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I Love You, Man (2009)

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Genres:
Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Director:
John Hamburg John Hamburg
Starring:
Paul Rudd Paul Rudd
Rashida Jones Rashida Jones
Sarah Burns Sarah Burns
Greg Levine Greg Levine
Jaime Pressly Jaime Pressly

6.9 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Nirrad
Added: March 24, 2009
When it comes to the Apatow gang, I tend to get annoyed with the actors after a few movies. I don't hate Seth Rogen, but I am getting sick of seeing him play the same person in every movie, its time for him to move on. Although there are a few that I just simply can't get enough of because they feel genuine. Of course I'm talking about Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. I have enjoyed these two in basically everything that I have seen with them, and "I Love You, Man" is no different.

Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is enjoying a nice night with his girlfriend Zooey (Rashida Jones) as he shows her the new location of their home. At this point Peter decides to ask Zooey to marry him. Zooey excitedly agrees. On the way home Zooey spills the beans to her friends over the phone which eventually becomes a hilarious conversation about Peter and Zooey's sex life. The next day Zooey has her usual girls' night with her friends and they soon realize that Peter doesn't have any friends for their wedding. Peter comes home and overhears the conversation. At this point Peter decides to make friends, and fast! During a dinner with his family, Peter realizes that he has always been a girlfriend type of guy and pushed his friends away. His brother Robbie (Andy Samberg) gives him tips on how to make friends and Peter decides to go along with him. Unfortunately for Peter, making friends can be very hard, especially if one mistakes you for being gay. Peter gives up and continues with his job. During an open house he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) and they have a friendly conversation with each other. Peter realizes that Sydney is cool and they decide to exchange numbers. Sydney calls up Peter the next day to hang out. At this time Peter realizes that he has finally found a good friend. The two start hanging out everyday (with hilarious results) until Zooey is upset that Peter is spending way to much time with Sydney and she's worried about the wedding and their relationship. Peter must then choose whose side he's going to take.

Before I get into the positives with "I Love You, Man" I must get the bad out of the way. When it really comes down to it, I was disappointed with Jason's character. It was still a great character, and he was funny, but the trailers and TV spots made Sydney seem more like a psycho (in a funny way). But his character wasn't a nut ball at all which also leads into the good things. The character Sydney, while not over the top as I had hoped, is still a great character. You can help but love the guy because of how nice and sincere he really is. Now if only I had a friend like that to replace that Tristan kid. Paul Rudd was just downright hilarious. While some people came to see the movie for Jason, they will soon realize that Paul steals the show. Throughout the movie he is always spitting out terrible jokes, one after another, and you would think that after nearly 2 hours it would get stale. But they are so bad and awkward that they never get old. There's no doubt in my mind that most of these were ad libbed. It seems that Paul is really like this in reality, and it's just downright hilarious. More please! Jon Favreau also appears quite often in the movie. And besides Paul's awkward jokes, I found myself laughing at his character the most. He plays an asshole so perfectly in this movie. Loved it!

The story itself is pretty basic. We've all seen this before, but it's the little details in between that really make it stand out. Well that, and the charisma that the actors have. Had this movie been cast with other actors it would have been awful. We wouldn't have Paul's awkward jokes, Jason's likability or Jon's overall presence. We would have been left with a movie that would have been forgotten within mere weeks. But fortunately for us, that didn't happen.

"I Love You, Man" is definitely one of the best comedies I have seen in a while and definitely one of the best movies I have seen this year so far. I could easily watch this over and over again. It may be a tad predictable and not as over the top as I had hoped, but it's still great. I want to see these two in more movies together in the future.

8.5/10.
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FurryFish #1: FurryFish - added 03/25/2009, 09:08 AM
Movie was ight.
Tristan #2: Tristan - added 03/31/2009, 04:32 PM
Just noticed you mentioned me in your review. I'm speechless.

Not a bad film. Not quite as good as I expected, but I guess that's what happens when you are going for the PG-13 crowd.

7/10
Tristan #3: Tristan - added 03/31/2009, 04:37 PM
Oh, and whoever came up with the tagline should be shot. "He needed a best man, he got the worst" That is no reflection on the movie whatsoever. Jason Segels character was funny, charming, and friendly. Hardly see how he's "the worst". Fucking advertisements.
Nirrad #4: Nirrad - added 03/31/2009, 06:02 PM
Yeah really. The movie wasn't what I expected at all because of the advertisements.
Lucid Dreams #5: Lucid Dreams - added 04/26/2009, 11:48 AM
I agree with Tristan and Darrin on the tagline, other then that the movie was great. 8/10
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