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]

Jennifer’s Body – Uncut

Director: Karyn Kusama

Cast: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Johnny Simmons, Adam Brody, J.K. Simmons

Synopsis: The story of Jennifer, all-round popular girl, cheerleader and, um… demon.   Need I say more?

A review by Film Nerd.

I started watching this film in that pure prospect of not knowing what to expect.   After all, this is a film penned by Diablo Cody, whose debut script was the stand out feature Juno.   However it is also a film headlined by Megan Fox.   Sure the camera loves her, but as an audience, I have not been a big fan of her acting.   She was after all one of many dire elements in Transformers 2.   Add to this the fact that this film has suffered from straight to DVD (or in my case, Blu Ray) hell.

I think that fate was a little bit unfair.    Especially given the fact that there is a cavalcade of lesser horror flicks that make it to the big screen.   It also seems to me silly that they did this, given that the vampire genre is the current in thing.   This is not Twilight though, and I only say that with the greatest delight.   Cody’s script is definitely the star of this film, taking your regular horror conventions in big doses, but there is an energy and a dialogue that make it feel somehow fresh.

Megan Fox may headline, but it is not her film.   More screen time is dedicated to our narrator, Seyfried’s “Needy”.   Okay, it is an appalling character name that also acts as descriptor combo, but this girl has talent.   This role is a far cry from dancing up and down piers singing Abba songs.   Before Jennifer became a vampire, Needy was her best friend since childhood, and she treads that fine line between despair and horror at what is becoming of her  “BFF”.   Fox I will admit gives a better performance than I am used to seeing from her, perhaps being freed from Michael Bay’s direction, but it is still patchy.   When she does slip, it is to the detriment of the film, and for me it took me out of the narrative a bit at times.   A pity, as when she does pull off the role, there is some hint of talent there.   Hopefully with some maturity and experience, she can foster this further in future.   Little need be said about the rest of the cast.   They are all adequate in small roles, though the focus is rarely taken from the leading pair.

I have not discussed much plot, and that is for the pure reason there is no need to.   We have seen it all before.   So in many respects this is a film for the journey, for the jolts, the dialogue and the visuals.   After viewing though, there is nothing of real meat to take away with you though.   So it really is a horror film then!   I watched the extended cut, and not having seen the theatrical cut, can’t comment on what was added and whether it was a benefit though.   There can’t have been too much cut though, as this version still runs at well under 2 hours.

So yep, this went straight to DVD, but if you are a horror fan, or a fan of paranormal fiction, it is worth while you take a look.   If there is one final recommendation I can make for this film though, it is simply this… Jennifer’s Body may be Megan Fox with patchy acting, but at least it doesn’t “sparkle”.

3 stars (out of a possible 5)

Jennifer’s Body on IMDB

Jennifer’s Body on Rotten Tomatoes

Trailer [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCSzYioSeT0]