Role Models (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Role Models (2008)
  • Rate: 7.0/10 total 86,258 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Romance
  • Release Date: 7 November 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 99 min | 101 min (unrated version)
  • Filming Location: Boys & Girls Club of Venice – 2232 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $28,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $91,826,289(Worldwide)(5 April 2009)
  • Director: David Wain
  • Stars: Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott and Elizabeth Banks
  • Original Music By: Craig Wedren   
  • Soundtrack: Best Believe We Got High
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Big Brother | Fight | Drink | Tow Truck | Jail

Writing Credits By:

  • Timothy Dowling (story) and
  • W. Blake Herron (story) (as William Blake Herron)
  • Paul Rudd (screenplay) &
  • David Wain (screenplay) &
  • Ken Marino (screenplay) and
  • Timothy Dowling (screenplay)

Known Trivia

  • Many lines in the film were improvised. The writers did constant rewrites and came up with ideas during filming but had to stop because of the 2007 Writers Guild strike.
  • Paul McCartney impersonator Joey Curatolo provides the vocal for the fictional Denny Laine song ‘Love Take Me Down to the Streets’, which we hear during the closing credits.
  • Before Danny proposes, Wheeler tells him that they have to be at Blue Valley Middle School. Blue Valley is the name of the actual middle school that Paul Rudd attended in Overland Park, Kansas.

Goofs: Continuity: When Augie is looking at the LAIRE page his computer says it is 6:38pm on Tuesday evening. The page indicates the LAIRE Battle Royale is set to begin in 10 hours. This would mean the event would begin at approximately 4:38am Wednesday morning. However, Beth later reveals that the Battle Royale is in direct conflict with their 3pm court date.

Plot: Wild behavior forces a pair of energy drink reps to enroll in a Big Brother program. Full summary »  »

Story: Danny and Wheeler, well into their 30s, lack something: Danny feels stuck; he's sour and has driven away his terrific girlfriend. Wheeler chases any skirt he sees for empty sex. When they get in a fight with a tow-truck driver, they choose community service over jail and are assigned to be big brothers – Danny to Augie, a geek who loves participating in a weekend Medieval reenactment society, and Wheeler to Ronnie, a pint-size foul-mouthed kid. After a rocky start, things start to go well until both Danny and Wheeler make big mistakes. Can the two men figure out how to change enough to be role models to the boys?Written by <>  


Synopsis: Danny Donahue (Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Sean William Scott) are two Los Angeles salesmen for an energy drink, 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 possesses a constant negative attitude toward life, which results in the collapse of his relationship with his girlfriend, attorney Beth. Hoping to get his life back on track, Danny spontaneously proposes to her; not only does she turn him down, she breaks up with him. One day after making a disastrous sales presentation at a high school, the duo finds that their company truck is being towed away. They protest by trying to drive it away from the tow truck, but end up crashing it into a school statue.

Danny and Wheeler are arrested and the judge sentences the two to a 30-day jail sentence. Beth, however, manages to strike a deal with the judge in which they have to log 150 hours of community service over the next thirty 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. Aware that their presence at Sturdy Wings is court-ordered she warns them that she won’t accept any B.S. from them and that if they fail to carry out their tasks to her satisfaction, she will have them sent to prison. Wheeler is paired up with Ronnie Shields, a foul-mouthed, streetwise miscreant obsessed with boobs who has driven away all the other adults he has been paired with, while Danny is paired up with Augie Farks, a nerdy teenager obsessed with live action fantasy role-playing games.

Initially, the pair find their task extremely difficult, with Danny unable to find any common ground with Augie and his narrow interests, and Ronnie taking virtually no interest in Wheeler. After a few days they gradually bond with their respective partners; Ronnie takes an interest in Wheeler’s favorite band KISS and discovers that Wheeler shares his obsession with boobs, whilst Danny reluctantly participates in Augie’s medieval live action role playing group, "LAIRE". During a Sturdy Wings camping trip, Wheeler uses Danny’s Ambien to try to have drugged-out sex with another mentor who instead passes out naked in full view of the other children, Ronnie and Augie cover for their mentors. At the same time, Danny tries to make up with Beth for his mistakes, but to no avail.

