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Role Models is a 2008 American comedy film directed by David Wain, who co-wrote it with Timothy Dowling, Paul Rudd and Ken Marino. The film follows two energy drink salesmen who are ordered to perform 150 hours of community service as punishment for various offenses. For their service, the two men work at a program designed to pair children with adult role models. The film stars Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb e J. Thompson, Jane Lynch and Elizabeth Banks.
Danny and Wheeler are salesmen promoting the energy drink Minotaur , supposedly to keep kids off drugs. Wheeler loves the job, while Danny views it as a pointless and dead-end one, making him depressed and jaded. Danny s uncouth behavior results in the collapse of his relationship with Beth, who breaks up with him after an impulsive proposal.
After a presentation gone awry at a high school, they find their Minotaur truck being towed from the no-parking zone. Danny drives their truck free of the tow truck, damaging it, nearly hitting a security guard and crashing into a statue. Arrested, Danny and Wheeler are charged with assault and disorderly conduct.
Beth strikes a deal with the judge: they must do 150 hours of community service over the next 30 days, in lieu of 30 days in jail. Their service is with Sturdy Wings, a big brother-big sister program led by Gayle Sweeny, a recovering addict. She warns them that if they fail to meet her requirements they will be sent to prison. Wheeler is given Ronnie Shields, a vulgar young boy who has driven away all the other Bigs he has been paired with. Danny is assigned Augie Farks, a shy teen obsessed with a medieval role-playing game called LAIRE .
Danny doesn t find common ground with Augie, while Ronnie dislikes Wheeler. Danny considers giving up and choosing jail, but Wheeler says if they go to jail, they will get raped. Gradually bonding with their littles ; Ronnie and Wheeler talk about having been abandoned by their fathers, while Danny learns about Augie s medieval fantasy realm. Ronnie hears about Wheeler s favorite band, Kiss, and discovers that Wheeler shares his obsession with breasts, which Wheeler teaches him to control. Danny and Augie bond discovering they are both involved in the Sturdy Wings program against their will. Danny joins Augie s role playing game Live Action Interactive Role-playing Explorers (LAIRE) and tries to get back with Beth, who insists it is for the best .
However, their good luck is short-lived. When Augie sneaks up on the King of LAIRE, Argotron, the King lies and tells everyone that he killed Augie. Defending Augie, Danny confronts and shoves the King, getting them banned from LAIRE permanently. Later, Danny insults Augie s mother and her boyfriend for not supporting Augie, earning their hatred. As they kick Danny out of the house, Danny retorts, I d be psyched if he was my kid. Meanwhile, Wheeler takes Ronnie to a party, but leaves him unsupervised, resulting in Ronnie walking home alone. When both kids parents ask Sturdy Wings for new mentors, Gayle expels Danny and Wheeler from the program, resulting in both men failing to complete their community service. Although Beth agrees to defend Danny and Wheeler in court, she warns them that they will most likely go to jail.
Danny convinces King Argotron to allow him and Augie to fight in the battle royale. Wheeler gets permission from Karen to hang out with Ronnie after he gets out of jail, and Ronnie forgives him. However, the King secretly warns the other members of Augie s LAIRE country of Xanthia that allowing Augie to fight with them will lead to severe retribution in the game. They call Augie to tell him he is a liability and out of the group. Danny and Augie form a new LAIRE country by asking Wheeler and Ronnie to join them. They arrive with Wheeler s Kiss costumes and a Kiss-themed Minotaur truck, naming their country Kiss-My-Anthia . Augie finally defeats the king, but Sarah, a hidden player who goes by Esplen in LAIRE, attacks and defeats Augie; crowned the new queen, she chooses Augie as her king-consort. Augie s parents forgive Danny.
Impressed that Wheeler and Danny care for the children, Gayle clears their names with the judge. Danny serenades Beth with a rendition of the Kiss song Beth and they reconcile.
