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I Love You, Man (2009) R 105min

March 29th, 2009 by Maxim · No Comments · 6,787 Views


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“I Love You, Man” is a romantic comedy from John Hamburg (Along Came Polly, co-writer of Meet The Parents, Meet The Fockers, Zoolander) starring Paul Rudd (Knocked Up, Role Models, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Walk Hard, The 40 Year Old Virgin etc.) and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall).

The plot: Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is a successful real estate broker from LA. He just proposed to the woman of his dreams Zooey (Rashida Jones – The Office). One night he accidentally walks in on a girl-party that his fiancée held at their place, and overhears her complain that he has no man-friends. He decides he needs to find a man-friend who would be a descend candidate for a Best Man at the wedding, and his younger brother and parents try to set him up and send on a series of man-dates, which turn out very awkward. Then he accidentally meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel – Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and soon becomes close friends with him. Perhaps too close because Zooey is not happy with it. The closer the two friends get, the more relationship with Zooey suffers, inevitably bringing it to the point when Peter has to chose between his fiancée and Sydney.

The good: Good dialogs. Good story – it’s believable and it’s one of the “funny because it’s true” movies. Paul Rudd was really good is playing a friendless guy who lived to his 30s without any friends and now feels awkward trying to learn to make friends – and he also finds out that making male friends may be even harder then connecting with women. Jason Segel plays a nice guy who’s really friendly and who would seem like he’d have a million friends, but it turns out, as Sydney discovers thanks to Peter, all his buddies have moved on and grew up and have families and children, while Sydney is still stuck in the mentality of a college graduate.

Great characters there. I liked Zooey and her girlfriends and their girl-talk chit-chat. I liked Peter’s family – the parents and younger gay brother. In fact there aren’t any characters that are not like-able. Even that prick from Peter’s office who keeps trying steal Peter’s customers and get in on his deals – even he is sympathetic because he is so lonely.

It was also fun to recognize many locations in LA, Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

The best and funniest part of the movie is definitely the part when Peter tries to make new friends. Nobody plays awkwardness and insecurity like Paul Rudd! Rudd and Segel are very good together, just like in Forgetting Sarah Marchall.

Buddies are easy to make, but it’s not as easy to make good friends, especially in a city like LA.

Don’t miss out on final credits!

The bad: The movie is a little too goofy. Also, traditionally for American comedies, there had to be fart/poop humor and vomiting. I still think “Knocked Up” was a better movie with Paul Rudd… a better movie period. Profanity is OK to spice up the movie, but not when it’s overused.

The summary: I recommend to see it. It’s a fun comedy.

The cast: Peter Klaven – Paul Rudd | Zooey – Rashida Jones | Sydney Fife – Jason Segel| Hailey – Sarah Burns | Hailey’s Date – Greg Levine | Denise – Jaime Pressly | Barry – Jon FavreauJoyce Klaven – Jane Curtin | Oswald Klaven – J.K. Simmons | Robbie Klaven – Andy Samberg | Gil – Mather Zickel | Eugene – Aziz Ansari | Larry – Nick Kroll

The crew: Director – John Hamburg (Along Came Polly) | Writers – John Hamburg, Larry Levin (Seinfeld, Dr. Dolittle) | Producers – John Hamburg, Jeff Clifford, Anders Bard, Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock, Bill Johnson, Andrew Haas, Donald De Line | Music – Theodore Shapiro (Marley & Me, Tropic Thunder, Semi-Pro, Blades of Glory, The Devil Wears Prada, Starsky & Hutch etc.)| Cinematography – Lawrence Sher | Film Editing – William Kerr

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Rated 4/5 on Mar 29 2009
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Tags: Comedy · Movies · Romance · USA

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