ROLE MODELS Add To My Top 10
More Child Abuse
Release Date: November 14, 2008
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/General Electric
Director: David Wain
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ROLE MODELS stars Paul Rudd and Seann [sic] William Scott as Danny and Wheeler, two young pitchmen for the Minotaur energy drink. Danny and Wheeler travel around to high school campuses promoting the energy drink, but Danny is very dissatisfied with his career and his life in general.
Danny’s angry attitude upsets his live-in girlfriend. When she rejects Danny’s sudden marriage proposal and the police try to tow their Minotaur truck, Danny goes wacko. Both he and Wheeler are sentenced to 60 days in jail or 150 hours of community service mentoring kids for Sturdy Wings, a Big Brother center run by nutty older woman who’s a recovering drug addict.
The woman pairs Danny with a nerdy white teenager obsessed by a fantasy game meeting in a local park. She pairs Wheeler with a foul-mouthed fifth grader, a black boy with a penchant for looking at women’s breasts.
The comedy surrounding the fantasy game is absolutely hilarious. A lot of it is also clean. The rest of the movie, however, is interrupted by abundant, strong foul language (including some crude sexual references), brief nudity and jokes about drugs. As indicated above, the worst of that crude content involves the sexualization of the young black child, who also happens to spout the “f” word and other obscenities. In fact, in one scene, the child happens to see the naked upper torso of a woman Wheeler has just tried to sleep with during a Sturdy Wings camping trip. In another scene, Wheeler graphically explains some sexual metaphors in a heavy metal song to the boy. Needless to say, it is this content that makes ROLE MODELS really abhorrent.
There will be a lot of media hype around ROLE MODELS, especially about how funny and how good the acting is. Those positive qualities are true, especially in the movie’s clean and more mild parts, but the rest of the movie’s content is too crude or outrageously abhorrent and evil. Some filmmakers in Hollywood keep pushing the sexual envelope like this, but the “news” media companies, many of whom are affiliated with the major companies in the entertainment industry, refuse to condemn it, and sometimes even work hard to promote it! As the Bible says, they will reap what they sew, and it won’t be pretty when it happens.
The clean parts of ROLE MODELS are extremely funny, but the rest of the movie contains abundant foul language, crude sexual content, brief nudity, and some drug references. What makes the movie completely unacceptable, however, is its mixture of crude sexual references with the character of the fifth grader, who’s obsessed with women’s breasts as well as sometimes spouting obscenities. This content really crosses a line.