ATB’s Top 25 Comedies: (9) Role Models

This is At the Buzzer’s countdown of the best 25 comedies of all-time. Our panel of 10 cast their votes, and we’re revealing the results one by one until we get to No. 1 on Tuesday, May 10.

And now, our number 9:

9) Role Models (1 vote, 200 points)

No, venti is twenty. Large is large. In fact, tall is large and grande is Spanish for large. Venti is the only one that doesn’t mean large. It’s also the only one that’s Italian. Congratulations, you’re stupid in three languages.

Chris: This is going to be one of the worst entries I’ve ever written on this site (and we’re going on six years and 2,500 posts by now), but…I haven’t seen this, and I know virtually nothing about it. For everything else in the top 25, I’ve either seen it multiple times, seen it once or heard a ton about it. Not so much here. I think I saw like 20 minutes of this flipping channels on TV once?

Years ago I might have tried to sneak in a quick viewing or bullshit my way through a short write-up pretending I know what I’m talking about. But I respect you, the reader, too much to lie to you. It’s a very respectful relationship we have.

So if Shaun decides to chime in (because this was his number one pick), perhaps we’ll learn more about the mystery that is Role Models. Or perhaps you’ve seen it and you’re like “Yeah, awesome, it’s in the top 10!” It’s a world of unknowns, baby. Otherwise, you can tell me in the comments whether I’m missing out — there’s enough names here like Paul Rudd and Jane Lynch and Keegan-Michael Key that I might be interested.

Cary: I know I saw this moving because I remember all the LARPing stuff and how well Christopher Mintz-Plasse performed in his role. I guess that’s really all. (And I know neither Michael Cera nor Jesse Eisenberg were anywhere near this flick.)



Honorable Mention




(25) The Princess Bride

(24) Shaun of the Dead

(23) Arsenic and Old Lace

(22) Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

(21) The Big Lebowski

(20) Young Frankenstein

(19) Zombieland

(18) Liar Liar

(17) Blazing Saddles

(16) My Cousin Vinny

(15) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story

(14) 21 Jump Street

(13) What We Do in the Shadows

(12) Airplane!

(11) Tropic Thunder

(10) Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery


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2 thoughts on “ATB’s Top 25 Comedies: (9) Role Models

  1. Role Models is highly underrated. Few movies successfully combine so many levels of comedy they way it is done here. It also manages to make absurd situations seem entirely feasible, realistic even. Role Models is a joy. I highly recommend it.

  2. I liked the movie and I remember it being funny in parts (my memory is fuzzy because it has been a long time since I’ve seen this movie). I largely enjoyed it for the actors, like Paul Rudd, but I can’t really say if you’re missing out if you don’t watch it at some point? Maybe watch it because of the likable actors in this movie?

    And your honesty for not seeing this movie is greatly appreciated (a good quality you have by the way), but I think you write good enough to have pulled off a bullshit post for most of us not to have noticed if you truly watched the movie or not.

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