Unfortunately, their success is cut short when Augie manages to "kill" the arrogant King (Ken Jeong) during one of the role playing games, the King lies and says he killed Augie first. When Danny angrily defends Augie, the King permanently bans them both, causing Augie to cry in front of everyone, including Esplen (Alexandra Stamler), who he has a crush on. Wanting to apologize to Augie, Danny goes to dinner at his house. Augie’s mother, Lynette (Kerri Kenney), and her live-in boyfriend, Jim (Ken Marino) are glad Augie has been kicked out of LAIRE and thank Danny for helping that happen. Seeing how unhappy Augie, Danny criticizes Lynette’s and Jim’s parenting skills.Wheeler, meanwhile, takes Ronnie to an adult party in Venice and leaves him unsupervised while he has sex with a blonde he meets at the party. Feeling abandoned, Ronnie walks all the way home by himself.

Ronnie’s and Augie’s parents consequently ask Sturdy Wings to assign them new mentors and Gayle throws Wheeler and Danny out. As such, the pair is given a court appointment where they will likely have to serve their thirty days in jail. In the elevator, Danny berates Wheeler for leaving Ronnie behind while Wheeler scolds him about his whining. The two have a falling out and go their separate ways.

Wheeler goes to Ronnie’s house and gets permission from Ronnie’s mother to hang out with Ronnie after he gets out of jail. Meanwhile, Danny looks through his closet and finds the battle attire Augie had given him. Remorseful, he secretly meets with the LAIRE king to negotiate Augie’s readmission where Augie can fight in that afternoon’s Battle Royale, the final battle of the year. Danny then sneaks Augie out of his house so they can prepare for the Battle Royal that day but while Danny is visiting, Augie learns that the fantasy "nation" to which he belongs has expelled his LAIRE team. Danny offers to form a new team with him, but a team must have at least four members.

Danny calls Wheeler and asks him and Ronnie to join the battle so that Augie will have enough teammates. Dressed up as the members of KISS and riding in the Minotaur SUV, Danny, Augie, Ronnie and Wheeler arrive ready to fight in the Battle Royale as a new nation. Augie’s parents, Ronnie’s mom, Gayle, and Beth come to watch. Near the end of the battle, Augie squares off against the King and kills him in front of everyone. His victory is short-lived as a hidden player, Esplen a girl he likes, attacks and defeats him. Augie’s parents, Lynette and Jim, congratulate Augie for his performance and recognize how happy he is when role-playing. In the after-battle party, Augie finally speaks to Esplen, who asks him to be her co-regent and the two kisses. Danny serenades Beth in front of everyone with an improvised version of the KISS song "Beth" and the two reconcile. Gayle, impressed with the pair’s efforts, promises to intervene with the judge, with whom she has a long-standing relationship, so that Wheeler and Danny will be able to get their names cleared.

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Produced By:

