Entering this week’s box office race as a graduate from the Judd Apatow school of comedy comes I Love You, Man. Paul Rudd stars as Peter Klaven, a straight-laced real estate broker who is in desperate need of some male companionship. Upon preparation for his upcoming wedding he realizes he’ll be missing one important element, a best man. Peter has spent the majority of his life dedicating his time to women, and has never had any real interaction with his male peers. Due to his unusual and embarrassing situation he enlists the help of his family to help him find a friend.
Peter goes on several “man-dates” where he encounters more than his fair share of questionable characters. Lucky for him he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) at one of his open houses and the two hit it off (in a platonic way). As their friendship grows we see Peter deal with the awkward stages of their relationship as it mirrors a dating courtship. Typical male bonding sessions which include drinking, music, and vulgar sex talk are completely foreign to him. He learns for the first time, what most guys pick up on in middle school. He eventually finds a true friend in Sydney and begins to somewhat isolate his future wife Zooey, played by the delightful Rashida Jones. Peter is forced to learn how to balance his personal and professional life with his new found “bromance”.
The biggest attribute this film has to offer is its cast. Paul Rudd embodies his character’s naivete without delivering a sappy or heavy handed performance. Jason Segel’s Sydney is reminiscent of his over-sexed, slacker character from Knocked Up but not as perverted. A great performance was given by Rashida Jones. It’s very cliche’ to say, but she really did radiate everytime she was on screen. Jon Favreau, Jamie Pressly, J.K. Simmons, and SNL alums Jane Curtin and Andy Samberg each held their own with their performances.
I really loved how this film featured a lot of up and coming comedic actors such as Rob Huebel, Aziz Ansari, and David Kroll. They were featured in bit parts, but dominated the scenes they were in. Everyone brought there A game, and made the movie’s premise believable and watchable. Even Lou Ferrigno delivered some good laughs.
It’s been a while since I’ve walked out of a theater feeling satisfied with what I saw. I would definitely recommend seeing this film this weekend. It’s worth the money and most importantly, you’ll have a good time.
I Love You, Man is directed by John Hamburg who also co-wrote the film’s script. This movie is Rated R and hits theaters on March 20.