Role Models' vicious attack on the Denver omelette

Ken Jeong gives Paul Rudd the finger in Role Models.

Role Models, a new flick co-starring Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott as energy-drink salesmen forced to take part in a mentorship program after briefly going rogue, has some pretty funny bits -- although there's a little too much learning going on, if you know what I mean. Still, the moment that will stick with many locals involves Ken Jeong, the Knocked Up vet who plays King Argotron, ruler of the realm among participants in a medieval game called LAIRE (it stands for "Live Action Interactive Role-play Explorers"). Rudd's character is apologizing to the ridiculous monarch, who's in full costume as he sits at a table in a fast-food restaurant called the Burger Hole, when a waitress interrupts to ask who ordered the Denver omelette. When Argotron speaks up, the audience is supposed to laugh.

Do the filmmakers think a Denver omelette is funny in and of itself? Or does it strike them as the ultimate nerd food -- the twerpiest thing a breakfaster could possibly order? Hard to say. But if these fancy-pants Hollywood types don't stop making fun of our cuisine, maybe we should make them eat a few dozen Rocky Mountain oysters. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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