I Love You Man (15)

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Apr 14 2009

It’s been a steady rise to the top for Paul Rudd, from the teen heart-throbbery of ‘Clueless’ to Lisa Kudrow’s arm candy in ‘Friends’, from thankless sidekick roles for Judd Apatow to his starring turn in last year’s ‘Role Models’. And on the strength of his performance in ‘I Love You, Man’, it couldn’t happen to a more deserving chap: as Peter Klaven, the friendless ladies’ man on the lookout for a suitable best man for his upcoming nuptials, Rudd displays a rare comic sophistication and matinée charm.

The rest of the film doesn’t really measure up. The concept is solid, applying rusty romcom clichés to a tale of new-found masculine buddydom. But the plot is scatty, at least until Sydney – Jason Segel’s alpha male – arrives to shake Peter out of his premarital complacency.

But a film like ‘I Love You, Man’ stands or falls on the strength of its characters. From a dog who bears a bizarre resemblance to former Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to scene-stealing appearances from the likes of JK Simmons and Jon Favreau, writer-director John Hamburg and his co-author Larry Levin cram the film with the kind of memorable, absurd cameos which betray Levin’s former employment as a ‘Seinfeld’ writer. In less sure hands this parade of oddities could have become tiresome. Which only makes Rudd’s central performance more impressive, holding the entire edifice together by sheer force of personality.
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15

UK release:

Fri Apr 17, 2009

Duration:

105 mins

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Liz

I've watched this before, and am watching it now Live on my iPod ... I find this film emotional, hilarious and totally indulging. If i were to recommend this film to anyone? .... ABSOLUTLEY. If you ever have second doubts about this movie, don't even double think about that! Go rent it now! :D ___

Liz

I've watched this before, and am watching it now Live on my iPod ... I find this film emotional, hilarious and totally indulging. If i were to recommend this film to anyone? .... ABSOLUTLEY. If you ever have second doubts about this movie, don't even double think about that! Go rent it now! :D ___

Lauren

i went to watch this with my boyfriend and we were laughing all the way through, as were the rest of the audience. paul rudd and rashida jones were a great on screen partnership. i would reccommend to both boys and girls to watch, if you enjoy silly humour (think forgetting sarah marshal). x

Lauren

i went to watch this with my boyfriend and we were laughing all the way through, as were the rest of the audience. paul rudd and rashida jones were a great on screen partnership. i would reccommend to both boys and girls to watch, if you enjoy silly humour (think forgetting sarah marshal). x

Russell

Gentle humour, well cast, lightweight but highly enjoyable, some great performances and a good film if you just ignore a few of the plot flaws.

Russell

Gentle humour, well cast, lightweight but highly enjoyable, some great performances and a good film if you just ignore a few of the plot flaws.

Kaity

Very very very very very funny, the whole cinema was in hysterics. The story itself is a bit weak but definitely worth a watch if you like rom coms.

jade

i realy want to see the film with my boyfriend but i dnt know if it would be gd..x

TRUTH TELLER

It's a little hard to see a guy coming up with some of the scenes in this movie but it is possibly a movie that a couple might enjoy seeing together. It's not that funny just mildly humerous with plenty of swearing that you wouldn't want your children to hear. It's just entertaining enough to be somewhere between two and three stars. A pleasant distraction, which is often what we want from a movie, but you'd probably forget the plot by the time you got home.

Helen

This film was alright, at best. I wouldn't credit it to be ground-breaking, but there are a few good laughs. It's mostly just a way to lose a couple of hours out of your day.