I Love You, Man (2009)

Mitchell

Paul Rudd, Jason Segel

Mostly mindless entertainment. It tries to be a guy version of a chick flick, and I appreciated the effort, but the execution is weak. Rudd plays a real-estate agent trying to sell Lou Ferrigno’s home (the Lou Ferrigno angle is actually pretty funny, which is why I include it). He’s about to get married and is forced to deal with the fact that he has no real guy friends; there are really no good candidates for a best man.

You know that great sequence in Notting Hill when Hugh Grant goes on a series of set-up dates? There’s something like that here. It’s appropriately awkward, because this, of course, is not how guys meet each other. This is the one of only a couple of notes the film hits right on, this idea that guys getting to know each other by sitting down and talking just doesn’t work. The only time we get a sense that the Rudd and Segel characters are really becoming friends is when they are DOING stuff together. There are moments that work really well.

Alas, they are few and far between. Very little of this film is horribly bad (except for a few slapsticky moments, including projectile vomiting). However, very little of it is especially good. I can’t think of anyone to whom I’d recommend the film.

Two not-very-relevant side-notes. First, Andy Samberg, who’s usually way out there in his SNL videos, finds a nice supporting note here. The role doesn’t demand a lot of depth, but he definitely lends a little bit of sweetness and surprising competence to the cast. Also, Rush (the band) does a cameo, and its music plays a central part in the main characters’ becoming friends. Rush fans will like those parts.

Penny
Mitchell was right (gasp!) Nice and mindless…good for the middle of your work week. Paul Rudd and Jason Segel do have some nice moments, but too many gag-type stuff in here (i.e., projectile vomiting, etc.) to make it more meaningful. It does bring up a topic I was thinking about awhile back…how we make friends as adults. Paul Rudd does a good job as leading man here. I definitely squirmed in my seat when he created all these awkward moments!

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