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Harry thinks ROLE MODELS are fun to laugh at!

It wasn’t that long ago that I had very little interest in seeing a movie called ROLE MODELS. It seemed from the first trailer to be a saccharine sweet buddy film about grown children that learn to become MEN. And that stuff, like saccharine… gives ya cancer. I’m serious. If you just watch films about juvenile young men putting their childish sides aside… you will develop EYE CANCER. There’s a group of lobbyists that work for me in Washington trying to get WARNING STICKERS to place on films of this type that would say: WARNING: WATCHING THIS FILM IS A LEADING CONTRIBUTOR TO EYE CANCER, alas with the current Lobby Reforms in place, it’s getting harder to hire Escorts to blow legislation into law. Then I saw the Red-Band Trailer for this film and realized… OMG – that little kid cusses!!! Now I don’t know about you, but small children that cuss and bitch slap adults. That’s like catnip for the Left Frontal Funny Lobe of the brain. It causes involuntary joygasms that riddle the body and leave one laughing like that piano music lover from REEFER MADNESS. Well, at least that’s how it affects me. Now, if this film was just about Bobb’e J. Thompson – who is every bit as awesome as Gary Coleman was in his heyday – I’d have been completely happy, but Director David Wain and writer/actor/Titanic-expert Paul Rudd – well they’ve come up with a film that is sweet, but exquisitely wrong on several fronts. Our two leads, Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott play two very different fellas that have spent a decade working together. Paul is that cynical life hater that’s just lost his long term girlfriend, which added to his already miserable existence as a Front Man for the Energy Drink MINOTAUR pushes him over the edge. Meanwhile you have Seann William Scott, who is the man in the Minotaur costume – and he feels he has the greatest job on the planet. He gets to dress up in a badass Minotaur costume and turn folks on to the best Energy Drink in the world that is good for you because it has JUICE in it. After their initial calamity lands them in a position of facing some time in jail or doing community service in a “Big Brothers Big Sisters”-like organization – they decide to do the latter. That’s how they meet Bobb’e J. Thompson’s Ronnie Shields, a tiny boy obsessed with giving grown-ups shit and boobies…. And (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) McLovin’s Augie Farks (greatest name 2nd to McLovin) who is a Larp-loving fantasists that lives with redneck mundanes that think he’s probably doomed to loving boys in tights. Seann gets Bobb’e and Paul gets McLovin – and we get to see these two, very different relationships form. At one level, I love the Seann and Bobb’e relationship, simply because it is the most subversive. Rather than trying to stop the boy’s predilection with insults and tits – Seann’s character helps him to understand and develop beyond a boy’s understanding. To teach him how to stare at boobies, without staring. To understand the subtle ways sex has been woven into the bards of our age, KISS. I also love how this relationship goes wrong as well. Then there’s that Paul Rudd one. The LARP-ing aspect is great. It isn’t done to make fun of LARPers, but rather as a celebration of their particular oddness. The final battle is epic, but actually everytime we enter the realm of the LARPers – this film oddly rules at a level I wasn’t expecting. Paul and Davin Wain really did a great job of showing how one could love this rather odd , yet colorful hobby life. Is there a sweetness to the film, yeah, but the great thing is the Grown Up kids don’t have to cease being childish, but to simply embrace their childish ways and the childish ways of children, to reach a better understanding of life in general. This film is hilarious throughout. Another strong comedy for 2008, it’s a good thing the films are so funny, cuz the world needs as much laughter and funny as it can muster these days. While this may be a film about Grown Ups and Kids, this is definitely an Adult aimed comedy. It’s filthy and fun. Check it out when you get a chance.

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  • Oct. 10, 2008, 5:39 a.m. CST

    It's 9000!

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Couldn't read this...

    by theBigE

    Are you half asleep, Harry? I had a hard time reading this! What does "a Larp-loving fantasists" mean, anyway?

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 5:42 a.m. CST

    Over, that is

    by DRACULA_WANTS_THE_AMULET

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 5:49 a.m. CST

    ???

    by FILMFUNK

    No clue?

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 6:27 a.m. CST

    LARP: Live Action Role Play

    by darquelyte

    People who dress up in costumes and act out what the costume represents. Typically, this is people in Medieval gear who pretend that it's the Middle Ages, or go a step or 2 farther and play live action Dungeons & Dragons. LARP people have also taken on superhero and vampire role play as well, among others. So now, does "LARP loving fantasists" make sense to you?