- Paul Rudd as Danny
- Seann William Scott as Wheeler
- Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Augie
- Bobb e J. Thompson as Ronnie
- Elizabeth Banks as Beth
- Jane Lynch as Gayle
- Ken Jeong as King Argotron
- Kerri Kenney-Silver as Lynette
- Ken Marino as Jim
- Nicole Randall Johnson as Karen
- A.D. Miles as Martin Gary
- Joe Lo Truglio as Kuzzik
- Vincent Martella as Artonius
- Matt Walsh as Davith of Glencracken
- Allie Stamler as Sarah/Queen Esplen
- Jessica Morris as Linda the Teacher
- Carly Craig as Connie
- Keegan-Michael Key as Duane
- Amanda Righetti as Isabel
- Jorma Taccone as Mitch from Graphics
- Armen Weitzman as Party Dude
- Elijah Polanco as Ronnie s Friend
- Nate Hartley as Rule Master
- Louis C.K. as School Liaison
The film was originally announced in December 2006 under the title Big Brothers, with Luke Greenfield directing and Timothy Dowling writing the script. A January 22, 2007, draft of the script credits Moses Port and David Guarascio as writers, with no listing of Dowling. During promotion for the film Knocked Up, Paul Rudd revealed that shooting on Big Brothers was on hiatus while the script was being retooled. News was later revealed that Rudd was commissioned to write a new draft of the script and David Wain had signed on to direct. Wain later revealed the film was now titled Little Big Men. UniversalPictures.com listed the film under the final title Role Models, which made its release on November 7, 2008. It was pre-screened at the University of Maryland s Hoff Theater on October 30, 2008, to positive accord.
A running gag in the film is a song entitled Love Take Me Down (to the Streets) , which is claimed by Martin to be by the band Wings. In the initial scene at the Sturdy Wings building, Martin begins singing the song, which he claims is one of their hits from the 70s , a fact which Danny denies. During the credits, the song plays and is listed on the film soundtrack as being performed by Not Wings . The song was written by Charles Gansa, a composer who worked on the film, and A. D. Miles, who plays Martin in the film. It was written to imitate the style of the music of Wings and performed by Joey Curatolo, a Paul McCartney soundalike who performs in the Beatles tribute band Rain.
Role Models opened #2 at the box office behind Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa with $19.2 million. The film made a total of $67,300,955 domestically and $25,201,210 in foreign countries, for a total of $92,502,165 worldwide.
Role Models was met with generally positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 77%, based on 162 reviews. The site s consensus reads, Role Models is a frequently crude, always funny comedy with the cast providing solid work throughout. On Metacritic, the film holds a rating of 61 out of 100, based on 33 critics, indicating generally positive reviews .
In their year end review, IGN awarded Role Models with Best Comedy Film of 2008 . Eye Weekly selected Role Models as one of the best films of 2008.
The DVD was released on March 10, 2009, selling 1,028,207 during its first week generating $17,469,237 in revenue. As of August 10, 2011 the DVD sold 2,555,713 copies and brought in over $40 million in revenue.
