Role Models Sets Bad Example
Critics mixed on man-child laffer
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Nov 7, 2008 12:11 PM CST

(Newser) – The "shamelessly stoopid, proudly profane R-rated comedy” Role Models, the story of two immature men forced to take care of kids, is “killer funny,” writes Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. But other critics aren’t so sure. “A lot of Role Models is plain old tin,” says Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune.

A “crass comedy with loads of heart,” the film “wobbles like crazy en route to a surprisingly strong finish,” Phillips writes. But Stephen Holden of the New York Times wasn’t sitting in the same row. The “finale pours sugar and cream on everything and turns it to mush,” he writes, praising Jane Lynch’s acting as the only thing saving the flick from “utter banality.”