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Role Models (2008)

Role Models Reviews

  • The fun of Role Models is that it's a high-concept movie executed with speed and finesse and the kind of brusquely tossed-off obscene banter that can get you laughing before you know what hit you.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Role Models pours sugar and cream on everything and turns it to mush.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Role Models is exuberantly staged, fitfully funny and boasts a glorious supporting turn from Jane Lynch as the demagogic onetime addict.

    Xan Brooks — Guardian [UK]

  • Role Models is a rare mainstream buddy comedy that deftly blends the endearing and the vulgar and intersperses raucous humor with subtle wit.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • You can probably figure out how this is all going to end, but it still has more laughs than you might think.

    Neely Tucker — Washington Post

  • Role Models plays well within the Judd Apatow playpen, but its shaggy-dog dyspepsia renders it both less commercial and a little more dangerous, and Rudd is why. He's W.C. Fields trapped in the body of Cary Grant.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Paul Rudd wears the constant look of glazed-eye amusement; everything seems to tickle him, even that which annoys or frustrates or disappoints him.

    Robert Wilonsky — Village Voice

  • Like its main characters, the movie is simply stuck on stupid.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Something bizarre starts to happen around the halfway mark, perhaps because no one knew how to develop the original premise.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • Role Models crosses plenty of familiar territory, but Wain and his merry band of mischief-makers offer a likeable, laughable mix of testosterone and heart.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Filth and sentimentality -- the yin- yang combo of current guy comedy -- entwine in Role Models with the naughty bits overpowering the funny.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Role Models is the kind of movie you don't see every day, a comedy that is funny.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Role Models wobbles like crazy en route to a surprisingly strong finish.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • The general tone is one of crusty, unapologetic misanthropy, driven home by the formidable Rudd (who also kicked in on the script).

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • It's pretty formulaic stuff, and earns its R rating with profanity and unapologetically gratuitous female nudity, but somehow has a winning knuckleheaded charm.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Although it delivers a consistent dose of chuckles, you can't help but wonder if Role Models falls short of its potential.

    Daniel Getahun — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • A riotous comedy from director David Wain.

    Adam Graham — Detroit News

  • Role Models deals in the kind of overgrown frat-boy humor that is sometimes funny, sometimes stupid. Here, it is pretty evenly split between the two camps, though stupid may have a slight edge.

    Randy Cordova — Arizona Republic

  • If the material has a formulaic feel and the dialogue often skews more rude than clever, Role Models nonetheless amuses throughout. That's in large part due to the stars, whose roles very much play to their familiar comic strengths.

    Dennis Harvey — Variety

  • You stand a fair chance of emerging from the movie with your lack of faith in humanity unchallenged.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

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