Running Time: 110 min.
Release Date: March 20th, 2009 (wide)
MPAA Rating: R for pervasive language, including crude and sexual references.
Directed by: John Hamburg
JJ Rating: A-
Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is getting married but all his life he’s had only girlfriends. All his guy friends were pushed to the side. So his fiancée Zooey (Rashida Jones) along with his brother Robbie (Andy Samberg) encourage him to find a guy to become his best man. Enter Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) who ends up being the one guy that ignores Peter’s uncomfortable ramblings and enjoys the “normal” parts of him and understands what makes him a great friend. I Love You, Man.
The trailer isn’t a let down. You laugh during the trailer you most certainly will laugh throughout this film. As long as you realize that the film is very crude in nature and you find crude funny, you’ll laugh a lot. Paul Rudd makes sure that his character transcends the screen enough to reach out and make everyone in the audience feel as uncomfortable as humanly possible because he is so awkward at times. Rudd is a fantastic actor for being able to pull that off. Coupled with Jason Segel’s weird everyday American guy charm and I Love you, Man hits a homerun over and over and over again. One of the reasons it doesn’t get a higher rating from me is because sometimes it was just a bit too crude for my taste, but those were few moments and they were far between.
Denise (Jaime Pressly) and Barry (Jon Favreau) were the out there couple. The couple that people can’t believe are together based on looks and on how they treat one another. Pressly and Favrau add a craze factor to the entire film that just gives the audience more to enjoy and laugh at. Denise is Zooey’s good friend. Rashida Jones simple sweetness with tone and mannerisms balanced out the crazy. However, she is far from innocent no matter how she sounds.
One of the best moments in the entire film, because it was so unexpected, was when Peter goes over to Barry’s to play poker and then they end up playing a beer game. It was great. Just thinking about it makes me laugh. I love when something unexpected happens in a film and it’s the good kind of unexpected, especially in a comedy. I like seeing something that’s just so funny I can’t contain myself. Which is also great because I didn’t expect to feel so embarrassed for Peter and Rudd made sure that that was felt every single time Peter has to say good bye on the phone.
The phrase Bromance is something that is used to state a really great friendship between two guys that are straight. They treat each other like brothers. This film has that. It’s funny because of the situations and how the characters handle them, but at the core it has a big heart. When the end comes the touching moments all accumulate in a comfortable fashion. I Love You, Man has uncomfortable moments up until the end when it seems that all are more comfortable than they were before. And that’s amazing work that the film does via the director, John Hamburg.
I think it is great that a film that has friendship between two males as its core storyline is done so well. It’s a subject matter in a film that isn’t always done well. It’s a total guy film, but I’m sure some females will enjoy it. They talk about all kinds of male can only understand situations. It even goes over standing up for your friend against the Ex-Hulk (Lou Ferrigno). Every friendship has that moment of being David vs. Goliath just to protect the other from such a monumental problem or person. It’s what good friends do.
I Love You, Man is bromantic, man date awesome, he-man powerful and full of testosterone. It will not chop your balls off, make you feel female, make you feel gay. It will allow males to laugh, nod, laugh, agree, laugh and have a bit of an emotional understanding without striping any dignity away. I Love You, Man is a man’s comedy about man friendships that are nothing more than silly, dorky, smelly, long hours of retarded band playing, only man ear conversations stuff. It’s man-a-riffic. Ok, sorry, that was gay. It’s bro-tastic. Eh…slightly better.