Teach your children

During my senior year of high school I signed up to participate in a Big Brother program. I think it was the lure of easy credits that got me involved because I dont remember having any profound desire to inspire a wayward youth. Whatever the case, after a couple preparatory sessions, I was assigned a seventh grader who was having difficulties integrating. Now, my preconceived idea of being a Big Brother involved me tossing around a ball or helping tutor a scrawny kid from a disadvantaged family. I imagined us talking about sports or girls with me occasionally mussing up his hair and putting him into a friendly headlock. And, of course, in the background of our adventures the theme song from the Courtship of Eddies Father would be playing. As it turned out, my little brother was anything but. At nearly six-feet tall and well over 200 hundred pounds, this kid easily outweighed me by more than 40 pounds. Compared to his classmates, he was a man among children. And as far as sports and girls were concerned, he had a vile disdain for both. I tried to connect with my Little Brother on a variety of levels but he showed little interest in anything. Nothing seemed to excite or inspire him and when I asked him what his life dream was, he responded, invisibility. One day, just when I was about to give up, I noticed a copy of Mad Magazine tucked inside his notebook (only a few years earlier, I was cover-to-cover reader of Mad). After I inquired about the periodical, my little brother sheepishly unveiled a notebook filled with hand-drawn cartoons. Eureka! From that point forward, we were connected by our inherent love of sick and twisted doodling. I believe we spent the rest of our time together drawing pictures that any school therapist would have classified as alarming. I had pretty much forgotten about my little brother until I went to see this weeks feature, Role Models, a film that mimicked many of my own experiences. Im not sure where he is today but Id like to think my little brother found his calling and developed into a respectable young man, albeit one with a very strange sense of humor. Role Models follows the lives of two middle-aged men who must decide between going to prison and being involved in a Big Brother program. Obviously they choose the latter even though neither one of them enjoys the company of children. To make matters worse, the two are paired up with the agencys most difficult prospects. There is no doubt that Role Models contains an abundance of humorous scenes, some even laugh-out-loud funny. However, because of a somewhat elementary storyline, this film ends up as little more than forgettable. If youre in the mood for a few good laughs but dont require much cinematic substance, then this film should suffice. If you insist on a little more meat to your comedy, go see the new James Bond film (just to get the juices flowing) and then rent a classic comedy like Theres Something About Mary. A listless C for Role Models. Video pick of the week Gunnin For That #1 Spot Each year, millions of kids dream about being offered a scholarship to play college basketball. Only a small fraction will succeed. This weeks video selection, Gunnin For That #1 Spot, is a documentary about eight of the nations premiere high school players as they gather to play in the Elite 24 All-Star Basketball Tournament in New York City. What you witness is not only great athletic ability, but also the underbelly of professional sports and how children are manipulated by a powerful system. Check this one out if you love college basketball. Theres a good chance the players highlighted in this film will be major stars one day. Got a question or comment for Dom? Contact him at moviediary@comcast.net.

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