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Role Models

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Wheeler (Seann William Scott) and Danny (Paul Rudd) have got it made. Wheeler is a ladies man who seems to hook up with someone different every night. Danny is living with his girlfriend Beth (Elizabeth Banks), a brainy beauty who’s a practicing lawyer. But for whatever reason, Danny just isn’t happy. So one day, he loses it as he’s in the middle of telling a group of kids to stay away from drugs (one of his duties as the spokesperson for an energy drink called Minotaur). As a result, he and Wheeler must do community service with a Big Brother-type organization called Sturdy Wings. That only leads to more trouble as Wheeler is paired with a potty-mouthed African-American kid (Bobb’e J. Thompson) and Danny ends up with a Dungeons and Dragons obsessed nerd (Christopher Mintz-Plasse). A Shaker Heights native, director David Wain (The Ten, Wet Hot American Summer) doesn’t settle for sentimentality and often errs on the side of obnoxious, but at a time when Judd Apatow seems to have cornered the market on edgy comedy, it’s good to see someone else take a worthwhile stab at it. HHH

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