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I Love You Man
Wednesday, 25 March 2009 00:00
iloveyoumanposterWhoever coined the term “chick flick” must have had a very narrow view of what makes movies appealing to either gender. In fact, when you get right down to it, the differences between a “chick flick” and a “buddy movie” are really nominal. Each usually contains elements of attraction, emotional drama, and conflict – just with different body parts attached. With TV shows like (I can’t believe I’m saying it) “Bromance” taking on the issue of male bonding, I Love You Man is a prime example of just how “chick-like” guy movies can be. But don’t despair guys, it’s raunchy and hilarious too!

Paul Rudd plays Peter, an incredibly nice guy loved by everyone – his mom, his fiancée, his real estate co-workers – problem is they are all women. When he doesn’t even have a friend to act as best man at his wedding he realizes the need for some serious man-to-man bonding. A slew of unsuccessful “hook-ups” leaves him feeling hopeless (and a little dirty) until a wayward stranger shows up at his Open House. Right off the bat Peter is impressed by Sydney’s brutally honest banter and casually confident attitude. A man who compliments the hors d’oeuvres while simultaneously making fart jokes? It’s brotherly love at first site! The two start hanging out and before long they are best buds, but that friendship might get in the way of Peter’s perfect relationship if he’s not careful.

While the movie is filled with gross-out gags, and dirty jokes it is also a sweet and honest commentary on the state of relationships in today’s society. As kids, playing together for ten-minutes on the playground was enough to bond you for life. Boys would show up for school wearing the same Hulk Hogan t-shirt and all of a sudden they were blood brothers. Where did the simplicity of those friendships go? The challenges of dating in the age of electronics certainly get talked to death, but what about the difficulties of simply making new friends? It can honestly be just as challenging and intimidating.

iloveyoumanpicPaul Rudd (Role Models) and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) are an absolutely deadly combination for laughs, especially when they are both hot off of two of last year’s funniest comedies! There are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments in this movie, and I’d say that most of them don’t come from the script but from the performances of the two leads.

Rudd’s performance is so natural that you actually feel embarrassed for him when he behaves like an idiot. Watching him play “air bass” on the big screen is actually painful. A few words of wisdom: When trying to make friends, “air instruments” should be avoided at all costs. Period. And his half-assed attempts at cool lingo are hilarious! Especially when everyone thinks he’s talking like a leprechaun. Jason Segel is just as natural although his character embraces a lot of the qualities a woman would not want her perfect fiancée picking up on. He’s crude and a bit of a caveman, but at least his heart is in the right place… I’d hang out with him.

The supporting cast is great as well with the likes of Jaime Presley, Jon Favreau, J.K. Simmons, and even “The Hulk” Lou Ferrigno as himself. Rashida Jones (The Office) is suitably sweet and likeable as Peter’s preoccupied fiancée.

If laughs are what you’re looking for, I Love You Man delivers them. Guys, maybe it’s a good place to bring your prospective new BFF – and girls, your guys will love it.