Role Models


Danny and Wheeler travel from school to school doing a "just say no to drugs" dog-and-pony show, the real purpose of which is to sell energy drinks.  They are two guys going nowhere, although the difference between them is that Wheeler doesn't care. He's an overgrown frat boy whose life revolves around parties and poontang, and he actually enjoys wearing a minotaur suit all day. Danny, however, once envisioned a real life, and has fallen into a deep and gloomy state of permanent depression.

Danny has a particularly bad day and loses it, causing the two of them to get sentenced to 150 hours of community service in lieu of jail time. They get assigned to the judge's favorite charity, which is kind of a "big brother" organization which pairs up male volunteers with boys who need adult male role models. Wheeler (Stifler) is paired with a foul-mouthed black kid with a real attitude, and Danny (Paul Rudd) is paired with an older teen (McLovin) who is lost in a fantasy world of live-action role playing in which the participants create medieval kingdoms. It's kind of like playing Dungeons and Dragons in the park with plastic swords.

The film often misfires when it parodies the big brother organizations, and the basic storyline progresses like about a hundred movies you've already seen. In fact, you already know exactly what will happen, believe me. On the other hand, the characters are drawn from life, the dialogue has a certain raunchy charm, and the film has several good things going for it:

1. The scenes involving the role-playing game are very entertaining. The film somehow manages to present this world (which really exists) in a humorous light, but without contempt. Indeed, Danny's contemptuous first impression is soundly rebuked by his character arc. Damn, I promised myself I would never use the term "character arc." That means I've now used every cliché in the English language except "deconstruct."

2. Jane Lynch, as the head of the big brother group, is wildly funny and sometimes so far off-the-wall that her lines are utterly baffling, which somehow makes them funnier. (I wonder how much she ad-libbed.) She manages to exude an aura of insanity beneath the tough-hearted compassion she shows for the kids, all while constantly reminding the adults that she used to suck cocks for blow (and she uses those words).

3. There are three or four scenes that had me howling out loud at the dialogue. Two examples:

In one scene, McLovin gets a bunch of laughs by delivering a stirring speech to his medieval warriors, an inspirational call to battle might rival Kenneth Branagh's in Henry V - except that McLovin peppers it with x-rated 21st street slang and incongruously dwells on the anachronistic fact that he looks like a young Marvin Hammlich. (Which he does, now that I think about it.)

In another, which has absolutely nothing to do with the plot, Danny's lawyer girlfriend tries to get a client to accept a plea bargain instead of pleading not guilty, which he insists he must do despite the fact that he was caught burglarizing a store on the security cam. His defense of "that could be any bald guy" to the first part of the tape is somewhat belied by the next part, in which he announces his name and crime on the tape by saying something incriminating to his crony - something to the effect of: "Whoever thought that I, Joe So-and-so, would be here in the Best Buy Warehouse on July 4th, 2007, stealing all the Panasonic XD-17 Plasma TVs?" No matter. He still insists he is innocent.

Bottom line: a pleasant, raunchy, adolescent way to pass the time! I enjoyed it.

(Critics were split down the middle, and none were rabidly enthusiastic, but the IMDb fanboys love it to the tune of 8.0, thus giving McLovin's Henry V impersonation a higher score than Branagh actually received for Shakespeare's version.)

Cam-quality videos. (Not my videos. I haven't seen a screener yet, and actually saw this one in the theater!)



  • * Yellow asterisk: funny (maybe).

  • * White asterisk: expanded format.

  • * Blue asterisk: not mine.

  • No asterisk: it probably sucks.


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Mary-Louise Parker, from last year's episodes, again in HD.

Season 3, episode 7. Sample below.

Season 3, episode 13. Sample below.







This section will present Defoe's film clips to accompany Charlie's collages, which are found on his own site.

Today's clip is Marthe Moudiki-Moreau in Le Soulier de Satin. She's obscure, but it's a great clip in which she's dancing around stark naked and oiled up.







Notes and collages

Sex and the City - The Movie


Cynthia Nixon

This is actually a surprisingly good sex scene.








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Maria Barranco in Stormy Weather

Film Clips

Genevieve Bujold in Dead Ringers (Samples right)

I don't have a clip for these, but while we're on the subject of Dead Ringers, here's some still frames of Nina von Palleske

Linda Hamilton in Separate Lives. (Sample right)

Esther Zimmering in Mutig in der Neusen Zeiten - (Sample right)

Sandra Bullock's one and only naughty scene, in the atrocious Fire on the Amazon, which inspired one of my nastier reviews

The women of The Hazing: Bernadette Wilkes, Nectar Rose, and Tiffany Shepis

Bobbie Phillips in The Hustle

Caprice Benedetti in The Brotherhood again, this time in episode 3.

Carla Gallo in last Sunday's Californication, this time in HD. Samples below.