I LOVE YOU, MAN (2009) 

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Paul Rudd
Rashida Jones
Jason Segel
Sarah Burns
Jaime Pressly
Jon Favreau
Jane Curtin
J.K. Simmons
Andy Samberg
Rob Huebel

John Hamburg



Time: 105 mins.
Rating: R
Genre: Comedy/Romance

SYNOPSIS: Friendless Peter Klaven goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But when his insta-bond with his new B.F.F. puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée, can the trio learn to live happily ever after?

BOTTOM LINE: This is an interesting concept for a comedy – at least it's not the same old thing – and it delivers the laughs for awhile; however, once Rudd finds his new best friend the story really has no where to go and stops being funny. What kept me interested was the fact that Rudd and Jones have good chemistry, so you want them to be happy. Unfortunately for the film, his problem – not having any male friends – isn't truly weird enough to make her concern more than perfunctary. In fact, you can't really blame him considering the options he's given for "brotherhood" – an obnoxious, self-absorbed colleague, the asshole husband of his fiancée's best friend (played brilliantly by Favreau) and his gay younger brother. I'd only be friends with women, too. Especially if I was a cute and successful guy with these choices.

So, it's not a surprise when he latches onto Sydney (Segal), a seemingly normal dude and hangs on for dear life, though I still wasn't sure why he needed to bother. Everything was fine between him and Zooey until he overheard her friends saying his sitiuation was weird, which I guess it is, but so what? I suppose one has to rock the boat for the sake of comedy. Except that all their male bonding isn't that amusing and the trouble it ends up creating isn't all that believable either. Sure, their behavior is annoying and a bit embarrasing, but never bad enough to cause her even to consider calling it quits forever. Once the boys started having a good time, I stopped. The last thing you want in a comedy is a comfortable leading man. There's never any doubt Peter and Zooey are going to get married or who's going to be his best man, so the plot loses all it's energy on the way to its obvious conclusion. I laughed hilariously during the set-up while he was "dating," but ended up mostly bored by the rest of the proceedings. Not the worst comedy ever made and I give them props for trying something original, the film just had nowhere to go once he actually found a friend.

"I still wanna hang out. Despite that joke. You're better than that."

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