Role Models

Theatrical Release: November 7, 2008
Role Models


Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott star in “Role Models” as Danny and Wheeler, two salesmen who trash a company truck on an energy drink-fueled bender. Upon their arrest, the court gives them a choice: do hard time or spend 150 service hours with a mentor-ship program. After one day with the kids, however, jail doesn’t look half bad.

Surrounded by annoying do-gooders, Danny struggles with his every neurotic impulse to guide Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) through the trials of becoming a man. Unfortunately, the guy just dumped by his girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks) has only sarcasm to offer a bashful 16-year-old obsessed with medieval role play.

Meanwhile, charming Wheeler tries to trade in an addiction to partying and women to assist a fifth-grader named Ronnie (Bobb’e J. Thompson) redirect his foul-mouthed ways. It would probably help if Ronnie’s new mentor wasn’t an overgrown adolescent whose idea of quality time includes keggers in Venice Beach.

Once the center’s ex-con director (Jane Lynch) gives them an ultimatum, Danny and Wheeler are forced to tailor their brand of immature wisdom to their charges. And if they can just make it through probation without getting thrown in jail, the world’s worst role models will prove that, sometimes, it takes a village idiot to raise a child.

Dove Review

Two guys that do not know a lot about kids are ordered to be mentors. Not only are these guys not the usual type for this role but they get two kids that are not the “normal” either. As they all try to get through this situation they find a few surprises about themselves.

The concept of this movie is about being a mentor to a young child which is a good idea and in the end there is some redeeming qualities. But the problem is that it portrays a lot of disrespect for adults, authority, children, relationships and the use of offensive language is seen as okay. Although the ads make this look good to kids and it does have its laugh-out-loud moments, the sexual innuendos and language puts it over the top. This movie cannot receive our Dove Seal as a family-friendly movie.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Obscene gestures pertaining to having sex; discussion regarding causal sex; assumed sex between unmarried couple; couple kissing; discussion regarding rape in prison.
Language: F-31; S-35; A-18; H-7; D-3; GD-4; G/OMG- 8; J/JC-4; 36 slang words used to describe male and female genitals and body parts; word used for Prostitute-2
Violence: Truck accident; fantasy sword fights and death; two men fight; footage of man stabbed in prison and thrown over rail; man hit in private area.
Drugs: Many comments about drug use; alcohol use; over-use of energy drinks
Nudity: Rear nudity of a man; bare chest of a woman shown twice; cleavage; discussion about "boobies" with a 10 year old boy.
Other: Disrespect issues; characters steal a truck and TV set; discussion about not having a dad; men seen in bathroom urinating.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Paul Rudd and David Wain
Director: David Wain
Producer: Luke Greenfield
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 99 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe