Plot ~ Two loser friends learn life lessons and discover the joys of Live Action Role-Playing whilst mentoring troubled kids.
The Arcade of Arts & Arcana (www.lilywight.com) is earning those Versatile Blogger Awards this month with movie reviews covering the sublime to the ridiculous: first a Shakespearean adaptation and now crass comedy with Role Models.
Fans of the Judd Apatow stable will find a cosy familiarity in this loose, warm and utterly shameless Bromance.
Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott have spent their entire careers perfecting their respective “cynical every-man” and “irritating yet amiable doofus” personas. Such perfect casting, with strong cameo support, leaves room for improvisation with throw-away innuendo to spare.
It isn’t all perfect – ooh look boobies and a kid that swears – but Role Models has a mighty heart; most apparent when the men who can’t grow-up bond with and learn responsibility from kids who are old before their time.
Role Models successfully negotiates that fine line between spite and spoof with its unexpected focus on the world of Live Action Role-Play (or LARPing). Comedies don’t usually end with a full-scale sword and sorcery battle but big laughs and air-punching combine to deliver something truly triumphant.
You will never view Kiss in the same light again.
Verdict ~ Kiss-My-Anthia
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