"ROLE MODELS" is one of those rare comedies, that somehow succeeds in bridging the gap between being crude and heart-warming, and stupid to witty. While the plot's opening sequence, revolving around how the two main characters,(Paul Rudd and Sean William Scott)promoters for an energy drink, end up being court-ordered to participate as counselors for a teen anti-drug program, is so far from any level of reality, that is endangers the rest of the film, it gets back on track somehow. The film continues to stop in its comedy potential, whenever the jokes that don't work, all featuring the camp's "overseer," are thankfully brief and far between. The two underprivileged kids the two men are in charge over, fail to deliver the full comic potential one hopes for, but "ROLE MODELS" ultimately delivers enough hard laughs to make it enjoyable, even on repeated viewings, making it easily recommended for including in any comedy film lover's collection. If not for the nudity and language, the bulk of the film actually shows enough heart for mature under 17 viewers.
UNIVERSAL has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray release. It's surprising to find a comedy that wasn't massively marketed, or anywhere near a box-office hit, to look so incredibly great on blu-ray! WOW! Colors are rich and virtually every scene offers the kind of jump-off-the-screen depth one hopes for with blu-ray, and delivers! The blacks are inky, allowing for flawless depth in the darkest settings. Grain is minimal and in keeping with the theatrical presentation. "ROLE MODELS" looks stunning from beginning-to-end!
UNIVERSAL has provided a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. As with most comedy mixes, surrounds are restrained, and stand out the most when boosting the film's score. There are some discrete effects focused towards front speakers, popping up sporadically, but for the most part, "ROLE MODELS" is a center-channel focused mix.
UNIVERSAL has included a bunch of extras for this release! To begin with, there are almost an hour of deleted/extended scenes, whereas the dvd offers only about 20 minutes worth! Most of these are hilarious. A commentary with the writer/director is included, but it gets dull, fast. There are some bloopers(pretty funny) and of course, both the theatrical and unrated version. There's only 3 minutes of extra footage in the unrated version, but it's still slightly better. The option for either is available at the start of the film via options for seamless branching.
UNIVERSAL is also including plenty of BD-LIVE extras upon street date!