  • Juan Castro known as co-producer
  • Andrew Z. Davis known as executive producer
  • Luke Greenfield known as producer
  • Dan Kolsrud known as executive producer
  • Mary Parent known as producer
  • Matthew Seigel known as executive producer (as Matt Seigel)
  • William Sherak known as executive producer
  • Jason Shuman known as executive producer
  • Rebecca Sloviter known as associate producer
  • Scott Stuber known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Seann William Scott known as Wheeler
  • Paul Rudd known as Danny
  • Christopher Mintz-Plasse known as Augie
  • Bobb'e J. Thompson known as Ronnie
  • Elizabeth Banks known as Beth
  • Jane Lynch known as Sweeny
  • Ken Jeong known as King Argotron
  • Ken Marino known as Jim Stansel
  • Kerri Kenney known as Lynette (as Kerri Kenney-Silver)
  • A.D. Miles known as Martin
  • Joe Lo Truglio known as Kuzzik
  • Matt Walsh known as Davith of Glencracken
  • Nicole Randall Johnson known as Karen
  • Alexandra Stamler known as Esplen (as Allie Stamler)
  • Carly Craig known as Connie
  • Jessica Morris known as Linda the Teacher
  • Vincent Martella known as Artonius
  • Armen Weitzman known as Party Dude
  • Jorma Taccone known as Mitch from Graphics
  • Nate Hartley known as Rule Master
  • David Wain known as Chevron Baine
  • Amanda Righetti known as Isabel
  • Shane Arenal known as Student in Hall
  • Tina Casciani known as Gretchen
  • Nina Hellman known as Barista
  • Louis C.K. known as Security Guard (as Louis CK)
  • Zaid Farid known as Tow Truck Driver
  • Hunter Brochu known as Boy in Video
  • Zandy Hartig known as Panda Loving Big
  • Keegan Michael Key known as Duane (as Keegan-Michael Key)
  • Emily Mostyn-Brown known as Laire Singer
  • Joshua L.K. Patterson known as Gleebo (as Joshua Patterson)
  • Peter Salett known as Ladislas of Leisure
  • Lorna Scott known as Horse Scooter Woman
  • Caleb Matthew Collins known as Little at Campfire (as Caleb Collins)
  • Nick Nervies known as Ronnie's Friend JJ
  • Kurt Doss known as Ronnie's Friend Kyle
  • Tajh Bellow known as Ronnie's Friend Zak
  • Shawn Huang known as Ronnie's Friend Little Jack
  • Seth Herzog known as Bell-Ringing Winged Creature
  • Eva Card known as Chocolate Strawberry Girl
  • James Henderson known as Party Goer
  • Jenny Robertson known as Elevator Mom
  • Jeanine Jackson known as Burger Hole Waitress
  • Matt Ballard known as Valconian Swordsman
  • Cody Lawrence known as Skateboard Kid
  • Arturo Gil known as Chip Monk Puppeteer (as Art Gil)
  • Cindy Sorenson known as Chip Monk Puppeteer (as Cindy Sorensen)
  • Rio Ahn known as Larp (uncredited)
  • Heather Black known as Casadonian Larp (uncredited)
  • Jenn Gotzon known as Sexy Hiker (uncredited)
  • Mark Kubr known as Centaur man (uncredited)
  • Michelle Lenhardt known as Sarah – Beth's Friend (uncredited)
  • Joey Magnusson known as Big at Campfire (uncredited)
  • Matt Malloy known as David Garvin (uncredited)
  • Taylor Mills known as Warrior Princess (uncredited)
  • Michael Molthen known as Larp (uncredited)
  • Martin Pierron known as LARP Elf (uncredited)
  • Eric Shackelford known as Glencraken Knight (uncredited)
  • George Sharperson known as Jailer (uncredited)
  • Gary Sievers known as Cassadonian LARP (uncredited)
  • Jobeth Wagner known as Larper (uncredited)
  • Stephen Weese known as Pirate (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Ken Diaz known as makeup department head: Laire sequences
  • Adruitha Lee known as hair stylist department head
  • Viviane Normand known as hair stylist (as Vivian Normand)
  • Suzi Ostos known as makeup artist: Mr. Scott
  • Nena Smarz known as makeup department head (as Nena Smarz-O'Carroll)
  • Kelvin R. Trahan known as hair stylist department head: additional photography (as Kelvin Trahan)
  • Judy Yonemoto known as key makeup artist
  • Barney Burman known as makeup artist: Sean William Scott, reshoots (uncredited)
  • Essie Cha known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Brent Keene known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Brad Look known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Vincent Prentice known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Sabine Roller known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Jose Zamora known as hair stylist (uncredited)
  • Debbie Zoller known as makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Laine Abramson known as set decorating buyer
  • Charlsey Adkins known as graphics coordinator
  • Matthew Kern Atzenhoffer known as swing gang (as Matthew Atzenhoffer)
  • Perry Bachelor known as swing gang (as Perry Batchelor)
  • Ellis J. Barbacoff known as assistant property master
  • Steve Barsony known as swing gang
  • Greg Benson known as mill foreman
  • Cliff Bergman known as construction foreman
  • Tony Bonaventura known as property master
  • James W. Boyce known as swing gang (as James Boyce)
  • Chris Childers known as swing gang
  • Paul Cunningham known as set decorating gang boss
  • Mario D'Alfonso known as labor foreman
  • Dennis DeWaay known as construction coordinator
  • James Diggs known as paint foreman (as James N. Diggs)
  • Brock Helfer known as swing gang
  • Darryl Henley known as storyboard artist
  • John B. Josselyn known as assistant art director (as Johnny Jos)
  • Gary Leshner known as swing gang
  • Jack Lineweaver known as art department production assistant
  • Nancy Lowry known as swing gang
  • Anuradha Mehta known as set decorator: additional photography (as Radha Mehta)
  • John Naehrlich known as leadman
  • James Nedza known as art director: additional photography (as Jim Nedza)
  • Greg Nestor known as swing gang
  • Joe Olsen known as swing gang (as Joseph Olsen)
  • Christopher Pappas known as assistant property master (as Chris Pappy Pappas)
  • Paul Sonski known as set designer
  • Karen Teneyck known as graphic designer
  • Tommy Tomlinson known as property master: additional photography
  • Kathleen Walker known as art department coordinator
  • Kevan Weber known as swing gang
  • Dennis Winters known as on-set dresser (as Dennis L. Winters)
  • Carl Denooyer known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • James Gambino known as typesetting (uncredited)
  • Tommy Gutman known as assistant props: additional photography (uncredited)
  • Moe Moe Lwin known as buyer: re-shoot (uncredited)
  • Aimee O'Shea known as props: reshoots (uncredited)
  • Lee Ross known as lead scenic: reshoots (uncredited)
  • Mark Sakamoto known as leadman: additional photography (uncredited)
  • Chris Samp known as stand-by painter (uncredited)
  • F. Andrew Scott known as paint gangboss (uncredited)
  • Adam Tankell known as graphic designer: minotaur (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Stuber/Parent
  • Internationale Filmproduktion Stella-del-Süd
  • New Regency Pictures
  • WideAwake

