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Updated! Paul Rudd And Seann William Scott Touch (The Lives Of) Children In A Trailer For ROLE MODELS!

Beaks here...

Universal has informed me that ROLE MODELS is an R-rated comedy. I also received a very positive test screening review, but it was a little too light on detail for my liking. If I get something more substantial, I'll gladly run it. Sounds like the movie is coming together.

I don't know why ROLE MODELS had to be rewritten as a PG-13 (when I read it a year ago, as BIG BROTHERS, it was gunning for a hard-R), but anything directed by THE STATE alum David Wain is owed the benefit of the doubt. It also helps that Wain had a hand in reshaping the material (Rudd and Ken Marino also have writing credits at the moment), so maybe the material got a little smarter as it got stripped of f-bombs, nudity and rampant substance abuse. Comedy doesn't have to be dirty to be funny. Read your Cheever. While the just-debuted trailer for ROLE MODELS (hosted by our pals at MTV Movies) is extremely cookie-cutter, there are some laughs here and there (took me a while to realize that "Ronnie" was one of "The Blacks" on the last season of CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM). Give it watch...

I know ROLE MODELS tested last week in L.A., but we received nary a review. Guess no news means Wain's made EL CID.

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  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:42 p.m. CST


    by VictorVonDoom

    Two firsts in one day, is there none to oppose DOOM?

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:43 p.m. CST

    The two creepiest kids in a movie together

    by terry1978

    We'll see how it pans out.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 1:49 p.m. CST

    What the fuck is a Cheever

    by The Dum Guy


  • Aug. 6, 2008, 2:01 p.m. CST

    hey cool

    by Merkin Muffley

    I got to see the whole movie in two minutes. Thanks for saving me the $10, Universal.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 2:04 p.m. CST

    "The funniest movie since Mr. Woodcock"

    by The Dum Guy

    Starring the lead actors from Southland Tales and Halloween 5.....

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 2:09 p.m. CST

    Behold! I am the movie nostradamus!

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    This morning I found myself wondering "What ever happened to Seann William Scott...."

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    Disaster Movie is going to be GREAT!

    by IAmMrMonkey!

    I believe your hype grueman!<p>I believe your hype!

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 2:34 p.m. CST

    The 10 was a piece of shit

    by BauerJackBauer

    David Wain is overrated.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 2:35 p.m. CST

    OK, gruman and Mr. Monkey....

    by The Eskimo guys need to take your little viral marketing campaign somewhere else. You're not fooling anybody.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 2:43 p.m. CST

    Reindeer Games reference...

    by BitterMan23

    ...makes it worth a ticket price i guess.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 2:44 p.m. CST

    I think we should all each give them $10.........

    by Dick Bahls

    ......and ask them to please not release this formualic piece of typical hollywood crap. And to the plants here checking & posting: your parents should have been neutered or at least jailed for raising bullshitting salespeople who don't & can't do anything for society except shill for bad studios, scripts & "actors". F-off & die a slow death.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Cheever's funny?

    by Senator Tankerbell


  • Aug. 6, 2008, 2:52 p.m. CST

    Rudd is funny in everything

    by jimmy_009

    But I agree this looks overly predictable. Still I'll rent it for Rudd.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 3 p.m. CST

    I'm going to watch this

    by Giario

    Just thought I'd let you all know that. Get well soon Bernie Mac.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Looks horrible.

    by HoboCode

    Where's DGDB when you need him?

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Cheever can be funny...he is also occasionally very dirty.

    by fiester

    So maybe Beeks needs to reread his Cheever.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 3:15 p.m. CST

    Looked alright to me.

    by beastie

    Definately worth a rent.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 3:38 p.m. CST

    David Wain + Paul Rudd = guaranteed comedy gold

    by JoeSixPack

    It cannot fail

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 3:41 p.m. CST

    This looks to be along the same lines of

    by skimn

    the movie Scott made with John C Reilly that made such an impression I've completely forgotten the name of it.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Looks fucking hilarious

    by ReZourceman

    Just happens to contain one of my favourite actors (Rudd) and also Banks actually, but I think it looks hilarious. "I don't wanna take my pants off" The last taboo.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 4:02 p.m. CST

    "Rudd is funny in everything"

    by skimn

    Yes, I also love Rudd, but you would need to tie me down with a gun pointed at my balls to watch Over Her Dead Body...everyone forget that one?

