Role Models

Role Models  (Rated R)
Gavin Grade:  B

I had a lot of hope for this comedy staring Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott.  That’s because creators David Wain and Ken Marino are two of the masterminds behind the cult sketch comedy MTV show from the ’90s, “The State.”  It’s a classic buddy comedy where two guys find themselves put in a position of court-ordered Community Service at a group for kids.  The two they’re paired up with is a foul mouth kid, who’s played by newcomer Bobb’e Thompson and a Renaissance Fair nerd played by Christopher Mintz-Plaase, who you’ll recognize instantly as McLovin from “Superbad.”  Don’t get me wrong, the movie is funny; but I expected more.  Wain and Marino created two other movies called “Wet Hot American Summer” and “The Ten.”  Both are in my Top 30 favorite comedies of all time.  The trap I fell into was expecting that again.  Those movies are quirky, weird and not for everyone.  “Role Models” is more mainstream.  So that means that just because I didn’t like it that much, you probably will.