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Role Models (2008)

R | | Comedy | 7 November 2008 (USA)
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Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program.

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David Wain

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Timothy Dowling (story), W. Blake Herron (story) (as William Blake Herron) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Seann William Scott ... Wheeler
Paul Rudd ... Danny
Christopher Mintz-Plasse ... Augie
Bobb'e J. Thompson ... Ronnie
Elizabeth Banks ... Beth
Jane Lynch ... Sweeny
Ken Jeong ... King Argotron
Ken Marino ... Jim Stansel
Kerri Kenney ... Lynette (as Kerri Kenney-Silver)
A.D. Miles ... Martin
Joe Lo Truglio ... Kuzzik
Matt Walsh ... Davith of Glencracken
Nicole Randall Johnson ... Karen
Alexandra Stamler ... Esplen (as Allie Stamler)
Carly Craig ... Connie
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Storyline

Danny and Wheeler, well into their 30s, lack something: Danny feels stuck; he's sour and has driven away his terrific girlfriend. Wheeler chases any skirt he sees for empty sex. When they get in a fight with a tow-truck driver, they choose community service over jail and are assigned to be big brothers - Danny to Augie, a geek who loves to LARP (Live Action Role Play), and Wheeler to Ronnie, a pint-size foul-mouthed kid. After a rocky start, things start to go well until both Danny and Wheeler make big mistakes. Can the two men figure out how to change enough to be role models to the boys? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

I am not a ROLE MODEL. See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Brothers See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,167,085, 9 November 2008

Gross USA:

$67,294,270

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,380,927
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| (unrated)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

King Argotron's shield is the Matheson Clan shield. See more »

Goofs

When Wheeler and Danny are driving in the Minotaur truck the windows are rolled down, then rolled up, and finally rolled down when Danny exits the truck to talk to Beth. See more »

Quotes

Ronnie Shields: You're my PIC, Wheeler.
Wheeler: What's a PIC?
Ronnie Shields: Partner in crime. You're my PIC. Just don't cock-block me tonight.
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Crazy Credits

Halfway through the end credits, we cut back to Gayle Sweeny repeating her suggestive use of a hot-dog toward Jim Stansel (continuously pushes the end out of its bun while he sticks it back in). See more »

Alternate Versions

Unrated Version Includes 8 cuts and 2 using alternative footage, total difference is 2:12 min. See more »

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More a sophisticated comedy than buffoonery
28 September 2010 | by btm1See all my reviews

The capsule summary of "Role Models" on Xfinity TV is, "Forced to join a mentorship program, two irresponsible men (Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd) must help a pair of impressionable boys navigate the troubled waters of youth." That description sounds like a smarmy physical comedy derivative with cheap scatological bits. Except that Xfinity gave it a rating of 3 out of 4 stars, so I decided to take a look at it.

To my pleasure, the film turned out to be a much more sophisticated movie. The two men, who are allowed to do community service instead of jail, are assigned to a big brother type program. The more intellectual of the two men, Danny, who is disillusioned with the world, is assigned to an immature teen who doesn't fit in with his peers; instead he devotes himself to participation in an on-going Dungeons and Dragons type reenactment played by a mixed group of adults and children who and his job. Wheeler, a care-free womanizer, is assigned a tough young foul-mouthed kid with whom no previous volunteer had lasted more than one day. The story shows the changes the interactions of the two "Littles" and their "Bigs"have on each other. There are a number of cheap double entendre sexual references, but they don't diminish the film too much.


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