Sunday, March 22, 2009
Movie Reviews: I LOVE YOU MAN
I LOVE YOU MAN
As his wedding day approaches, Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) realizes he has no one to act as his best man. Through a series of ''man-dates,'' he finds Sydney Fife (Jason Segel), and the pair become instant friends. But as Peter's ''bro-mance'' with Sydney grows stronger, it threatens his relationship with his fiancee (Rashida Jones), forcing Peter to make a choice.
Cast: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons
Director: John Hamburg
Opened March 20, 2009.
Runtime: 1 hr. 50 min.
Rated R for pervasive language, including crude and sexual references
Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life
I Love You Man is charming bromance comedy that can drag at times but is more than aptly held up by it two leads. This film feels like a Judd Apatow production compete with some of his favorite supporting players but Apatow had nothing to do with this, John Hamburg (Along Came Polly) directs this with a relaxed hand. The film moves a pedestrian pace as it presents its admittedly contrived pretext with Rudd in the spotlight. Paul Rudd is solid here playing the opposite of his usual wise ass persona. Instead Rudd gives us a charming dweeb whose awkwardness is embarrassing and funny to watch but endearing at the same time. His character is like the ego in Freud’s psyche model with metro sexual tendencies. The counter to this ego is Jason Segel whose character is just as much a real life ....Id..... Segal delivers lines of man code dogma with such ease that it’s hard to not to see why his character would be such a great friend. Rudd and Segal share wonderful onscreen chemistry and really seem to enjoy working with each other. The supporting cast is rounded out with a bevy of terribly talented comedic actors and actress such as Rashida Jones Jamie Pressley, Andy Samberg and J.K. Simmons. All of which are just spot on in supporting turns. John Favreau in particular shines as Jamie Pressley’s A hole of a husband. The script is solid and full of raunchy banter that’s sure to get more than a handful of laughs and one gross out sequence that’s so quick and unexpected that it might take you a second to start laughing. Pacing is a slight problem and the film feels a tad longer than it’s actual run time, still, I Love You Man delivers plenty of laughs throughout.