Parents' Guide to

Role Models

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Coarse adult comedy elicits some big laughs.

Movie R 2008 95 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 15 parent reviews

age 17+

Top 10 best comedy movies I've seen!

I loved the movie! Lots of swearing though. Still one of the best comedies. I think that the little guy should stop swearing all the time. Loved the fantasy talk!
age 18+

Kids watching breasts, talking dirty. This is so wrong!

This movie talks all the time about sex, drugs and uses kids actors. They talk dirty in front of them, they also talk dirty, the show them breasts, a guy having sex with a robot, drawing penis. Why do they allow kids actors in this type of movies? Don't they see how wrong and sick this is?

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (15 ):
Kids say (36 ):

Loud, lewd, formulaic, and, yes, hilarious, ROLE MODELS is a mish-mash -- everything from medieval reenactments to middle school shares screen time -- that's hugely fun to watch. Rudd is a malcontent extraordinaire. Danny is joyless, picks fights with baristas over how their coffee is named, delivers anti-drug speeches as if he's heavily tranquilized, and can't be bothered to act like a decent boyfriend. But here's the thing: No matter how crass and negative he gets, he's still likeable, and Rudd's innate amiability serves him well in the role. Scott has a little less to work with -- he ratchets up the doofus level a bit too much -- but he still manages to be winning.

That said, it's the "little brothers" -- they call them "littles" -- who steal the show, especially Thompson, who seems, in the best way, a loose little cannon (his command of swear words shocks and awes). As the loopy, edgy Sturdy Wings director, Jane Lynch is inspired casting, but Banks is window dressing, as is some of the crazy-quilt plot. Bottom line? Role Models is no comedy classic (Judd Apatow, you can keep your crown), and sometimes it feels like director David Wain barely retains control. But funny? For the most part, it is.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 7, 2008
  • On DVD or streaming: March 10, 2009
  • Cast: Jane Lynch , Paul Rudd , Seann William Scott
  • Director: David Wain
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Gay actors
  • Studio: Universal Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 95 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity
  • Last updated: February 18, 2024

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