I Love You, Man [Blu-ray]
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In "I Love You, Man," a comedy from John Hamburg, Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is a successful real estate agent who, upon getting engaged to the woman of his dreams, Zooey, (Rashida Jones), discovers, to his dismay and chagrin, that he has no male friend close enough to serve as his Best Man. Peter immediately sets out to rectify the situation, embarking on a series of bizarre and awkward "man-dates," before meeting Sydney Fife (Jason Segel), a charming, opinionated man with whom he instantly bonds. But the closer the two men get, the more Peter's relationship with Zooey suffers, ultimately forcing him to choose between his fiancee and his new found "bro," in a story that comically explores what it truly means to be a "friend.
At once sweet, genuinely funny and painfully awkward, I Love You, Man is that type of film that used to feel like a rare event, but these days is a lot more common thanks to Judd Apatow’s new hit factory. His stock ensemble of actors, writers and directors have managed to hone in on the perfect formula of raunchy and sweet. Apatow wasn’t involved in this production, but his mark is all over it just the same. Paul Rudd has to be the most infinitely likeable man in Hollywood; he manages to capture the ideal blend of sincerity and awkwardness but never comes off as annoying. As Sidney, Jason Segal departs from the neurotic and insecure roles that have nearly made him a household name in Freaks and Geeks and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. He channels instead the endearingly arrogant and emotionally stunted man-boy who is both life of the party and sad clown. The story is pretty simple – making friends tends to get more and more challenging as we get older and more settled into our lives. That’s never been truer than for Peter Klaven, a so-called “Girlfriend Guy” who’s never really had a best guy friend. As Peter begins to plan the rest of his life with the girl of his dreams (Parks and Recreation’s Rashida Jones), the pressure to find a best man and not feel like a friendless freak becomes more intense. Enter Sidney, a Venice Beach-dwelling, super laid back, Rush-loving, vaguely employed (but clearly successful) financial planner with no desire to commit, a room in his house dedicated to all things masculine and an intense desire to have a good time as often as possible. Soul mates, right? As directed by John Hamburg (Along Came Polly, Stella), I Love You, Man is consistently funny and totally relatable. With strong supporting performances from Jones, Andy Samberg, Jon Favreau, Jamie Pressely and even Lou Ferrigno (!), I Love You, Man is a little less raunch and a lot more sweet than some of this crew’s other hits, with quite a few laugh out loud moments. –Kira Canny
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The movie itself is one of those stupid comedy movies, but Paul Rudd is a funny guy. def a must see!
Why not 10/10?
Well, some of the dialog seemed really unnatural or maybe it was just that the acting was not convincing. Also, Paul Rudd, handsome though he is, appeared to be suffering allergies, judging by the appearance of his eyes. The most authentic, believable character was Jason Segel's "Sydney". Rudd and Segel obviously had some on-screen chemistry that makes the movie succeed as a "bromance".
Rashida Jones's character is very much a secondary character but the reason for Rudd's character searching for a male friend. In fact, it seems to me that the female characters purpose in the movie are simply there for the male characters to flourish during the course of the movie.
Even though Rudd is the headliner for the movie, it's really Segel who has the best lines and delivers them the best.
For those who are Rush fans, it's clear that Rudd and Segel must be Rush fans in real life because the band and their music play a role in the movie and reinforce Peter and Syndey's friendship.
I liked the music in the movie even though I'm not a Rush fan.
Some of the humor was puerile but I suppose this was to be expected for a Judd/Segel movie. Some of the gags were recycled in the movie that I found annoying. Spoiler alert!
e.g. Peter attempting a reggae accent and sounding like a leprechaun. Sydney's dog pooping and Sydney not bothering to pick it up.
This is a memorable comedy but for me it's certainly not one of the funniest movies I've seen.
To summarize: script= 7/10, acting= 7/10 (although 10/10 for Segel), comedy/laughs= 7/10