Role Models (2008) - Unrated

Genre(s): Comedy
Universal || Unrated - 102 minutes - $29.98 || March 10, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-03-03


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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

.:: 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
  • Deleted/Alternate Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • 2 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French

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.::THE FILM::.

Iíve been sleeping like crap lately. No idea why, it could be the fact that my phone is still going off at all times of the day or the fact that my cat slept on my neck a few nights ago and nearly suffocated me. Itís a long story, but Iím not sure how to accurately put it. So, moving on, Role Models is a phenomenal comedy that needs to be enjoyed by all. Except my cat.

Danny (Rudd) and Wheeler (Scott) work for an energy drink company known as Minotaur, and while Wheeler loves his job Danny has grown to think that his life has been going nowhere. Upon coming home to the office after a day of telling kids not to do drugs and drink Minotaur instead, he has a surprise party planned for him by his girlfriend Beth (Elizabeth Banks). But Danny hates the idea, and basically acts like a child the entire time.

The next day Wheeler and Danny are driving this huge truck with a Minotaur style body and flames that shoot out on the top of it and Danny wants to be spontaneous. He decides to make a quick detour before going to work and ask Beth to marry him. Much to his chagrin, Beth says no and that sheís leaving him. Heartbroken, Danny goes back to the truck with Wheeler and they head off to a school.

In an incredibly hilarious scene, Danny encourages the kids to do drugs, saying they are fun and well worth the time. Making a fool of himself, and Wheeler who has to dress up as the Minotaur is left to cover for him, storm off stage and find their car being towed. Danny canít catch a break today, and pushes down the cop and tries to drive the truck away while itís being towed. Instead the truck breaks free but gets stuck up on the schools horse to make it look like the Minotaur is mounting the horse statue. Itís the little jokes like this that continue throughout the movie every minute that make this hilarious.

The two are forced to do 150 hours of community service as punishment for a company known as Sturdy Wings, led by Gayle (Jane Lynch). Itís similar to a Big Brother program, but Gayle is a bit psycho and thinks Wheeler and Danny are there to jerk her around and donít care about the program. Both are given children to mentor, Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) is Dannyís big, and Ronnie (Bobbíe J. Thompson) is sadly given to Wheeler to handle. Can Wheeler and Danny cope with these kids, or will they give up at the first chance their 150 hours are over? Can Danny win back Beth? Will Wheeler sleep with a bunch of females in the movie?

The best part about this film is the script. From the first thirty seconds of the movie you just know that itís going to be a riot. The jokes come at you non-stop for the entire flick, and the entire cast is great in all their roles. The DVD contains both the unrated and theatrical cuts, and having seen both of them, the unrated cut adds a few scenes and a joke here and there that make it worthwhile. This is one of the best comedies from the previous year, and deserves a watch based on the jokes alone.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Director David Wain: Wain discusses the script, cast, and everything else in-between on this commentary. Heís fairly insightful throughout, but there is a bit of dead air through parts of it. Still, itís a decent commentary that is worth a listen.

Deleted Scenes and Alternate Takes (24 minutes): These are hilarious, so be sure to watch them all. A few are a little long, but the rest are great.

Bloopers (4 minutes): Another well-done extra that is once again worth watching. These are just as funny as the movie itself.

On the set of Role Models (8 minutes): The cast and crew discuss the film and how it came to be. Itís decent, but not as good as the other special features.

Creating a Role-playing World (10 minutes): A look at the role-playing scene and what went on to make it. Itís pretty entertaining, so watch it when you get some free time.

In Character & Off-Script (8 minutes): This comprises of three different character interviews from the film. A pretty funny extra that is put together fairly well so be sure to look at it.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a recent release, the video on this one is rather puzzling. The outdoor shots for the most part look phenomenal, but the camping scene in the middle of the film looks awful. The characters appear outlined in a giant white line in a few scenes, and colors are overblown as well. Contrast is somewhat okay as well, although there are multiple scenes where it is appears too dark compared to the rest of the movie. Itís a decent transfer, but not one Iíd expect from a recent film.

The audio side is also questionable, as the Dolby Digital 5.1 track is low and surround use is rare. I donít think they were ever used more than a handful of times throughout, which normally isnít bad for a comedy but the levels were so inconsistent that it became an issue. Dialogue is low and doesnít hold its own for most of the film, as levels were either too high or low as the movie progressed. Itís not a terrible track for a comedy movie, but it could have been improved.



.::OVERALL::.

Role Models is the film to bring Scott and Rudd into their own world. Gone are the days when they were merely supporting actors in movies with a few memorable lines. Theyíre capable of holding their own now, and this is an amazing flick. Itís hilarious on all levels, and the unrated cut adds a few more moments of laughter along with an equally funny supplements package. The audio and video are a tad weak though, but that shouldnít be much of an issue. This is well-worth a purchase, as these are role models for future comedy films.