We’ve all been there. Making friends can be a scary experience, full of rejection and awkward attempts to impress others with menial talents and sentence forming capabilities, all in the hopes of finding that special someone to share your bucket of chalk with as you draw beautiful murals on the sidewalk. Oh to be five again… Though this is not quite the context, it is the basic premise of I Love You, Man, a hilarious film that restructures the romantic comedy.
Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) has a problem. All his life he has been stronger at forming friendships with girls rather than boys. Though this hasn’t caused any problems prior to now, it quickly becomes a slight set back when he realizes he has no one to be the best man at his upcoming wedding. After a series of unsuccessful, blind man dates, he eventually happens upon Sydney Fife (Jason Segel). Sparks fly instantly, and the rest of the film is spent exploring their newfound friendship.
Overall, I Love You, Man is a hilarious bromantic comedy that hints at a far reaching style without ever becoming too ridiculous, thanks in large part to the entire cast. Pual Rudd and Jason Segel are perfect in their lead roles, however, it is actually the other characters, such as Jaime Pressly and Jon Favreau’s hateful love, that makes the movie what it is. Without them, Peter and Sydney’s interactions would have eventually lost their charm, especially as Peter constantly, and awkwardly, attempts to endear himself to Sydney. We get it. Peter doesn’t know how to be cool.
As funny as I Love You, Man is, it does begin to feel a little longer than it should be because the two lead characters are not enough to support the entire film. Luckily, the film is fleshed out enough to keep from being it’s own downfall.
Final Grade: A-