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Movie Renter's Guide - November, 2009

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"Role Models" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

Role Models

Synopsis

Danny Donahue (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Sean William Scott) are two energy drink salesmen giving anti-drug (Minotaur sales pitches) speeches to local schools. Danny hates his job along with everything else. A totally "Negative Nancy." He attempts to propose to his girlfriend but she turns him down. Things only get worse when their truck gets towed. They try to drive it away off the tow truck only to crash it into the school statue. Danny and Wheeler are sentenced to log 150 hours of community service over the next thirty days. The judge selects for their community service a big-brother style program called Sturdy Wings, led by Gayle Sweeny (Jane Lynch), an ex-drug addict, who takes an instant dislike to Danny and Wheeler. Wheeler is paired up with Ronnie Shields, a foul-mouthed boy who has driven away all the other big brothers. Danny is paired up with Augie Farks, a nerdy teenager obsessed with live action role-playing games (LARPing).

The group attempts to bond during a camping trip, but don't have much success. It's not till the very entertaining LARPing scene where the four of them come together and Danny, especially, "grows up." It's a great scene where Augie manages to take out the King, played by the hilarious Ken Jeong, but the King has nothing of it and lies to everyone else. Danny makes a few more mistakes and loses the trust of Augie, but in the end gains it back by getting Augie back into the role playing clan. The four end up creating a new fantasy nation and doing battle against the rest of the nerds.

 

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2008, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 39 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC MPEG-4
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Jeong
  • Directed by David Wain
    Rating
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  • Violence: None
  • Sex: Nudity
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

Role Models is an entertaining movie. It's pretty light-hearted and shouldn't make you feel depressed after watching. I was expecting it to be a bit funnier than it was. The middle of the movie is a tad slow, but its worth it for the final LARP scene. This Blu-Ray does the movie justice and its certainly worth at least a rental and even a purchase if you are already a fan.

Technical

Good picture quality, but this won't be a disc you pull out to show off to your friends the brilliance of Blu-Ray. The transfer is clean and relatively detailed, perfectly sufficient for this type of movie. The Audio is about the same- sufficient. Nothing that will blow you away, it just gets the job done.

Extras

The Deleted Scenes, Alternate Takes, and Bloopers were my favorite of the extras. Only die hard fans will bother with anything else. Also included are Audio Commentary, Featurettes, U-Control Picture-in-Picture, "My Scenes" Interactive Bookmark Function, Ye Old Crest Maker, and BD-Live Content.

Audio Commentary with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks, and Chucky designer Kevin Yagher, Audio Commentary with producer David Kirschner and screenwriter Don Mancini, Scene-specific Chucky commentaries, Evil Comes in Small Packages 3 Featurettes: The Birth of Chucky, Creating the Horror, Unleashed, Chucky: Building a Nightmare Featurette, A Monster Convention Featurette, Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child's Play Vintage Featurette, Original Theatrical Trailer.

Audio Commentary with Alex Vincent, Catherine Hicks, and Chucky designer Kevin Yagher, Audio Commentary with producer David Kirschner and screenwriter Don Mancini, Scene-specific Chucky commentaries, Evil Comes in Small Packages 3 Featurettes: The Birth of Chucky, Creating the Horror, Unleashed, Chucky: Building a Nightmare Featurette, A Monster Convention Featurette, Introducing Chucky: The Making of Child's Play Vintage Featurette, Original Theatrical Trailer, Still Photo Gallery