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    February 19, 2009

    ROLE MODELS


    ENGLISH - (PG13) - 26 February 2009 - Comedy
    Distributor: Universal Pictures
    Running time: about 99 mins.
    Director: David Wain
    Producers: Luke Greenfield, Mary Parent
    Writers: David Wain, Timothy Dowling, Paul Rudd, Ken Marino
    Casts: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb'e J Thompson, Elizabeth Banks
    Plot: Danny and Wheeler are two salesmen who trash a company truck on an energy drink-fuelled bender. Upon their arrest, the court gives them two choices: do hard time or spend 150 service hours in a mentorship program. After just one day with the kids, jail doesn't look half bad. If they can just make it through probation without getting thrown in jail, the world's worst role models will prove that sometimes it takes a village idiot to raise a child.
    THE VERDICT:

    Green Tea says:

    WARNING SPOILER! Want to have a movie that will corrupt your mind, plus giving some dark humour growing up adoloscent comedy? Role Model is a movie that fit it in. Remember when you have Superbad, Juno and Drillbit Taylor? Those are just another movie that deal with the feeling of growing up and a step into the adulthood. There is no Mr Judd Apatow in this movie, none at all, but one can feel the similar aura surrounding this movie.

    Role Model is a movie about two best buddies caught into trouble for their failure in anger management. Because of that, they were slapped with prison term initially but was later given a 150-hour community service under the judge-preffered some charity organization. There they need to be a baby-sit two troubled kids - one a foul-mouthed kid whom obssessed with 'boobs' and another nerdy whom obssessed with role-action-live-fantasy club.

    Looking at the corrupted story plot, I can imagine many may not find this movie funny at all although been labelled as one of the best comedy movie in 2008 by Rotten Tomatoes. Read their lines again, carefully, I am sure that somewhere the comedic humour will come out. American jokes or British jokes, it's kind of hard to get through our thick skull. But here's the thing, it is not the humour that become the essence of core here. Although I would think that the dialogue was avergae and may get slurpy the essence in providing the right theme of story-telling at the right time was good. For instance, you learnt why coffee was categorized in sizes of Tall, Grande and Venti.

    Paul Rudd is like another Set Rogen, or another Owen Wilson. He was a great comedian like them and his performance as a very pessissmist character was good. On the opposite role, Seann was a happy-go-lucky role. Two opposite characters get in very well. GFresh from his recent success in Superbad, Christopher is another bright star. Despite his uncharmed nerdy look, he did the role well and another one that I should mentioned was Bobb'e with his foul-mouthed scripts. He is kind of love it or hate it type of character but he put away those issues with his natural comedy.

    No CGIs, no marketing that costs millions of bucks - this is an average movie that will bring shines on your life. If you like Superbad for been bad and naughty little teenager in exploring adulthood or Drillbit Taylor for common bullied issues, here is another one for you. It may not be the best comedy but this is a great movie to learn some lesson in life. Yet, it's another average comedy.
    THE RATINGS.....
    CAST - 3.5 stars
    STORY - 3.5 stars
    CINEMATOGRAPHY - 3.5 stars
    EFFECTS - 3.0 stars

    an overall >> 3.0 stars

    GreenTea-O-Meter: 13.7
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