Sunday, February 1, 2009

Role Models - Movie Review

Role Models

Thomas C. Johnson

This is my last review of the year. I will be traveling to England next semester to study, and while I may turn up from time to time to share some thoughts with you, someone else will be telling you what to think about the movies that come to The Globe.

Role Models was everything you can expect from a movie by Seann William Scott, whom you probably know as Stifler from the American Pie films. Lots of sex and some good humor. Wheeler (Scott) and Danny Donahue (Paul Rudd) work for an energy drink company. Wheeler is a party animal and loves his job as the dancing, costumed mascot for Minotaur Energy Drinks. Danny, though, sees the job as “Selling poison to kids,” and is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. When Danny 'snaps' and runs the company truck into school property, he and Wheeler are sentenced to community service.

Their hours are to be worked off as big-brother figures in a mentoring program. Here the story moves beyond the party/sex comedy Wheeler plays out with his kid Ronnie (Bobb'e J. Thompson), as Danny and Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) form a meaningful relationship, each helping the other cope with the difficulties of life. Danny learns to find meaning in supporting Augie in his strange obsession: Augie has redefined himself within a culture of Live Action Role Players, something like D&D-meets-Medieval-Times.

Despite the vulgarity and unnecessary nudity, seeing Role Models was an overall positive experience. Though it might be awkward to see with your parents, and I wouldn't bring any young siblings to it, it'd probably make a good night out with friends.

Thanks for reading my reviews! Have a great Christmas and a great next semester!

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