Thursday, April 2, 2009

I Love You, Man


In a very good way.

I Love You, Man is from director John Hamburg, who was one of the writers of Zoolander, Meet the Parents and Along Came Polly (it's surprising that Ben Stiller didn't show up in this one). This one is along similar lines to these uncomfortable comedic romps, but has some more of the off-color humor that would be expected from Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.

The preposterous storyline of a guy searching desperately for a best friend to make his best man at his upcoming wedding seems like it might be destined for failure. But the half-baked story idea is brought to life by amusing, well-written dialogue and a palpable chemistry of the two leading men.

While straddling the line between rom-com and a genre that can really only be described as Apatow-edy, I Love You, Man finds it's own voice through Paul Rudd's always amusing performance.

Some points of the movie hearken back to the awkwardness of Meet the Fockers at times, but those moments are counter-balanced with actual comedy.

There are plenty of weak points in the story, but overall it is steady amusement with periods of raucous laughter.

I Love You, Man gets a B-.
--John Berry, Online Editor--


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