Other Companies:

  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Back Lot Music  soundtrack
  • Boys and Girls Club of Venice  special thanks
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • DeCrescet / Rotter  music contractor (as DeCrescent/Rotter)
  • El Segundo High School  special thanks
  • Executive Assurance  security
  • Go For Locations  locations equipment rentals
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Intrada  score album released by
  • Iron Liege  LARP weapons and shields
  • J.L. Fisher  camera support
  • LARP Alliance  special thanks (as The LARP Alliance)
  • Mario's Studio Services  catering
  • Picture Mill, The  main and end title design (as Picture Mill)
  • Right Lobe Design Group  end crawl
  • Rockbottom Rentals  Nextel cell phone rentals
  • Smith & Webster-Davis Casting  extras casting
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Soundtrack  adr facility
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate
  • Universal Studios Sound Facilities  sound re-recording facility (as Universal Studios Sound)
  • Walter Reed Middle School  special thanks
  • Warner Brothers Eastwood Scoring Stage  score recording and mixing facility (as The Eastwood Scoring Stage)


  • Universal Studios (2008) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Universal Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2009) (Estonia) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2009) (Latvia) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2009) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Cinemax (2011) (Hungary) (TV)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Finnkino (2009) (Finland) (all media)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2010) (USA) (TV)
  • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL5)
  • RTL (2011) (Germany) (TV)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Greece) (DVD)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Argentina) (all media)
  • Universal Pictures Benelux (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Universal Pictures (2009) (Japan) (DVD) (rental)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

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Special Effects:

  • Pacific Vision Productions (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Lindsay Anderson known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Ryan Beadle known as digital I/O (uncredited)
  • Mark Fletcher known as screen graphics designer (uncredited)
  • Sarah Grieshammer known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Shaina Holmes known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Paulina Kuszta known as visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
  • Erin L. Nelson known as digital restoration (uncredited)
  • Wilson Tang known as digital restoration (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 22 October 2008 (Westwood, California) (premiere)
  • USA 7 November 2008
  • Bulgaria 2 January 2009
  • Ireland 9 January 2009
  • UK 9 January 2009
  • Australia 15 January 2009
  • Croatia 15 January 2009
  • Netherlands 16 January 2009 (Amsterdam) (premiere)
  • Iceland 23 January 2009
  • Latvia 23 January 2009
  • New Zealand 29 January 2009
  • Spain 30 January 2009
  • Belgium 4 February 2009
  • France 4 February 2009
  • Estonia 6 February 2009
  • United Arab Emirates 12 February 2009
  • Mexico 20 February 2009
  • Switzerland 25 February 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Germany 26 February 2009
  • Kazakhstan 26 February 2009
  • Malaysia 26 February 2009
  • Russia 26 February 2009
  • Singapore 26 February 2009
  • Switzerland 26 February 2009 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 27 February 2009
  • Denmark 27 February 2009
  • Lithuania 27 February 2009
  • Panama 27 February 2009
  • Egypt 4 March 2009
  • Netherlands 12 March 2009
  • Peru 16 April 2009
  • Colombia 17 April 2009
  • Czech Republic 18 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 20 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 22 May 2009
  • Brazil 3 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Ecuador 12 June 2009
  • Argentina 24 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Bolivia 30 July 2009
  • Japan 5 August 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 8 September 2011 (TV premiere)
  • Hungary 8 October 2011 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for crude and sexual content, strong language and nudity


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