Role Models is a 2008 American comedy film directed by David Wain and produced by Luke Greenfield and Mary Parent. The screenplay was written by David Wain, Paul Rudd, Ken Marino and Timothy Dowling and is based on the story by Timothy Dowling and William Blake Herron.
Rated: R (movie contains crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity)
Run Time: 1h 39min
Release Date: November 7, 2008 (USA)
Director: David Wain
Studio: Universal Pictures
Role Models stars Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz, Bobb’e J. Thompson, Elizabeth Banks, Jane Lynch, Ken Jeong, Ken Marino, Kerry Kenney, A.D. Miles, Joe Lo Truglio, Matt Walsh, Nicole Randall Johnson, Alexandra Stamler, Louis C.K., Keegan Michael-Key and David Wain.
Role Models is the story of Danny Donahue (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Seann William Scott), two Los Angeles salesmen for an energy drink company which reps a drink called Minotaur. They tour Los Angeles area schools driving a Minotaur-themed SUV to deliver infomercials disguised as anti-drug speeches. Wheeler loves the job but Danny, on the other hand, hates the job and has a constant negative attitude toward life, which results in the collapse of his relationship with his girlfriend, Beth (Elizabeth Banks) who is an attorney.
Hoping to get his life back on track, Danny spontaneously proposes to Beth. Not only does she turn him down, she breaks up with him and moves out. Distraught over the break-up, the next day Danny and Wheeler go to a school to make their presentation with Danny’s attitude being even worse. After the disastrous presentation at a high school, the duo finds that their company truck is being towed away. In protest, Danny jumps in the drivers seat and tries to drive it away from the tow truck and ends up crashing it into a school statue and the two of them get arrested.
The judge sentences them each to 30-days in jail and Beth, acting as their counsel, manages to strike a deal with the judge in which they have to log 150 of community service over the next 30 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 (Bobb’e J. Thompson), a foul-mouthed, streetwise miscreant 5th grader who is obsessed with boobs and has driven away all the other adults he has been paired with, while Danny is paired up with Augie Farks (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), a nerdy teenager obsessed with live action fantasy role-playing games.
“If by gay you mean the old English definition of ‘fun, enjoyable and carefree,’ then yes, it’s extremely gay.” – Augie Farks
“I’m not here to service you, I’m here to service these young boys.” – Gayle Sweeny
“Suck it, ‘Reindeer Games’!” – Ronnie Shields
“I’m not Ben Affleck.” – Danny Donahue
“You white, then you Ben Affleck.” – Ronnie Shields
“You are white.” – Wheeler
“That’s true, I am white.” – Danny Donahue
“You sexy like a chocolate strawberry.” – Wheeler
Official Movie Trailer
Seann William Scott as Wheeler
Paul Rudd as Danny Donahue
Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Augie Farks
Bobb’e J. Thompson as Ronnie Shields
Elizabeth Banks as Beth
Jane Lynch as Gayle Sweeny
Ken Jeong as King Argotron
Ken Marino as Jim Stanssel
Kerri Kenney as Lynette
A.D. Miles as Martin
Joe Lo Truglio as Kuzzik
Matt Walsh as Davith of Glencracken
Nicole Randall Johnson as Karen
Alexandra Stamler as Esplen
Louis C.K. as Security Guard
Keegan Michael-Key as Duane
David Wain as Chevron Baine