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I've just finished watching this film with my boyfriend. It was something he recorded on the Sky+ this week and we were at a loose end.
The story follows Peter (Paul Rudd) who has proposed to his girlfriend to get married but has the dilemma of who to choose to be his best man..... as he doesn't have any friends. He overhears his future wife gossipping with her girlfriends and saying about how he has no friends. The girlfriends are then heard saying that that makes him a bit of a weirdo and that he must be really clingy and all together that scene is a little sad to watch.
So he decides to make some new friends and in return, to find someone to be his best man.
He starts to meet up with men, some of whom he has been introduced to by his mother, and some of whom he meets through the internet.
I won't say too much but needless to say this is quite amusing.
He eventually seems to make one good friend and, well, I'll leave it there.
I did enjoy watching this film, I didn't need to concentrate it at all but I didn't miss any of the story line if you know what I mean! The film was definitely easy to watch and yes, it really did make me laugh in places. For a Sunday afternoon this is exactly what you want, a comedy with a romantic theme running through it, laugh out loud laughs and a soppy (though unoriginal) ending.
Paul Rudd is great as the lead character and some of the scenes with him in are really quite hilarious. I have kept this film on my Sky+ as I definitely think it is worth another watch at some point.
This isn't a film that you're going to go away from and think about for ages, but for a bit of a pick me up it will do just the trick.
I Love You Man is an American romantic comedy film. It was released in the United Kingdom in 2009. The movie stars Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. The movie is a 15 which means that it must not be viewed by persons under the age of fifteen. The DVD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of just £2.92 which I think is amazing value for money!
Plot: Peter gets engaged to the woman of his dreams. Although it suddenly dawns up on him that he doesn't actually have any male friends, and so there is no one to be his best man. He soon sets out on a series of 'man-dates'. How will he get on? Will he manage to find a best man in time for the wedding? Watch I Love You Man to find out!
I really enjoyed this movie! I thought that the plot was really different and thought that it was really interesting how the main focus was on male friends rather than female friends. I think that this is a great rom-com for men!
The actor who stood out the most for me was definetely Paul Rudd; I have seen a few of his movies (40 Year Old Virgin and Knocked Up) and would consider him to be one of my favourite actors. He is such a great comedy actor...as well as bringing a bit of 'eye candy' to the movie as well ;)
To some extent, I think that this movie is very real to life. I think a lot of people will be able to relate to this movie, especially middle-aged men.
This is a real feel-good kind of film; the kind of film which makes you smile and feel positive.
Be warned there is a lot of swearing and adult humour in this movie, so if you don't like that kind of stuff then it is probably best to avoid this movie.
I really enjoyed this movie and so would definetely recommend it!
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So you're a modern guy, you love your mum, you make sure to wash, moisturise, iron your clothes and present yourself so women can find you attractive, you learn to cook, watch World Cinema, cry at the plight of the poor fox left by her mother on Springwatch and know how to sew a button back on your trousers. So is being metrosexual fun?
Don't you yearn for the days when you watched Benny Hill on television whilst eating Bacon Sarnies (Without a plate) and drinking beer straight from the can (I know none of us ever did this, but bear with me for artistic effect), don't you yearn for the days when you didn't have to share your feelings and consider anyone else, well this film is about finding the inner man inside you, no matter how deeply you've hidden him away in your nice shiny Reiss suit and Next home furnishings collection, it's a bromance, a phenomenon which originated in 2009 and kind of peaked then too, with this and the similar Role Models (also starring Paul Rudd).
Peter (Paul Rudd) is a successful guy with a beautiful fiancé in Zooey (Rashida Jones), however, he has no friends. She has lots and feels for her man, he gets along with all of her friends, but he has no male friends and nobody who could be best man at his forthcoming wedding. Zooey encourages Peter to get out there and start networking to find somebody who is right for him.
In a nice twist on the usual dating theme, Peter then gets out into the dark waters of trying to make male friends that he doesn't know through work or college, which is actually a whole lot more difficult than it sounds, as he has a variety of man dates which obviously throw up all manner of freaks and weirdos. One day, during his day job as an estate agent, Peter bumps into Sydney Fife (Jason Segal) a charming chancer who has only come along to the house viewing (The home belonging to Lou Ferrigno, the original Incredible Hulk) because there was a promise of free food and drink.
