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I Love You, Man
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Jul 31, 2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
John Hamburg

Actors:
Paul Rudd
Jason Segel
Rashida Jones

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Peter Klaven is about to get married, but suddenly realizes he has no male friends and therefore no best man. Taking his brother's advice, he goes on a series of man-dates in hopes of fixing this predicament. And when all seems lost, along comes Sydney.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I first caught wind of I LOVE YOU, MAN by way of the Lou Ferrigno chock scene back when Jason Segel was pimping out FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL. Being a huge fan of Segel (going way back to his angry cameo in DEAD MAN ON CAMPUS) and having enjoyed MARSHALL, I was instantly interested in seeing more. By the time the trailers rolled around and I got a good look at the premise, story and chemistry between characters, I knew this would be hilarious and Im happy to report that I was right. If theres one thing Hollywoods getting right these days, its R rated noire comedies. And if thats what your in the mood for, this is the PERFECT man date for you.

The cast are a dream come true, and by that I mean the laughs go beyond just Rudd and Segel. Paul Rudd is funny (loved him in ROLE MODELS), though his quirky people skills and God awful sense of humor will make you wince at least once. Segels mans man persona is pretty much everything a guy could ask for in a best friend, from his man-cave down to the billboards and unquestionable loyalty. Lou Ferrigno was hilarious as Doug and Carries neighbor in KING OF QUEENS, and continues to play himself in a comical fashion. But the real treat was seeing Johnny Favs and Jaime Presslys true to life (my life at least) relationship thrown in whenever possible.

From a guys perspective, this flick was well written and dealt with a (shockingly clear) sense of relevance when it comes to men being men. Guys need their guy time, be it poker night, jamming, drinking or just chilling in the man-cave. I couldnt relate to Peter at first, having had my own gang of guy friends for years. What I can relate to is how easy it is to get into conflicts of interest when it comes to choosing between your girl and the fellas (a tough call NO GUY likes to make). Ill give Zooey some props though, as in the end she made the right call by inviting Sydney back to the wedding. If for no other reason, this is a great flick to watch with your girl in hopes of Zooeys logic rubbing off.

You can't get much better than I LOVE YOU, MAN when it comes to buddy comedies. The premise here is something all men can relate to, whether you've had the same best friend for twenty years, a slew of friends who're now leading their own lives or no best friend at all. One thing that will never change is the fact that we fellas need GUY TIME. And like Peter, some guys may not realize it until later in life, but in time, all men come to this realization. As a matter a fact, watching Peter and Sydney let loose and run wild will make you wanna pick up the phone and call your best friend for a night out on the town. Just try not to puke on one another, its a real buzz killer.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by Director John Hamburg, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel: These three are having a blast with this commentary as they concentrate more on telling jokes and making fun of one another than giving us the play by play. They get a kick out of the puke scene with Favs, admitting that he wasnt told about it up front.

The Making of I Love You, Man: Rudd and Segel go into the mechanics of man-dates and proper one on one guy behavior. Segel and Favs are so damn hilarious that you can see director John Hamburg laughing his ass off behind the camera as he shoots some of the scenes.

Extras: A cross between a gag reel and deleted/extended scenes, here we get a series of added material introduced or re-written into some of the funny moments making them much funnier. There are some big laughs here, its well worth watching.

Deleted Scenes: Three scenes running at roughly a minute per. The rugby bit was a pass, but the bowling was fun (especially hearing J. K. Simmons drop the F-bomb). Oh, and the boxers pic was interesting.

Gag Reel: Any gag reel that runs over ten minutes long is a worthy addition in my book. The masturbation scene in the man-cave was rather priceless. These guys are having way too much fun.

Previews: Three trailers, one of which being STAR TREK. I cant help but watch that trailer every time I see it, LOVED that flick.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Its refreshing to see dark comedies evolving from your standard AMERICAN PIE and SUPERBAD High School shenanigans to the mischief of middle aged men and their every day lives. This flick is a little of everything, with a good heart, a strong theme of friendship and lots of laughs. You cant lose.

Extra Tidbit: I wonder what a man date with Lou Ferrigno would be like? You could probably make a drinking game out of how often "The Hulk" comes up.
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