|Plot||Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program.|
|Awards||Awards, 1 win & 4 nominations|
|Writers||Timothy Dowling, W. Blake Herron, Paul Rudd|
|Stars||Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Elizabeth Banks|
|Produced by||Juan Castro,Andrew Z. Davis,Luke Greenfield,Dan Kolsrud,Mary Parent,Matthew Seigel,William Sherak,Jason Shuman,Becky Sloviter,Scott Stuber|
|Music by||Craig Wedren|
|Cinematography by||Russ T. Alsobrook|
|Film Editing by||Eric Kissack|
|Casting By||Lisa Beach,Sarah Katzman|
|Production Design by||Stephen J. Lineweaver|
|Art Direction by||Kevin Constant|
|Set Decoration by||Douglas A. Mowat|
|Costume Design by||Molly Maginnis|
|Makeup Department||Robin Beauchesne,Ken Diaz,Adruitha Lee,Lesa Nielsen,Viviane Normand,Suzi Ostos,Nena Smarz,Kelvin R. Trahan,Judy Yonemoto,Barney Burman,Essie Cha,Brad Look,Vincent Prentice,Sabine Roller,Jose Zamora,Debbie Zoller|
|Production Management||Marcei A. Brown,Lisa Rodgers|
|Second Unit Director or Assistant Director||Bac DeLorme,Josh King,Jonathan McGarry,Stephen W. Moore,Brian Relyea,Eugene Davis,Taylor Phillips|
|Art Department||Laine Abramson,Charlsey Adkins,Matthew Kern Atzenhoffer,Perry Bachelor,Ellis J. Barbacoff,Steve Barsony,Greg Benson,Cliff Bergman,Tony Bonaventura,James W. Boyce,Steve Burnes,Chris Childers,Paul Cunningham,Mario D’Alfonso,Yann Denoual,Dennis DeWaay,James Diggs,Greg Feiler,Brock Helfer,Darryl Henley,Billy Iiams Jr.,John B. Josselyn,Gary Leshner,Jack Lineweaver,Nancy Lowry,Anuradha Mehta,John Naehrlich,James Nedza,Greg Nestor,Joe Olsen,Christopher Pappas,Paul Sonski,Karen Teneyck,Tommy Tomlinson,Kathleen Walker,Kevan Weber,Dennis Winters,Carl Denooyer,James Gambino,Tommy Gutman,Moe Moe Lwin,Aimee O’Shea,Lee Ross,Mark Sakamoto,Chris Samp,F. Andrew Scott,Adam Tankell|
|Sound Department||Dave Bergstrom,Rick Canelli,Kerry Carmean-Williams,Patrick Cusack,Andrew DeCristofaro,Thom ‘Coach’ Ehle,Kyle Fox,Tom Fox,Nerses Gezalyan,Michael Hertlein,Greg LaPlante,David Lucarelli,Harrison D. Marsh,Diane Marshall,Christian P. Minkler,James Moriana,Steve Nelson,Nancy Nugent,Thomas J. O’Connell,Michael Payne,Margit Pfeiffer,Darren Polish,Unsun Song,John C. Stuver,Jon Taylor,Karen Vassar Triest,Brett Voss,Tim Walston,Jeffrey Wilhoit,Derek Casari,Beauxregard Neylen,Greg Zimmerman|
|Special Effects by||Steve Luport,Matt Sweeney,Robert Cole,William H. Schirmer|
|Visual Effects by||Christopher Cram,Ryan Beadle,Mark Fletcher,Sarah Grieshammer,Shaina Holmes,Lindsay M. Hoppe,Paulina Kuszta,Erin L. Nelson,Wilson Tang|
|Stunts||Randall Archer,Rick Avery,Keith Splinter Davis,Tad Griffith,Freddie Hice,Brian Imada,Jeff Imada,Daniel Joseph,John Koyama,Mark Kubr,Luke LaFontaine,Jason Rodriguez,Karin Silvestri,Justin Sundquist,C.C. Taylor,David Wald,Gene Williams,Randall Huber,David Lowell,Jason Rodriguez,Brian Sampson|
