Role Models Unrated Edition DVD Review

Role Models DVD coverIf you missed Role Models in theaters… what the hell is wrong with you? The Paul Rudd/Seann William Scott comedy is one of the funniest of 2008, as long as you like Judd Apatow kind of humor. Apatow, by the way, is not involved in this movie, but McLovin’ from Superbad is. Oh, and Elizabeth Banks. And Jane Lynch, who is absolutely hilarious.

Role Models is about two guys who work for an energy drink company who, after getting in an accident, are forced to do community service at a Big Brother/Big Sister-esque organization called Sturdy Wings. The two are paired with two troubled children, the antisocial McLovin’ who is most interested in medieval warfare and a foul-mouthed youngster who is… well, foul-mouthed. While at first at odds with their “littles,” they soon form a bond with the kids.

Sounds touching, doesn’t it? Well, it’s also an R-rated, profanity-laden laughfest, so if you’re looking for a nice family comedy, look elsewhere. Role Models comes to DVD this Tuesday, March 10, 2009, and the one-disc DVD comes with both the theatrical and unrated version. As one would expect from the unrated version, Universal simply tacked on three extra minutes to make it such. In other words, don’t expect anything too amazing that you didn’t see in the original version.

As far as bonus features go, the DVD does include a lot of deleted and alternate scenes. Unfortunately, save for a few, most of these were deleted for good reason. While fun to watch, very few are particularly funny or worthwhile. Thankfully, there are also some blooper, which do provide some good laughs.

In addition to a feature commentary with director David Wain, an on-the-set featurette gives a brief glimpse at what was going on behind the camera. I just watched this an hour ago and don’t remember anything about it.

The funniest items on the disc are a group of improvised interviews with some of the characters, mainly those from the medieval warfare game. Some of these characters are pretty funny, and the actors seem to have fun offering one last extension to their creations before they are retired forever.

Role Models is a great movie that’s worth owning, but the bonus features do little to push those on the cusp over the edge. You can watch all of the special features in half an hour, and very few of them offer any real laughs.

By Erik Samdahl
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