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 6:43 a.m. CST

    my mother has eye cancer

    by Loosejerk

    it's not that funny, tub-boy.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 8:19 a.m. CST

    most convulute sentance of the day:

    by zom-bot.com

    "...who is a Larp-loving fantasists that lives with redneck mundanes that think he’s probably doomed to loving boys in tights."<P>fanatic?

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 9:09 a.m. CST

    I believe Harry is just going for the singular term

    by the beef

    He's only one kid, therefore a fantasist. The kid lives in fantasy. Does that help? Having seen the film the sentence makes sense.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 9:42 a.m. CST

    harry is you skinny now?

    by Fat Lenny

    looking forward to this movie.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 10:02 a.m. CST

    LARPers suck

    by OBSD

    I worked at a coffee/ice cream shop near MIT and every Wednesday night, like clockwork, these hygene avoiding, ugly ass socially retarted freaks would come in and completely drive everybody else out of the place with their grossness. Each one of them would want a taste every flavor we had, (DUDE! You've been coming in here for years, you know what everything tastes like, Just pick a goddamn flavor already!) and about half of them would think that just tasing flavors was enough to let them sit there for 3 hours. The rest of them would pick the things that were the biggest pain in the ass to make and they'd never tip. Ever. Then all 30 of them would go sit down and attempt to out nerd each other ("Forsooth!")while a choice half-dozen of the grossest ones would proceed to make out in a corner. Ew. They all came from the planet BARF. Then they'd leave the biggest fucking mess imaginable. They were all so socially retarted that they would not respond to any a direct statement that we were closing and stay waaaay past closing time. No wonder why they like to prtend that they're living in the past. Because nobody in this day and age can fucking stand them.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 10:31 a.m. CST

    WARNING: REVIEWING MOVIES MAKES YOU FAT AS HELL

    by ArcadianDS

    hows that lap-band working out harry? Find a way to squeeze swedish meatballs past it yet?<

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 10:51 a.m. CST

    Role Models

    by fassbinder79

    Saw the film at an early screening in New York with a friend and I've gotta say its FRIGGIN' HILARIOUS!

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 1:31 p.m. CST

    OBSD

    by Zombieflicker

    That shit was funny! I could totally picture that in my head.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 2:11 p.m. CST

    This review gave me eye cancer.

    by F-18

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 2:19 p.m. CST

    OBSD

    by killianx

    wow you seem to hate LARP-ers about as much as i cant stand Pretentious A-holes that work in coffee houses! Awesome!

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 2:49 p.m. CST

    You got me pegged, killanx

    by OBSD

    It's not that the LARPers I encountered for three years straight were stinky, obnoxious and gross and a pain in my ass. It's me. I'm the "Pretentious A-Hole". It has nothing to do with the fact that because they're nerds, they've been shit on all of their life so when they see an opportunity to shit all over someone in the service industry, they make sure they eat a whole box of Ex-Lax before pulling down their pants and spraying it in my face. (metaphorically speacking, of course.) I wasn't even smart enough to be a nerd when I was a kid. I was a weirdo Sub-nerd. You don't see me taking it out on anybody, do you? It has nothing to do with the fact that they were cheap bastards who didn't tip and spent the smallest amount of money possible and stayed as long as possible whilst they drove out actual paying customers in droves. No, why would it be that? You're right. It's not them, it's me. I'm a "Pretentions A-hole". Eat a bag of dicks, you fucking maggot.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 3:16 p.m. CST

    OBSD

    by DoctorStopMo

    While I can sympathize with your post about LARPers, you must realize: you're painting a group with a large brush, and I believe that the stereotypes you've advanced probably accurately reflect 95% of that community, if not more. Realize as well that the stereotype of Pretentious A-Hole coffee-shop workers also accurately reflects 95% of the people in that industry. It's life, son. Don't like to be stereotyped? Hey, maybe that's how some of that 5% of LARPers feel.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Actually, Doctor...

    by OBSD

    Technically It was an Ice cream shop that also sold coffe. I'm not sure what the stereotype is on Ice Cream Shop Workers? We got one arm that's more muscular than the other? Now, if you don't mind, I'm going to go drive my Prius while listening to The Black Kids and sipping my soy macchiatto. Seriously, though, I did the Ice Cream thing near MIT, then worked at a comic book store in the same area and after 12 years of dealing with those kinds of people I can unequivocally say there is something seriously wrong with them (not all, of couse but a vast majority of them). It's not just me.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 3:36 p.m. CST

    I've never actually met anyone like that...

    by OBSD

    Not Pretentious coffee shop workers anyway. It seems like something that was poupular to make fun of in the media, but I haven't actually seen any examples of it. And Starbucks doesn't count. Management actually makes them correct people who say "large" instead of "Venti" or whatever the fuck it is in Italian. You're not being pretentious if your manager is forcing to do it.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 6:49 p.m. CST

    Outside of the Eva Longoria flick,

    by skimn

    which I would have to be hogtied with barbwire to watch, Paul Rudd can do no wrong. Is it true he basically took over the script and got co-screenwriting credit once he started giving suggestions?

