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March 2009

by Kam William


Distributor: DreamWorks Pictures (Paramount)
Director: John Hamburg
Screenwriter: John Hamburg
Cast: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau, Jaime Pressly
Genre: Comedy
MPAA Rating: R (for pervasive language, including crude and sexual references)


If you happen to be a fan of Paul Rudd, you can't go wrong with his latest film, 'I Love You, Man,' which pairs him with Jason Segel of 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall.' With a cast that also includes Rashida Jones, Jaime Pressly, Jon Favreau, Jane Curtin, J.K. Simmons and Andy Samberg, it's a romantic comedy that's funny, poignant and works for both sexes.

Peter Klaven (Rudd) is a real estate broker who's ready to settle down with his girlfriend, Zooey (Jones). When Zooey accepts his proposal, Peter thinks all is good until he overhears Zooey's friends talking about weird it is that he has no male friends to serve as his best man and groomsmen. Peter realizes he needs to start "man dating" to find his male BFF. Helping him with this quest are his parents (Simmons and Curtin) and his gay brother, Robbie (Samberg).

Before he knows it, Peter's being set up with a bunch of guys taking his intentions the wrong way. When he meets Sydney Fife (Segel), an investor, at an open house for client Lou Ferrigno (Yes, the original Hulk!), he thinks he's met his guy. While they seem to like the same things, specifically the rock band Rush, they are also opposite in traits. Sydney isn't as shy as Peter and lets his feeling be known to all, which at times infuriates Zooey and peaks her interest as to the nature of their relationship.

Having had critical success with roles in 'The 40-Year-Old Virgin,' 'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,' 'Knocked Up' and last year's 'Role Models,' Rudd shines here as well. Segel, who had a breakout role in 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall,' brings in another hilarious turn as the BFF to be. Their performances are genuine and add new meaning to buddy film. Folks will get a kick out of the "give it back" scene. Pressly and Favreau play a married couple to the hilt. A sequel can be done just on their characters.

Director and cowriter John Hamberg put together a well-crafted script that's funny and clever. Making friends after college is harder than one thinks, and the film brings in some serious issues. Rather than the clichéd boy-meets-girl, boy-loses-girl and boy-gets-girl storyline, this film surprises and is worth seeing.