The film then follows Peter as he gets to know Sydney, is this a real friendship, or are the straight Peter and wildly hedonistic Sydney too far apart to be real friends, as their relationship develops, both learn good and bad traits from the other, until the inevitable spoke in the wheel occurs and we are left to wonder whether it was all too much too soon for these young buddies, will Sydney be best man at Peter's wedding, will Peter learn anything about being cool?
This is one of a number of 'bromance' films released in 2009, and is superior to some of the others on the market, mainly due to the likeability of the two lead characters. Paul Rudd is made for these roles as a straight laced estate agent who is genuinely likeable but really doesn't have a clue, he exudes likeability but lacks the confidence or know-how to really enjoy life. Jason Segal is hugely enjoyable as Sydney, a man who lives life to the fullest and loves every minute, he is exactly what Peter needs and he turns our dull hero's life upside down. Segal enjoys the role fully and brings the same levels of personability to this role as he has to others, you really want him to succeed, even when he's being a bit of a dick.
Sydney is a man's man, with a home he calls, the 'Man Cave' filled with gadgets, consoles and music, to Peter this is a whole new world and both actors really ham it up bonding over music and such like. They are ably supported by Jones as the lovely fiancé, Andy Samberg is amusing as Peter's gay brother, while Jon Favreau and Jaime Pressly appear as married friends of Peter's fiancé, Favreau in particular is making a habit of playing such parts as a side order to his directing work, while the couple are cartoonish and over the top, they provide a perfect foil to the nice Peter and Zooey.
Some of the humour is quite retro, with some stupid name calling and some interesting language at all stages, Sydney is an unreconstructed male and therefore his life revolves around, women, food, drink, porn, music, sports and playing console games, Peter's revolves around Zooey, as Peter begins to realise he needs to access his inner 'man' there are some amusing scenes and some that are a bit more uncomfortable.
I really enjoyed this film the first time I watched it, it's bright, happy and the cast do a good job of making a fun, funny comedy with good observational and physical humour, Segal is the star of the film playing a larger than life bear of a man, while Rudd plays his straight man, there is a lot of truth in the film, especially in the difficulty modern guys can have feeling like men, or finding new friends when they have female circles, or work is their life, this is both amusing and at times emotive about the subject, with the two lead actors putting in fine performances and balancing the humour with some sensitive touches, this is a decent film which is worth watching, its not great or memorable, but definitely worth watching for a few laughs.
Peter to Sydney: Did you know that the best night I've had in the last 5 years is a night that Zooey and I split a bottle of wine, we made a summer salad and watched "Chocolat" together?
FILM ONLY Review
I was bought this DVD for my birthday by my brother. I hadn't even heard of this film and actually as I have so many DVD's I left it on my shelf for quite some time before I actually watched it.
I immediately recognised Paul Rudd who has starred in some huge films such as Anchorman, 40 year old virgin and Rolemodels and was also Phoebe's boyfriend and eventually husband in Friends. Paul Rudd takes the lead in this film as Peter Klaven. There were also a couple of other familiar faces as minor characters but the other actors, Jason Segel and Rashida Jones who played the other main characters I had never seen in films before.
The film centres on the character Peter Klaven who is a fairly successful estate agent engaged to his ideal woman Zooey (Rashida Jones). Peter seems to bond more easily with women rather than men and with the wedding approaching and the decision of who will be best man looming, Peter seeks some new male friends. The film continues as Peter meets and socialises with a variety of potential friends introduced via his brother and mother. It seems Peter is destined not to have a male best friend when he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) through an open house at a house Peter is selling. The story continues as the two bond, discover similar interests, argue and conclude the film as groom and best man at the wedding.
