Crude Comedy Is Full of Gags; Also Released ROLE MODELS (15, 98 Mins) Comedy. Paul Rudd, Seann William Scott, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Bobb'e J Thompson, Jane Lynch, Elizabeth Banks, Ken Jeong, Alexandra Stamler. Director: David Wain. SWEARING; SEX; VIOLENCE ***

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THE latest foul-mouthed bro-mantic comedy cast in the Judd Apatow mould (Superbad, Step Brothers, Pineapple Express) is a genuinely funny escapade that milks every guffaw from its predictable fish-outof- water scenario.

Role Models doesn't deviate once from a well-trodden path of breast gags, wanton stupidity and hardfought redemption, but David Wain's film has an undeniable charm and some terrific one-liners as it extols the virtues of fraternal love.

The lively patter between lead stars Paul Rudd, who co-wrote the script, and Seann William Scott, as a pair of puerile 30-something degenerates forced to think like adults for once, wins us over.

Inevitably, by becoming mentors to two troubled youths, these men behaving badly grow up and finally lead by example, proving that responsible adults aren't afraid to don copious face make-up and tights in public.

Danny Donahue (Rudd) and his best buddy Wheeler (Scott) work for the same energy drink company, touting a noxious, fizzy brew called Minotaur to bored children.

After an unfortunate altercation at one school, the two men are sentenced to 150 hours of community service and reluctantly head for the Sturdy Wings mentoring programme run by reformed addict Gayle Sweeny (Lynch).

She assigns Danny and Wheeler a troubled kid apiece - fantasy roleplaying game obsessive Augie (Mintz-Plasse) and foul-mouthed 10- year-old Ronnie (Thompson) - and instructs the men to use their allotted time to get to know the boys and bring them out of their shells. …


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