Budding bromance brings laughs in I Love You, Man

Impressive cast more than makes up for unoriginal plotline

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Paul Rudd and Jason Segel on a scooter in I Love You, Man

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MALE BONDING AT ITS FINEST. Paul Rudd and Jason Segel star in John Hamurg’s latest, I Love You, Man, a film which explores the often underappreciated intricacies of male friendship.

I Love You, Man
Directed by: John Hamburg
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg

Considering the current lack of successful comedies in theatres right now, I Love You, Man’s opening came at the perfect time.

Starring Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Paul Rudd (Knocked Up, Role Models), I Love You, Man delivers exactly what the trailers promise " the misadventures of two men who go through the awkward, but hilarious stages of “bromance.”

Peter Klaven (Rudd) had just asked Zooey (Jones) to marry him. Things are going well, as Zooey’s friends approve of the proposal and Peter’s commitment to her; as they put it, “Lock that tongue down, girl.”

However, after eavesdropping on Zooey and her girlfriends, it dawns on Peter that he doesn’t have any “real” friends " there is nobody to be his best man.

Paul Rudd and Jason Segel face each other in I Love You, Man

It’s here we witness Peter’s many attempts at bonding with guys he meets through friends, newspaper personals and online sites as he attempts to find “the one.” Just when it seems like all hope is lost, he meets Sydney (Segel) and a friendship starts to bloom between them.

Despite the stereotypical pattern of this movie " guy befriends someone, they get close, get into a fight and eventually reconcile " the playful banter between the supporting cast consisting of Saturday Night Lives’s Andy Samberg as Peter’s gay brother Robbie, Lou Ferrigno as himself and many others, I Love You, Man keeps the laughs going all the way through the random screaming, dog poop and jam sessions.

Rudd has mastered the ability to underplay his character, thus making all his attempts at befriending his “man-dates” full of awkward pauses, miss-timed comments and straight-out wrong signals. Rudd’s character, although sweet and caring, obviously lacks the social skills to play poker with the “bros” and pound back drinks without hurling.

But what really makes this cookie-cutter script come alive is the chemistry between Sydney and Peter. Sydney’s easygoing nature, thought-provoking questions and outgoing personality contrast Peter’s shyness. It is Sydney’s prodding and provoking that draws Peter out of his shell to confront his challenges and fears, thus making them the perfect “bro-couple.”

While this may not be the best date-movie for all couples out there, the awkwardness and punch lines will keep you laughing no matter your gender.

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