I Love You, Man(2009)
Paul Rudd stars alongside Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) in this romantic-comedy from the writer of Zoolander and Meet the Parents (a good CV, to be sure).... More
Rudd plays Peter, a friendless guy about to get married without a best man. To rectify the situation he goes on a series of awkward man-dates and winds up bonding with the raucous Sydney (Segel). But their extreme friendship puts a strain on Peter's relationship with his fiancée. Also stars Jon Favreau, JK Simmons and Rashida Jones.
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
Paul Rudd has never been better. Here he plays Peter Klaven, a socially awkward dweeb who can’t exit a man-to-man situation without stumbling over his own words in an effort to be ‘down’. He’s such a great character, obviously summoned from the real-life experiences of Rudd and writer-director John Hamburg, and instantly likeable.
While Rudd practices his geek chic, Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Jason Segel lumbers into the film as a laid-back dude called Sydney, proud owner of a man cave and a straight-up sense of honesty. How do we feel about him? Is he friendly or just a bit creepy? The answer is a bit of both, and this grey area is explored on the safe but steady route to the ending as Sydney and Peter rock out at concerts, eat corn-dogs and stroll along Venice Beach.
A solid supporting cast bring plenty of fodder for Peter’s social embarrassment. It’s all very amiable and cheerful - a light, bright comedy that’s amusing rather than hilarious, lifted by the winning combination of Rudd and Segel. I Love You, Man doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it takes a simple concept and does it well.
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