I Love You, Man – A Review by Film Nerd

Director: John Hamburg

Cast: Paul Rudd, Jason Segal, Rashida Jones, Jaime Pressly, Jon Favreau, Jane Curtin, J.K. Simmons, Andy Samburg, Lou Ferrigno

Synopsis: Peter (Rudd) has proposed to his girlfriend of eight months, Zooey (Jones), and she is perplexed that he has no good guy mates to share the news with.   He sets out on a mission to find a best friend.   After many aborted attempts, he meets Sydney, and they start to hit it off.   It takes time to discover if this is actually a good thing though.


A review by Film Nerd.

This is one of those comedies where the trailer was for me a little underwhelming, however it sparked the interest of my lovely bride.   So, after picking it up in a buy 2, get 1 free sale, we watched it together on the weekend just past.   In the end, it was not a bad way to spend a lazy Saturday evening, but that said there was nothing there I really took away from the viewing either.

There humour is at least actual humour, and not a Wayans brothers interpretation of what humour is.   There are a lot of chuckles, and one or two significant belly laughs.   So far so good.   I think the problem really lies in characterisation.   Paul Rudd begins in his likeable persona, relating very well to his female friends, and it is initially amusing when he embarrassingly meets some guys while trying to talk how he thinks guys talk to each other.   This is one gag that does get old when it is used for the fifth time.   The introduction of Segal’s Sydney brings more life into the picture, and though seemingly crass, his character predictably yet successfully proves to be the best mate a guy could ask for despite a few flaws.

Surprisingly, this is where the cracks in Rudd’s character appear.   He is perhaps meant to be showing frustration at Sydney’s oafish behaviour, but in the end comes across as exceptionally ignorant in interpersonal relationships.  He blames Sydney’s advice for causing his relationship with Zooey and his career for hitting the skids, yet it is more a case of him taking that advice to extremes and sacrificing himself.   As a result, his treatment of Sydney as he tries to revert back to the person he was comes across as utterly inexcusable.   As a result, I found it very hard to walk away from this film with any sense of affection for our protagonist.

Still, it is not unenjoyable due to this flaw, just not memorable.   I enjoyed my lazy Saturday, but for my next comedy dose, I might be sticking on my Blu-ray copy of The Hangover next time.

3 stars (out of a possible 5)


I Love You, Man on IMDB

I Love You, Man on Rotten Tomatoes

Trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1ACTahRSF4]

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