Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Review: I Love You, Man

Grade: C+

I Love You, Man is a bromantic comedy about Peter Klaven, played by Paul Rudd (Role Models, Knocked Up) who gets engaged to his girlfriend Zooey, Played by Rashida Jones (TVs The Office), then realizes he doesn't really have any guy friends to be his groomsmen. He then goes out to try to make some male friends until he finally comes across Sydney Fife, played by Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), an honest and eccentric investor. While the two form a close bond rather quickly, this bond is also putting a strain on Peter and Zooey's relationship.

Paul Rudd is very funny throughout most of the movie, every time he tries to do an imitation or accent he "sounds like a leprechaun", but the gag of "he doesn't know how to make friends with men" gets pretty old pretty quick. After going on a couple failed, but amusing, "man dates" he finally manages to casually meet Sydney, they have a very entertaining conversation and exchange phone numbers. What then proceeds is Peter trying to work up the courage to call for a while, then when they talk on the phone Peter is very awkward and says weird things, then when they start to hang out Peter is again awkward and says weird things that make no sense. This gets dragged out for a little to long to me but once that is over the movie gets funny again.

Peter Segal is very entertaining as Sydney with many great lines and some random scenes of craziness. One of the funniest parts of the movie is when Segel starts a fight with the Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno, Lou proceeds to put him in a sleeper hold. The supporting cast was great as well, Jamie Pressly and Sarah Burns are great as Zooey's two best friends and maid of honors. Sarah Burns is very funny throughout the movie as Hailey who is desperate to find a date. Jon Favreau plays Pressly's husband Barry, who is a bit of a jerk in the movie and really doesn't like Rudd's character. Andy Samburg who really only works well in small doses was great as Peter's gay brother who tries to help find him a best friend. Lastly, Jane Curtin and J.K. Simmons were hilarious as Peter's parents and really stole just about every scene they were in.

All in all I would say that if you are looking for a good laugh to definitely head to a theater and check this movie out. It will keep you laughing through most of it and has a pretty good story about friendship and relationships as well.

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