Movie Review Rewind: Role Models (2008)
There have been quite a few really good comedies to come out this year. The ones that come to mind are Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Role Models is not as good as any of those I have just named. It has funny parts and crude lines that people will not forget for awhile. But, the movie will not be remembered by this time next year. Make that this coming Summer.
I like Paul Rudd. He has scene-stealing characters in 40 Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up. I have become a big fan of his, and Sean William Scott is good in this, too. He doesn’t stretch his character too far and comes off a little like Stifler from the American Pie movies, but he and Rudd do have chemistry. However, its not enough to make this comedy seem fresh and full of comedic ideas.
The two kids, including McLovin, have funny parts, but they soon become annoying. What is funny at first becomes tiring throughout the movie. They offer nothing new and keep redoing the same thing. That goes for Scott, Rudd, and the kids. The movie is rated R so they can get away with quite a bit stuff, but the director doesn’t use it to its full potential. You cut out some curse words and you can easily have a PG-13 comedy. Well, cut out the nudity as well.
McLovin’s character loves fantasy, play acting war. Well, in the movie all of these people get together to have a staged fight. Just like the movie itself, it’s funny but then the last fight goes on forever. You just want it to end already. The movie has its comedic moments, but what I remember more vividly is the disappointment I felt after the movie was over.
“Nature Boy” Brandon Vick is the resident film critic of the SoBros Network, and star of Brandon’s Box Office In Your Mouth. Follow him on Twitter@SirBrandonV and be sure to search #VicksFlicks for all of his latest movie reviews.
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