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3.5 stars-Enjoyable, escapist comedy,
This review is from: I Love You, Man (DVD)
First, a disclaimer: this is not a Judd Apatow movie nor is it affiliated with him in any way other than the fact that two of his usual supspects-Paul Rudd and Jason Segel are the main stars. Apatow's comedies are messy affairs that feel largely improvised and run the gambit of emotions. I Love You, Man is a tidy, streamlined comedy that flows along smoothly from beginning to end without asking much of the viewer other than to sit back and be entertained. It's also, a genuinely funny movie that creates a warm glow of male camraderie thanks to the effortless chemistry of it's two leads. The plot is simple. Paul Rudd is happily engaged to his fiance and is generally considered by her and her girlfiends to be the perfect boyfriend. There's jost one little problem: he doesn't have any guy friends. Realizing that he needs a best man for his wedding, Rudd goes on an assortment of "man-dates" in an attempt at some much needed male bonding. He finds his man-friend when he meets Sydney Fife, played by Segel. The two bond over a shared love of Rush music and eventually, Rudd's character starts to spend more time with him than with his fiance. This is not exactly a fresh, or innovative plot and you can see the ending coming a mile away. But in the case of I Love You, Man, it's all about the journey. Segel is hilarious as the overgrown man-child Sydney and Rudd is in fine form as well. His attempts at establishg a laid back, guy rapport with Sydney often lead to some akwardly hilarious moments. There are also funny supporting perfromances from Lou Ferrigno and John Favreau. In the end it's not as funny, complicated or profound as an Apatow film, but that's because it isn't one. It's just a fun, escapist, feel good comedy about the enduring friendships between guys. Nothing wrong with that.