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Buddies go on a role

PUBLISHED: 16:01 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 17:10 16 August 2010

FRIENDLY ADVICE: Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jane Lynch and Bobb'e J Thompson in Role Models.

FRIENDLY ADVICE: Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jane Lynch and Bobb'e J Thompson in Role Models.

FILM Role Models CERT 15 PERFECTLY-PITCHED lead performances and tight scripting elevate this bawdy buddy movie above much of the recent slew of derivative Apatow-style gross-out comedies.

FILM Role Models

CERT 15

PERFECTLY-PITCHED lead performances and tight scripting elevate this bawdy buddy movie above much of the recent slew of derivative Apatow-style gross-out comedies.

Danny Donahue (Paul Rudd) and Anson Wheeler (Seann William Scott) are a pair of best buddies who work for an energy drinks company touring schools and promoting their products as a sort of safe legal high. The job suits the libidinous Anson just fine but Danny has had enough and loses the plot after being dumped by his girlfriend (Elizabeth Banks). He goes into complete meltdown and the two end up being sentenced to do community service at a mentoring scheme. Danny is paired with nerdy Augie (Christopher Mints-Plasse), a teenage live action role play obsessive, while Anson gets Ronnie (Bobb'e J Thompson) a pre-teen with a mouth like a sailor. At first the two friends do as little as possible simply wanting to ride out their time but as a series of mishaps ensue they soon find themselves looking out for their charges more and more.

Much of the film's success stems from the natural, relaxed interactions of the cast with the interplay between Rudd's uptight, bad-tempered Danny and Scott's carefree, womanising Anson providing many of the laughs. Mints-Plasse and Thompson are also worthy of note and mark themselves out as names to look out for in the future.

Beneath all of the vulgar humour and ridiculous set pieces director David Wain finds room for a few messages about the importance of friendship and such but it's unlikely that viewers go into a film like this hoping to reset their moral compasses. Most people will watch it in search of laughs and on that level the film delivers big time.

Role Models is out in cinemas now.

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