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Recommendation: Role Models

May 12, 2009

So, wow, real life hits hard, when it hits. 

In the last… *checks date of last post*… three months, I made my wedding dress, finished planning my wedding, got married, and, for the span of two weeks, worked three jobs (and 140 hours) while I transitioned from one part-time restaurant job to another.  Needless to say, there was very little time in there for updating this fun little side project of mine.  

But! I have returned.  Hopefully I’ll be able to manage at least one movie recommendation a week.  I’ve got at least twenty stored up and almost ready to go so… we’ll see. 

Stay tuned, dear reader, stay tuned. 

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Title:  Role Models

[rent this on blockbuster.com; rent this on netflix.com; buy this on amazon.com]

Summary:  Danny (Paul Rudd), a thirty-five year old energy drink sales rep, hates his job, his life, his immature co-worker, Wheeler (Seann William Scott), and the fact that it’s impossible to order a “large” at speciality coffee shops.  

When he loses it and crashes the company truck while trying to escape a tow truck, he’s given the choice: thirty days in jail, or 150 hours of community service with “Sturdy Wings” (a Big Brother/Big Sister-style program).  He and Wheeler opt for the community service.

Upon meeting their charges, a mideaval reinactment geek, Auggie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), and a foul-mouthed handful, Ronnie (Bobb’e J.  Thompson), Danny and Wheeler think maybe thirty days in jail would have been easier.  Wacky hijinks ensue as they struggle to figure out how to make it through their mandatory 150 hours together.

Genre:  comedy, sincere and heartwarming

Audience: The humor is mature and often vulgar; consider this when deciding with whom you’re going to watch this movie.

Occasion: Great background movie for a party; great for a small group of friends, some beer, and a bucket of popcorn. 

Watch every minute? Not necessary, but you’ll miss some good stuff if you wander away.

Big Screen vs. Small Screen: Either.

Why I liked it: Upon first hearing about this movie, I was curious, but not on-the-edge-of-my-seat excited.  We ended up seeing it in theatres for lack of anything else out that we really had to see, and were pleasantly surprised.

It is both funny and good.  The tricky thing is that the first… twenty minutes or so, which are all set-up, are actually the least interesting part of the movie.  It gets really good when the boys start their community service with the “Sturdy Wings” program, partially because all of the minor characters in the film are just brilliant, and partially because Paul Rudd plays such a fantastic straight man.  

There are so many great things about this movie: great moments, great quotes, hilarious jokes and conversations, but I think my favorite thing is the fact that the movie is MUCH geekier in the end than you’d ever guess on the surface.  I love films that take you by surprise like that.  

“Own it” vs. “Once is enough”: This is a movie that I’m going to own, just becuase I keep wanting to see it again.  We actually rented it for a second time just last week, which is what prompted this post, because I couldn’t stop thinking about it and how funny it is.  

If you only see it once, and you get the DVD / Blu-ray, make sure to watch the deleted scenes and the bloopers.  Good times.

If you liked…: 40-year Old Virign, Super Bad, Knocked Up, The Break-up.


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