In the past couple of weeks, PJ and I have had the opportunity to see three movies, I Love You, Man, Adventureland, and Role Models, but I haven’t had time to write reviews. So, I thought I’d quickly try to catch up.

I’ll start with my favorite of the three: Role Models, which stars Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott as two men sentenced to community service work with children. Here’s the trailer:

Rudd plays Danny, who’s fed up with just about everything in his life. When his girlfriend dumps him rather than accept his marriage proposal, Danny goes off the deep end and causes an accident. The judge sentences him and his sidekick, Wheeler, played by Scott, to work at a big brothers kind of program for kids called Sturdy Wings. Danny is paired with a kid named Augie, played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who loves Medieval fantasy role-playing, and Wheeler is assigned to Ronnie, played by Bobb’e J. Thompson, a precocious, potty-mouthed Black kid.

Of course these two men learn to grow up and take charge of their lives. It’s all very predictable, but I really enjoyed it. Rudd is excellent as the sad-sack prude, and Scott is great in the role of irresponsible playboy.

But this movie belongs to Mintz-Plasse, Thompson, and the brilliant Jane Lynch. Lynch plays the founder and director of Sturdy Wings. She is a comedic genius. We were both about to pee our pants during her scenes.

I Love You, Man is also a Paul Rudd film. In this one, Rudd plays a man, Peter, about to get married, but he doesn’t have any close male friends to stand up for him at the wedding. So, he goes out in search of a new best man. Here’s the trailer:

The new best friend, Sydney, is played by Jason Segel, a schlub who ends up putting Peter’s relationship with his fiancee, Zooey, played by Rashida Jones, to the test. The variation on the usual plot is the addition of Andy Samberg as Peter’s gay brother, Robbie. Robbie specializes in picking up straight men. This adds an interesting wrinkle to the comedy, but the movie doesn’t really do enough with this addition. Consequently, This movie is pleasant and entertaining but also predictable.

I’ve been looking forward to seeing Adventureland since we first saw the trailer at another movie:

It stars Jesse Eisenberg as James, a recent college grad who finds himself working in his hometown amusement park during the summer between graduation and graduate school. James is still a virgin, so when he meets and begins a romance with Em, played by Kristen Stewart, he has high hopes. That she is having an affair with a married man, played by Ryan Reynolds, complicates this possibility, of course.

Overall, I thought Adventureland was a solid movie, but it too was too predictable. I think it was the Entertainment Weekly review that said it seems like it was recycled from several other movies. I think that’s true, but I enjoyed it overall. I didn’t buy Reynolds in the Lothario role, but Eisenberg is really good. (And he’s really cute!)

All three of these movie were fun and entertaining. Role Models is my favorite of the three. I was also pleased to see that Rudd co-wrote the film. According to imdb.com, this was Rudd’s first co-writing gig. If so, it definitely bodes well for his future script writing. I’m also looking forward to seeing more from Eisenberg.

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