|Camera and Electrical Department||Andy Anderson,Brad Boyer,Curtis Bradford,Michael Chambliss,Jerry C. Deats,Daryl Didier,Charles Ehrlinger,Rod Farley,Jerome Fauci,Matt Floyd,Jason Garcia,Antonio V. Garrido,Joshua Gollish,Jeff Graham,Mark Hadland,Casey Hotchkiss,Mati Jackson,Willow Jenkins,Jeffrey A. Johnson,John Joyce,Matthew Kistenmacher,Jonas Lagonoff,Daniel L. Magat,Shawn Meyer,Trip Morey III,John Murphy,Robert Murphy,Thomas Nead,Robert Novelli,Scott Pepin,Blake Pike,Robin Roberts,Jason Sachse,Rigney Sackley,Ron Santoyo,Aaron Schulte,Steve Smith,Dan Squires,Brent Studler,Tony Thomas,Sam Urdank,Sam Wayman,Mark Wojciechowski,Mike Bachman,Adam Camacho,Mark Carlile,Dessie Coale,Jerome Fauci,Danny Gonzalez,Scott Koche,Oktay Ortabasi,Terry Pfrang,John Savedra,Luke Bird Stern,Jason Young|
|Casting Department||Charla Bowersox,Wendy Hoffman,Beth Lipari,Laura Drake Mancini,Tammy L. Smith,Dixie Webster,Elizabeth Dean|
|Costume and Wardrobe Department||Toby Bronson,Nanrose Buchman,Ashton Edmunds,Phyllis Gilliam,Ariel Gold,Bradley Inaba,Sharon Lynch,Muto-Little,Dana Rosenberg,Annie Tippe,Mark Walcott,Azalia Snail|
|Editorial Department||David Berman,Libby Cuenin,David Egan,Jamie Gross,Greg Hadwick,Chris Jackson,Debra Neil-Fisher,Kurt Smith,Mary Beth Smith,Esther Young,Joshua Gollish,Jeff James,Mark Sahagun|
|Location Management||Michael Brewer,Casey B. Collins,Curtis Collins,James Gierman,Thomas J. Healy IV,James Lin,Peter Gluck,Thomas J. Healy IV,Don Mann,Kent Matsuoka,William Sandidge|
|Music Department||Stuart Balcomb,Julian Bratolyubov,Vincent Cirilli,Greg Dennen,Robert Fernandez,Bruce Fowler,Rick Giovinazzo,Tanya Noel Hill,Daniel Lewin,Kathy Nelson,Jamie Olvera,Ryan Robinson,Rich Wheeler,Matt Novack,Tim Rodier|
|Script and Continuity Department||Susan Bierbaum,Dina Waxman|
|Transportation Department||Karen Chang Ambrose,Cammie Caira,Denny Caira,Kevin Caira,Kaiser Clark,Richard C. Ryan,Mike Shannon,Scott Wordham,Ryan Allen,Mark Brown,Jesse Grillo,Chad Wadsworth|
|Additional Crew||H. Leah Amir,Jackie Bazan,Alura Bouvier,Danny B. Brown,Megan Brown,Kristen Cascio,Donna Corwin,Kathy Cyrus,Sierra Donley,Louis Farah Jr.,Louis Farah,Karen Faust-Crossley,Adrianne Grady,Noel B. Harris,Jasmine Houston,Pete Kitlas,Phillip Knoedel,Shannon Lee,Skip Lipman,Gary MacPherson,James Maull,Caroline Miller,John Montgomery,Blake Nabavi,Nicholas David Nesbitt,Todd Peterson,Joshua Brian Pierce,Haylie Pomroy,Lori Scowley,Deborah Simmrin,David Soldinger,Anthony Steinhart,Lois Walker,Luke Wanagel,Shawn Williamson,J.D. Woods,Lee Zacharias,Taylor Benavides,Kaiser Clark,Samuel M. Dabbs,John Hamilton,Gale Hansen,Lindsay Heller,Doris Hellmann,James Henderson,Christina Hwang,Joyce Lasley,Teresa Jolene Lee,Roxanne Marciniak,Matthew McArdle,Brandon Schiffman,Matthew Silverman,Sophia Tapia|
|Thanks||Chris Anderson,Ashley Bowen,Ryan Lorryn Cartwright,Alexa Faigen,Rashida Jones,KISS,Erica Oyama|
|Companies||Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Stuber/Parent|
|Keywords||penis,community service,oral sex,female frontal nudity,reference to dungeons and dragons the game|