Picks and Pans Review: Role Models

updated 11/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/17/2008 AT 01:00 AM EST

Seann William Scott, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks | R

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I'm grading—see the stars above—on a curve here. As casual comedies go, Role Models is smarter than most, deftly acted and rarely pushes its jokes too hard. It's about two salesmen (Scott and Rudd) who, to avoid jail time after a minor legal run-in, reluctantly sign up to serve as big brothers to a foul-mouthed boy and a nerdy teen (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Superbad's McLovin', who's again hilarious). Playing a guy who initially wallows in his own misanthropy, the always appealing Rudd imbues even peevishness with comic charm.

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