transfer. With a thin layer of grain, the film looks great for the most part - but certain scenes appear incredible soft and out of focus. I had thought it was because they were additional scenes added in for the 'Unrated' version, but some of these were quick 2-3 second cuts. While I don't think they were distracting, I did notice them several times.

Universal has included an English 5.1 DTS MA Track for this release. Since the film is a comedy and heavily driven by dialog I'm pretty happy with what I heard. Dialog was consistent the whole way through and the scenes involving the L.A.I.R.E. were pretty epic. Rears remained active throughout most of the film.



.::OVERALL::.

Role Models is one of funniest films to arrive on Blu-ray in quite some time and any fan of the Apatow flicks will feel right at home. With hours of special features and standard picture and audio quality, I highly recommend picking this film up.