Role Models

This article is about the 2008 comedy film. For other uses, see Role Model (disambiguation).

2008 American film

Role Models is a 2008 American comedy film directed by David Wain, who co-wrote it with Timothy Dowling, Paul Rudd and Ken Marino. The film follows two energy drink salesmen who are ordered to perform 150 hours of community service as punishment for various offenses. For their service, the two men work at a program designed to pair children with adult role models. The film stars Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb'e J. Thompson, Jane Lynch and Elizabeth Banks.

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Plot

Danny and Wheeler are salesmen promoting the energy drink "Minotaur", supposedly to keep kids off drugs. Wheeler loves the job, while Danny views it as pointless and dead-end one, making him depressed and jaded. Danny's uncouth behavior results in the collapse of his relationship with Beth, who breaks up with him after an impulsive proposal.

After a presentation gone awry at a high school, they find their Minotaur truck being towed from the no-parking zone. Danny drives their truck free of the tow truck, damaging it, nearly hitting a security guard and crashing into a statue. Arrested, Danny and Wheeler are charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

Beth strikes a deal with the judge: they must do 150 hours of community service over the next 30 days, in lieu of 30 days in jail. Their service is with Sturdy Wings, a big brother-big sister program led by Gayle Sweeny, a recovering addict. She warns them that if they fail to meet her requirements they will be sent to prison. Wheeler is given Ronnie Shields, a vulgar young boy who has driven away all the other "Bigs" he has been paired with. Danny is assigned Augie Farks, a shy, medieval role-playing games obsessed teen.

Danny doesn't find common ground with Augie, while Ronnie dislikes Wheeler. Danny considers giving up and choosing jail, but Wheeler says if they go to jail, they will get raped. Gradually bonding with their "littles"; Ronnie and Wheeler talk about having been abandoned by their fathers, while Danny learns about Augie's medieval fantasy realm. Ronnie hears about Wheeler's favorite band, Kiss, and discovers that Wheeler shares his ...read more

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