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Movie Review: Role Models

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Seann William Scott has to be kicking himself for ever doing American Pie. Because of Steve Stifler, Scott will be forever typecast as the same character. If he plays Horatio in Hamlet, you can be sure Horatio will shotgun at least two Natty Lights.

And yep, Role Models, which I just watched last night, was a typical Seann William Scott endeavor. The movie also has Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks because, well, it’s a dick joke comedy, and you can’t have a dick joke comedy without Paul Rudd and Elizabeth Banks.

The plot, which you can see if you squint, is that Danny (Rudd) and Wheeler (Scott) are peddlers for an energy drink who crash their truck into a high school statue. Instead of serving jail time, Danny’s recently-anointed ex-girlfriend lawyer Beth (Banks) pulls some strings to work community service at a Big Brothers-type organization for 30 days. Wheeler tends to the hellraising Ronnie (Bobb’e J. Thompson) and Danny is paired up with the LARP-happy Augie, portrayed by Christopher “McLovin” Mintz-Plasse. (Speaking of typecasted characters.)

From scene to scene, Role Models just rolls out demented character after demented character and crass joke after crass joke. Even if the gags didn’t pertain to, well, anything, the writers just kept throwin’ ’em out there, sort of like Napoleon Dynamite with fuckbombs. I’m pretty sure the movie just used every joke and character that didn’t belong in any other movie. It was kind of like sifting through Judd Apatow’s lost and found box.

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