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 7:09 p.m. CST

    It's funny OBSD...

    by killianx

    that you immediately assume i was talking about you when i said Pretentious A-Hole but hey if the shoe fits!

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 8:47 p.m. CST

    I worked with a LARPer once

    by the milf lover

    for a couple months at the convenience store. He was a very nice guy, but a bit on the weird side, and very into that role playing thing. They did that like once a month, so he would grow a beard for it the whole month, shave the day after it's over, and start growing it again.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 8:49 p.m. CST

    as for bad movies giving people cancer

    by the milf lover

    I guess now we know why Siskel died and why Ebert had surgery.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 8:51 p.m. CST

    and on a totally random note

    by the milf lover

    as I'm typing this, my neighbor is playing the accordion. Which is kinda creepy.

  • Oct. 10, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    OBSD

    by Samhain_Lives

    My friend, I'm not commenting to spur your wrath, or to refute your previous remarks. However, if you are so embittered by your experiences in the service industry; then perhaps you are better suited elsewhere. Also, I remember when I was in under-grad, my friends and I would try to find cheap things to do and inexpensive places to hang out because we were broke ass students. I can feel your pain when it comes to messy people who don't tip (pretty classless)...perhaps someone should have taken one of their foam swords and explained it to them...

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 9:30 a.m. CST

    OBSD

    by DoctorStopMo

    Well, I was responding to your irate response to killanx, which specifically addressed "coffee shop workers." I duly noted that you were an ice cream shop salesman, but given the umbrage you took at killanx's characterization, I responded in kind.<P> I stand by my remarks. You feel well-qualified in painting all LARPers with the same brush - which is fine. Not saying I've had much contact with them or anything, and it's not a stretch of the imagination to assume a good deal of truth in what you say. However, I have had extensive interactions with members of the service industry, and I would like to give the finger to almost every single one that I've had to deal with. Yeah, I get that your job sucks ass and that it's boring and tedious and just damn drudgery, but that's no excuse to be rude to me, to roll your eyes when I'm trying to decide what I want to get, and so on. As a side note, there is one concept that so few in the industry are familiar with. Do you know what TIP means? It's actually an acronym for "To Insure Promptitude." If a server's service is lacking, late, or otherwise not to my satisfaction, he or she shouldn't expect to be getting much gratuity for suck-ass service. I don't give out hard earned money to people just for existing. If the aforementioned description doesn't fit you, then you're in the group of servers that I'd tip handsomely for a job well done. But like I said - we're playing a 95/5 game, and too bad if you don't like being lumped with the other 95.

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 11:32 a.m. CST

    LARP people and emo kids

    by liljuniorbrown

    I'm sorry but I kind of have to agree with OBSD on this one. Anyone who has ever had the displeasure of working with the public can tell you that you get the worst stereotypes in the world.The bad thing is while there might be people that like LARP games and things of that nature that are regular people,it's the ass holes that come out in public in force. Same thing with the douche bags that come to the movie theater all dressed like people from the movie that they're watching. You always have the one group that does and tries to put on a live action myster science theater 3000 . I know some countries make there citizens serve in the army, we should make it mandatory to work in public for one year...every citizen. Then maybe dick heads would learn how to tact.

  • Oct. 11, 2008, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Harry's reviews...

    by rivvorz

    seem very poor to me.

  • Oct. 13, 2008, 6:08 p.m. CST

    LARP

    by Die_Hardest

    I had never heard of LARPING until like 2 weeks ago, and since then the only references to it I have read have been on this site. 3 Times. Wtf?

  • Nov. 10, 2008, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Did Harry review Zack and Miri?

    by LHombreSiniestro

    Because I don't think I ever saw one.

  • Nov. 11, 2008, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Methinks 'tis funny

    by LegendSeeker

    I have not laughed as hard at a movie in ages.

  • Nov. 23, 2008, 1:50 a.m. CST

    Nice Surprise!

    by FilmFan311

    Saw ROLE MODELS today and was surprised at how hilarious it turned out to be! Understandable now that it's making more money than expected because word of mouth is very solid. If you were on the fence with this on, take a chance. It's great! Paul Rudd, you fucking RULE!

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