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Movie Review of I Love You, Man

I Love You, Man: Bromance at Its Cutest

I Love You, Man is a sweet, low-key comedy about two guys who find true friendship. As I left the screening a friend said it struck her as a kind of poor man's Judd Apatow movie (meant as a positive thing, BTW) — in the literal sense, it seems lower-budget but it's also just quieter, tamer, and less yucky. There's tons of super awkwardness, similar to the kind we see each week in The Office, and little gross-out humor. It's also simply more genuine than something Apatow might do, and it's a nice change.

The movie focuses on the platonic relationship between two guys, and the fact that they're guys is central to the humor of their awkward blossoming friendship. It all starts when Peter (Paul Rudd) proposes to his girlfriend Zooey (Rashida Jones) and realizes that he has nobody to be his best man in the wedding. So, on the advice of his gay brother Robbie (Andy Samberg), he goes on a series of "man dates" to try and find a friend to be his best man. Finally, Peter meets Sydney (Jason Segel), the carefree and fun-loving antidote to Peter's buttoned-up steadiness. Peter discovers what it's like to talk frankly with another guy and how to loosen up a little bit and not always play by the rules. Sydney's relaxed attitude starts to rub off on Peter, which is refreshing until it gets to the point that Peter (and Zooey, for that matter) feels like he's not totally himself anymore. He then has to figure out if he can balance both romance and bromance in his life. For more of my thoughts on it all,


There are a lot of perfect fits in this movie. Rudd and Segel are natural together, and they strike a comfortable balance of sincere affection and dudeliness. Rudd fits well with his character, Peter, who's just a nice, stable guy with a calm and respectful temperament. It's easy to like Peter for who he is, though we recognize that he lacks some confidence and might be more successful if he believed in himself. Rudd easily takes on this role, without judging Peter, and it's satisfying to see that he's quite capable of carrying a movie as the lead character.

The emphasis is on the "bromance" between these two guys — their totally straight man-love — and a lot of the humor stems from Peter trying to navigate a male friendship. How to get close but not really intimate? How much of himself should he show? It's an exploration of friendship in general, really (finding the people who bring out the best in us, etc.). It's just a new and funny story because of the ever-changing societal norms that dictate how men should acceptably express emotion and love.

There are funnier movies out there, but I Love You, Man is certainly one of the easiest and most digestible comedies I've seen in a long time. The boys are cute and funny without being over-the-top, and the girls are relatable and funny without being naggy psychos. There's no poop or menstrual blood, but there are lots of silly lines that people will be quoting for a long, long time ("Sleppin' da bayse, mon"). It's like this year's Anchorman or Superbad in that sense — but it's a helluva lot cuter than both of those.

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tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I just saw this yesterday night and I thought it was hilarious and so cute!
laneylaney laneylaney 8 years
Am I the only one who didn't think this movie was that funny? Yeah, it was sweet, and there were a few laughs. I love Paul Rudd, but his 'awkward around guys' joke got old really fast for me.
ana-isabel ana-isabel 8 years
I loved this movie. I saw it a couple of weeks back and I have now added "ridonkulous" to my vocabulary :)
kmckay kmckay 8 years
it was great! i agree about the 'poor man's judd apatow movie" comment... being a huge fan of judd's films and all the actors he regularly uses, it was nice to see something without too much 'eeww' factor :) i thought jaime prestley did awesome as her role of slightly disgruntled wife to the d-bag jon favreau's character! *sidenote... right after this i happened to watch role models on dvd which was hilarious! (yes i do love paul rudd... can't get enough!)
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
just saw it and LOVED it. SO funny! My mom loved it too!
potterlove potterlove 8 years
Okay, your review just made me so agitated to see it Buzz! But unfortunately, I gotta wait 'til Wednesday to see it with the boyfriend. And just everyone either saying it was great or that they can't wait to see it because of the positive things said bout it, just got me so much more antsy! Can't wait to add my 2 cents here! :)
caryatid caryatid 8 years
so hilarious and adorable! i loved it.
bealotus bealotus 8 years
Saw it last night and it was so funny and cute.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
Great review Buzz, I really want to go see it :)
catstarr catstarr 8 years
I really want to see it....of course my guy was going to see it with all his bros girls allowed!
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
This movie was fantastic, I don't think there is a moment in this movie that I wasn't laughing.
katherinev katherinev 8 years
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Glad to hear it is good :) We were going to go tonight but the Utix card we have doesn't work (apparently they went out of business). Paul&Jason can really do no wrong in my book! What I'm curious about is why he doesn't have his brother be his best man.
Sun_Sun Sun_Sun 8 years
ur review just made me wanna see it even more!
blondie829 blondie829 8 years
I just got back from this movie and LOOOVEEEDD it. So cute and funny. It was just a great movie. Definitely had some raunchy humor, but not nearly as much as Superbad SEE IT!
sumbum sumbum 8 years
I loved this movie!I watched a prescreening of it yesterday and the whole theater was crackin up so hard it was hard to hear all of the jokes! I looove Jon Favreau as the dbag husband! =) I hope Casa does a review of Peter's house (loved the interiors!)
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