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Posted: Thursday, November 13, 2008 12:00 am

This was a very interesting movie for me because at the heart of it is an extremely heart-warming family dramedy about finding out how you fit in in the world. However, surrounding the heart-warming dramedy is a perverted, albeit hilarious, sex comedy to which no one under 15, or over 60, should be subjected.

    Danny (Paul Rudd) is an extremely unhappy fellow. He hates his job hawking Minotaur energy drink to school children as a substitute for drugs. He hates his coworkers, and most of all he just hates people. When his girlfriend Beth (Elizabeth Banks) dumps him after he berates a Starbucks employee about the size descriptions of their coffee, vente is the only one that actually doesn’t mean large, he snaps. Danny and his Minotaur mascot buddy Wheeler (Seann William Scott) have a little trouble with the law. The result: to avoid jail time, the pair is forced into 150 hours of community service with a local mentorship program.

    Wheeler gets paired with a young, defiant African American boy named Ronnie (Bobb’e J. Thompson), let the pedophile jokes begin, and Danny gets assigned Auggie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), an escapist introvert caught up in a Dungeons and Dragons-esque Medieval battle game, let the gay jokes begin.

    I winced at times, I rolled my eyes at times, but I laughed and laughed, almost as much as the five stoned guys behind me. I even got a little choked up as these four flawed characters each learn from the others, the men as much, if not more than, the boys. It's an 8.

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