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I Love You, Man

Genre: Comedy, Romance
Rated: R
Directed by:
John Hamburg
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel,
Rashida Jones, Jaime Pressly
Released by: DreamWorks Pictures

In Short: With this hilarious "bro-mance," Paul Rudd cements himself as one of the funniest guys working in movies today, ably aided by Jason Segel as two straight guys looking for a real BFF.
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Actor Paul Rudd has been proving for years that he's a really funny guy, with memorable roles in everything from "Friends" to "Reno 911" on television to movies like The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.

Now, with I Love You, Man, Rudd takes the leading role and hits the ball right out of the ballpark. He plays Peter Klaven, a just-engaged real estate agent who realizes he has no male friends. In fact, his mother is his best friend! His fiancé, played by a very charming Rashida Jones, encourages him to get out and find himself a new buddy, especially since she's got six women scheduled to stand up on her side of the aisle and he needs a few ushers to fill out the wedding party. 

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From that simple premise springs a truly hilarious comedy, as Peter stumbles and bumbles his way through a series of "bro-mances" (the movie's term for straight guy friendship-romances) that culminate with his finding a new Best Friend Forever (or BFF). He finds this in Sidney Fife (Jason Segel, who is also priceless in the flick), and as the two seemingly mismatched guys begin to bond, silly situations and completely comical dialogue ensue. Throw in some really wonderful supporting performances by Jaime Pressly and Jon Favreau as a seriously frightening married couple and Andy Samberg as Peter's gay brother, and this comedy just shines.

And despite the fact that I Love You, Man is a film all about male bonding, right down to Sidney's Man Cave garage where no females are ever allowed, the beauty of this farce is that it is much more than just a series of crass dumb jokes for stupid guys, and actually is a crackup for all, regardless of sex. That's no mean feat, one that director-writer John Hamburg balances perfectly, and that Paul Rudd and company deliver with aplomb.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters

(Updated 03/20/09 KR)

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