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I Love You, Man

I Love You Man

Review by Chris Maitland

“Man-date” - a social outing between two straight men

I Love You, Man brings a whole host of different terms such as this one. The film has a very unique premise and I applaud writer/director John Hamburg for bringing that to the table.  I was pretty excited for this film going in, due to its original and very funny concept.  It also had quite the impressive ensemble cast including Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Jane Curtain and J.K Simmons. This film had a winning formula set up for it and it succeeded.

The premise is fantastic: Peter Klaven (Rudd) is a successful real estate agent with a beautiful fiancee named Zoe (Jones).  During the process of planning their wedding, the subject of Peter’s lack of male friends is brought up. In order to rectify the situation a series of man-dates are set for Peter in order to find a best man. Those hopes are dashed after a series of hilarious miscues, but during one of Peter’s open houses (for his client, the one and only Lou Ferrigno, who is terrific playing himself), he meets Sydney Fife (Segel). Sydney is kind of a loose cannon and an interesting man and is exactly what Peter is looking for in a friend, beginning with their dual fanatical man-love for the rock group Rush.

I am going to start off by saying this movie is hilarious. John Hamburg crafted a very witty and original script. The film is very quotable and I can foresee the “Slappin Da Bass” sequence being quoted for years to come. The script was very well-written, and the story made you care a lot about the characters, and a majority of them are funny in their own unique ways.

Another strong point with this film is the excellent chemistry between Rudd and Segel. These two clicked so well and their energy/abilty to feed off each other is just impeccable. I applaud who ever made the decision to cast these two men together in this film because they are two of the funniest actors in Hollywood today. It was also pretty cool to see Paul Rudd playing a character rather different from his past roles, who were often depressed or pessimistic guys (like in Role Models); this go-round he played a character with a positive outlook on life, and it was nice to see that.

If you are fan of comedies this a really good one to check out.  It has a wide range of humor with jokes that range from obscure pop-culture references (which I am personally a big fan of) to sex to physical humor.  And then Rush gives a concert.   There is something for everyone is this highly amusing romp. It is completely worth your time and money.

4 / 5 stars 

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