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 5:04 p.m. CST

    It's the kid from Human Giant!

    by popecorky

    I'll see it just because of him, he was fucking hilarious on that show.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 5:26 p.m. CST


    by comedian_x

    LARPing, in a film no less. The filmmakers will mock it to be sure with little reverence for the HP lost in the name protecting the Hinterlands from Orcs.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Disaster Movie < Dark Knight

    by worldofwarcraft

    But Disaster Movie > Role Models.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 7:35 p.m. CST

    Looks Pretty Good

    by MMacKK

    I'm a Rudd fan. And this strikes me as a very Apatow-induced production.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 7:52 p.m. CST

    stella boys

    by MC-909

    First "The Ten" sucked...then Michael Ian Black goes and writes Run Fatboy Run (another PG-13er)...Showalter's stand-up album "Cats and Sandwiches" is a little on the shitty side. The three of them need to cut this shit out and reform like Voltron and bring back Stella. Or a Stella movie. Enough of this crap; leave the PG-13 bullshit to Tom Lennon and Ben Garant. <p> M.I. Black's comedy album "I am a Man" was killer though.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 7:56 p.m. CST

    role models

    by Bardy Party

    I saw this movie in LA last week and i have to say its funny as fuck...this movie is definately a hard R, with tons of f-bombs, tits and tons of fucking laughs from the whole cast. great flick.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 8 p.m. CST

    Role Models? Confused this with...

    by worldofwarcraft

    Roll Models. You know, the one with Gabrielle Union as the host of a modelling reality show, Americas Next Girl in a Chili's Commercial, who kicks off one girl, played by Vanessa Hudgens, for being too ghetto. "I'll be a big star one day, you'll see. I don't need y'all! Blah, blah.". Flash forward one year, Hudgens is on a street corner slinging crackto pay for her baby and shit. "This is my block now!". Pop, Pop, Pop from Chris Brown, and she's in ICU, where they save her life, but she's paralyzed from the waist down. With no will to live she contempates suicide, until she gets a visit from her gay friend, played by Perez Hilton, who tells her he's so fed up with trying to break into the fashion industry, hes just gonna get a job blogging or something (nod to the hip audience). She tells him to " never give up on your dreams", then he says"you should talk". Then he goes to storm out, but drops something out of his pocket. "what's this?" Hudgens asks? It's aflyer for the big Fall Fashion Showdown at FIT, Hiltons school. "I was gonna enter, but all my student models backed out. All the models wanna work for the bitch from the model reality show. She's debuting her own line into the competion.". Close up of Hudgens as she says "Lets win this shit.". And with the help of America Ferrara (the too-fat-to-model one), Leighton Meester (the ugly-before-makeover one), and Mischa Barton (the wise-mentor one), they win the whole thing in a montage of wheelchair catwalking with "Hi Hater" looping in the background.

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    LA screening tickets said it was R rated

    by s0nicdeathmonkey

    or would "most likely be rated R"

  • Aug. 6, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST

    "You white, you're Ben Affleck""

    by depalma25


  • Aug. 7, 2008, 12:06 a.m. CST

    bobby j

    by 40ozToFreedom

    "Ronnie" is Bobby J Thompson from Human Giant, and that kid is funnier than Martin Lawrence, Chris Tucker, and every single Wayans put together. Here's a clip if you aren't familiar: ...oh, and Paul Rudd IS funny in everything.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 1:11 a.m. CST

    News for You: The Dum Guy

    by Brian

    Mr. Woodcock WAS funny. Surprised you didn't know that.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 1:53 a.m. CST

    re:: fivezero

    by The Dum Guy

    I will now, never take your opinion on a movie seriously. Mr. Woodcock is funny, in how it makes seeing 5 minutes of laughs stretched out over a period of an hour and a half.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 2:30 a.m. CST

    thats a pretty stupid headline

    by mynemaborat

    who came up with that?

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 9:23 a.m. CST

    'Ronnie' was also...

    by Anna Valerious

    ...Stanley, the thorn in Raven's side from "That's So Raven". And (This is true) played Gary Coleman.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 11:06 a.m. CST

    Looks really funny to me

    by CherryValance

    That little kid is hilarious. I remember him from Tracey Morgan's show, which he stole ever week. I saw this trialer ahead of PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and when that kid said he didn't want to take his pants off my theater laughed harder than they did for the next two hours.

  • Aug. 7, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST


    by imascooby1985

    the trailer may make it seem formulaic, but the fact that Wain is at the helm tells you that it wont be. Anything the Stella trio does can easily be edited to look formulaic and open to a wider audience (just look at the Baxter trailer) but once you actually watch the film you will be thinking of 1000 words that describe it better than formulaic.

  • Aug. 9, 2008, 7:12 a.m. CST

    hmm, really.

    by thebrent

    i read this site daily, for fun. kicks. and giggles. sadly ive grown tired of everyone tearing down movies like this. predictable? yes. but it will still be funny. dont spend youre 10 bucks that your mommy gave you, because in all honesty the 8-10 of you that find time to comment on every story that comes up on this site dont have jobs and live with your parents or you do have amazing awesome job that pay so much but still no girls like you, because you wont like it. however in 7 months when its released on DVD and its cool to quote it you will be singing its praises. basically what im getting at is this, get a life and stop posting on this site. youre ruining it for me. i get it, you dont like anything. your so much cool than anyone.