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I Love You, Man

Quickcard Review I Love You, Man

Directed by: John Hamburg Cast: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones Running Time: 1 hr 40 mins Rating: R

Plot: Now that Peter (Rudd) is engaged, he realizes he needs a best man. But he really doesn't have any guy friends, so now he's out searching, and along comes someone (Segel) who might be just right, even if his fiancee (Jones) doesn't think so.

Who’s It For? Did you like Segel in Forgetting Sarah Marshall? Well that becomes secondary because this film is a Rudd lovefest. And he proves to be one of the more likeable guys in Hollywood.


They don't rush into it here and they give Rudd time to set up his character of Peter Klaven, plus there's comedians from "Saturday Night Live," Broken Lizard and MTV's "The State" so we're in good hands. But the funniest performance might come from Jamie Pressly and Jon Favreau as the couple who argues all the time.

Jason Segel shows up with his little dog and slowly schools Peter on the ways to let loose. This isn't written or directed by Judd Apatow, but you won't be able to tell. John Hamburg's behind this film. He did Along Came Polly and wrote Meet the Parents ... which got me thinking ... Paul Rudd is like Ben Stiller version 2.0. First time I watched Meet the Parents, I just cringed for Stiller. But here, Rudd makes me laugh right along when he's uncomfortable, even when he's beating the "slap the bass" joke into the ground.

Plus, they quote films like Princess Bride and Back to the Future ... which is nice. And if you like the band Rush, make sure to stick around during the credits.

I wouldn't quite say love, but this film is really likeable. Whether you want to call it a bromance, or guy love ... it's just a good time at the movies.

Final Score: 7/10.

Box Office Review - March 22, 2009