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Old 04-26-2009, 09:30 PM   #1  
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Studio Name: Universal Studios
MPAA Rating: R and Unrated
Disc Information: BD 50
Video Codec: Main feature -MPEG-4 AVC Video resolution: 1080p. Aspect ratio: 1.85:1 Bonus features - MPEG-4 AVC video resolution 1080i/p and 480i/p
Tested Audio Track:English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Director: David Wain
Starring Cast: Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb'e J. Thompson

SYNOPSIS: Movie 9/10

From the very beginning of the movie it is apparent that one of the coworkers, Danny (Paul Rudd), is extremely unhappy with his life. In a moment of impulse he proposes to his girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks), and after being rejected, goes on a rampage that gets him and his coworker, Wheeler (Seann William Scott) into trouble with the law. Their punishment is that they have to spend 150 hours participating in a Big Brother-like program called Sturdy Wings.

Both Wheeler and Danny are assigned to trouble children and hilarity ensues. Wheeler's kid has an obsession with boobies and curses like a sailor. Danny's kid is a socially awkward nerd that is obsessed with a role playing game called Lair. Throughout the movie Danny tries to find purpose to his life (as well as win back the love of his life), while Wheeler learns responsibility. The relationships between the kids and Danny and Wheeler are endearing.

Paul Rudd's performance is really good (I've been a huge fan of all of his role's). He has mastered the art of sarcasm. Seann William Scott makes a slight return to his character from American Pie (although he's not a jerk), and he does a good job as well. Both of the kids were really good as well, same with the supporting cast. They were great! These types of movies are made or broken by the supporting casts.

This movie was rated R for a reason. There is lots and lots of swearing and a few nude scenes. So people that are easily offended might want to avoid this movie.

VIDEO QUALITY: 8.5/10

I was shocked how great the PQ of Role Models was, especially considering it is a non-efx driven comedy. All of the outdoor scenes look great! Black levels are great, and there is a shocking level of detail. You can even see some of the actors' skin blemishes. Flesh tones are excellent. Some of the LAIR players wear chain mail armor and there are no visual defects that can be seen. There are a few scenes with some notable grain (mostly the high school scenes where the Paul and Seann are promoting Minataur)

AUDIO QUALITY: 7/10

It's hard to rate audio tracks for movies like this. There are very few "action" scenes and like most comedies the audio track is pretty much front loaded. The use of the surrounds in the parks and at restaurants is impressive. I was never distracted by the background noise. I never had any trouble hearing the dialogue. I don't have any complaints about the audio, but it isn't a movie that will show off your nice surround sound system.


SUMMARY: This movie is extremely funny and warrants multiple viewings. Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott work really well off of each other and the supporting cast is amazing (there are a few Reno 911 people in this)! The special features (although not as plentiful as other comedies of this genre), for the most part, are worth watching. Some of the deleted scenes are pretty funny, others were cut for obvious reasons. The director let the actors improvise a lot and the alternate takes shows off the improv skills of some of the supporting cast. I didn't get a chance to check out the BD-Live features so I can't comment on those.

RECOMMENDATIONS: If you are a fan of "R-rated comedies" I recommend this as a purchase, if not this is at least worth a rental. For those that are looking for more family-friendly movies, you might want to avoid this.

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Great review and thanks for doing it!

I have just added this to my queue at Netflix and will be interested in watching it after reading your review.
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Thanks for the great review


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This movie was rated R for a reason. There is lots and lots of swearing and a few nude scenes. So people that are easily offended might want to avoid this movie.
I love this kind of *%!~
If it's offensive it might be a relief to escape the boundries of political correctness sometimes.
that's why I come to this forum by the way
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I like this type of warning also. It seems it is getting harder and hard to go by the MPAA ratings because they now have swears in even the PG movies now, and those who have younger kids like to know about such things BEFORE buying it for their kids.

I know many who do not have kids might not see the importance of this, but if/when they have kids they may.
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Thanks for the positive feedback! Let me know what you think about it PFC, I'll make sure to include family content rating in all my reviews.
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Thanks for the positive feedback! Let me know what you think about it PFC, I'll make sure to include family content rating in all my reviews.
It will probably be the next movie I get from Netflix so I will let you know how I like it after watching it. I wasn't really interested in it until I read your review.

I think it is great to include that family content rating in reviews because it is especially helpful with movies that are likely for kids to watch. I am no prude by any stretch, but I am shocked at what I see in many of the PG & PG-13 movies now.
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It will probably be the next movie I get from Netflix so I will let you know how I like it after watching it. I wasn't really interested in it until I read your review.

I think it is great to include that family content rating in reviews because it is especially helpful with movies that are likely for kids to watch. I am no prude by any stretch, but I am shocked at what I see in many of the PG & PG-13 movies now.
I agree with you completely. The MPAA is so random and ridiculous. There's a good documentary you might like called "This Film Is Not Yet Rated." It is about how poorly the MPAA is run, and really opened my eyes about the whole ratings system.

About the movie, I watched this with a friend of mine who normally doesn't like these types of movies and he actually really liked it. I hope you like it as well PFC

I'll try to get my next review up tonight, but it might not be until tomorrow. I have a couple research papers that I am trying to finish up, so we'll see...
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Do the research papers first. The review can wait while you take care of business.
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Thanks for the great review Steve.
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Thanks for the excellent review Steve, i will have to check this movie out.
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I liked this movie, I thought it was really good. It was actually funny, unlike some of the other comedies I viewed.. I forget the little black kids name, but he was a riot..
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I'm glad you guys liked the review Thanks for the positive feedback!
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Thanks to Peter Marlowe, steveskin, and everyone else who posts such great reviews. They really are looking professional!
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ha it was a funny movie i have seen this movie.
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I like this type of warning also. It seems it is getting harder and hard to go by the MPAA ratings because they now have swears in even the PG movies now, and those who have younger kids like to know about such things BEFORE buying it for their kids.

I know many who do not have kids might not see the importance of this, but if/when they have kids they may.
Hey PFC , there is a website that would be good for you to check out- it's called http://www.kids-in-mind.com and it has all the info you're looking for. They rate language, violence, and sexuality for concerned parents. Here's the ratings for Role Models- http://www.kids-in-mind.com/r/rolemodels.htm
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