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Sean William Scott and Paul Rudd are Awesome in the Consistently Hilarious Role Models

Maybe I’m just really imature and like boob jokes and cursing (well, not maybe – for sure), but I thought that Role Models was awesome. I laughed from the first scene to the last. The jokes were gratuitous, unnecessary, vulgar and sure to offend. In short, they were my favorite kinds of jokes.

Both kids were excellent. The adults were too. Jane Lynch, who played Gale Sweeney and whom you may remember as the electronic store manager from The 40 Year Old Virgin was over the top but really entertaining. No one in this movie was cast poorly from the parents to the extras.

One could argue that this movie had little of value to offer, but I disagree. For the two main characters, it was a tale of growing up and coming to appreciate that there’s more to life than just themselves. For two kids, it was a story of getting noticed, appreciated and loved. People grew up, people learned, and people loved. What I’m trying to say is that many of the characters were dynamic and the story went some were.

What’s more awesome is that the story went there fast. This movie was an hour and a half. You may have caught from my rant in my review of Body of Lies that long movies piss me off. This movie didn’t have any extra material. It went from start to finish with laughs and humor and good times, and unlike this rambling review, it didn’t muck about and make me wonder why I was sitting there, watching a scene for ten minutes before a half-hearted punch-line laugh brought it to a close.

Basically, if you love sick and vulgar, funny and entertaining, then this movie is for you. I give it 8 Chocolate Salty Balls.

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Ben Stiller’s Tropic Thunder with Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. Lambasts Hollywood as This Summer’s Sensational Satire

Few movies have started this awesome – with so much spunk, cursing and hilariousness. The opening minute is just ridiculous. Though I can’t say the movie maintains this level of absurdity through the duration, there are numerous great scenes and funny lines. At the very least, it’s entirely ridiculous.

This seems to have been the brainchild of Ben Stiller, who really did do an excellent job, but I can’t say that anyone wasn’t great, including Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. I’m not going to tell you all of the cameos and other funny people that appeared because catching them all is half the fun.

A large point of the movie was to lambast Hollywood for its celebrity idiocy, absurdity and general way of doing things, from the rich Jewish moguls at the top, to the insecure big name actors and the idealistic new actors – and every level of fake, pretentious, nonsensical bullshit in between and around them all. In that respect, the movie gets an A+. What a great job it did, really taking its mockery to the next level.

Without taking away from certain jokes, cameos and lines, there’s not too much more I feel I can say, other than to let you know if this will be for you. It is vulgar, very rated R for language and grossness (though much of the blood and guts is meant to look fake to emphasize the Hollywoodness of it), and filled with cultural jokes, movie trivia/history and stupid people to laugh at. If these things aren’t up your alley – particularly satire as an artform – then this movie is definitely not for you. If you enjoy any of those things, especially when they’re executed in wonderful ways that keep a smile on your face for over 50% of the time you’re in the movie, then I’d check this out.

I award it a solid 8 Chocolate Salty Balls. A great end-of-summer movie. Get your own copy: Tropic Thunder.

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