I thought the storyline was a bit odd and cringe worthy at times. The ending was also very predictable. I am a massive rom-com fan and don't' mind predictability as most rom-coms are very predictable, so this wasn't really a problem for me but might put some people off. It is an original story as I don't think I have seen many films about developing male friendships but overall, I was quite disappointed. The film was not what I expected. I don't think the acting was bad but I just didn't find the characters very likeable. I expected much more from the character Sydney although I am not sure why. There were some laugh out loud moments but on the whole I doubt I would watch this film again. I think that it is more of a young man's film with some themes that would probably be more amusing to boys and men.
I would recommend this film to teenage boys and young men. I did enjoy this film but wouldn't watch it again.
A hilarious movie about a guy who is getting married to his dream girl but who needs to find himself a best man for his wedding.
The only problem is Peter doesn't have any male friends, the only friend he has being his own mother, with the wedding getting nearer and nearer his getting desperate to find that best man.
He ends up meeting Sydney at an open house and they exchange numbers to meet up.
As the two start to become the best of buds, Peter's Fiancee starts to feel left out and starts to doubt her fiance's relationship with his new best friend especially when Sydney blurts out a bedroom secret of Peter and his Fiancee Zooey to the wedding guests.
You really feel sorry for Zooey when watching this as you start to see that she just might be losing her hubby-to-be to his new best friend.
At the same time though you also feel sorry for Sydney (who just want's to stay like Peter Pan) as he just want's a friend that isin't in a relationship and is free all the time to do fun thing's.
A movie that will make you laugh all the way through to the end which it did for me.
Some brilliant acting from Paul Rudd (Role models and knocked up) and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) they are the perfect combination to make this film work.
Would recommend to anybody, this is a film that will keep you laughing and wish you had friends just like them.
As time has passed it seems that Peter Klaven has found it easier to be friends with women. Not only has he moved from relationship to relationship but even all his friends at work are women. It hadn't ever really been a problem till Peter and Zooey get engaged and it suddenly dawns on them that Peter doesn't have a male friend, let alone someone to be his best man. This leads to Zooey, his brother and even his mother arranging all sorts of outings and occasions where he can meet a new male friend. That is until he meets Sydney, could this be the best friend that Peter has been missing all his life?
Despite the combination of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel there has been something nagging in my brain that's put me off seeing I Love You Man. It's another one of those films that seems to tell the whole story in the trailer but thankfully I was surprised to find out it didn't. In fact the film was a lot better than I expected and certainly had a number of moments that far surpassed the comedy of anything shown in the trailer. Its films like this that make me think love film is worthwhile as it's probably not something I'd go out of my way to watch but when randomly selected by Lovefilm and arriving through my door I always feel I should give them a chance.
It comes from director and writer John Hamburg who whilst having not directed anything I've seen has been responsible for writing Meet the Parents and the Fookers. I wouldn't say that his direction is perfect but he had some very good and fresh ideas that really come across quite clearly in the plot and in the direction. I felt he used a good combination of close-ups and lighting to really portray some of the films more sensible moments. He mixed that well with the sillier moments as well and I really felt he did exactly what was required.
Of course there are a number of improvements that could have been made in both the plot and the direction but it works. The end result is a film that runs for just over an hour and 40 minutes and keeps you laughing and more importantly interested. It's not in the same league as Hamburg's previous scripts but it is funny none the less and does exactly what you want it to do. There are a couple of elements to the movie that I found to be quite funny and unique, but on the whole it has been done before, it's just that this movie does it well enough to be remembered.
Even the cast suggests that the movie is going to be better than the average comedy at the moment. I thought the casting of Paul Rudd in the lead part was almost perfect. He seemed to take on the persona of his character in Friends but it seemed to be perfect for this role. He has a very awkward approach to the character of Peter and it works really well. His onscreen friendship with Sydney, played by Jason Segel, works as well. The two of them seemed to really convey that awkward and tense situation that happens when you're getting to know someone, of course there characters get to know a bit more than normal people share about each other but that all adds to the amusement and comical moments.
In fact Segel is an actor I'm liking more and more with each film he does. In his role as Sydney he looks like the part was meant for him and really conveys himself well to the viewer. The comic timing between Segel and Rudd works well and with a really good supporting cast it makes this a very enjoyable film. With the likes of Jon Favreau and Jamie Pressley also making appearances it keeps the comedy level quite high and in fact added to the appeal of the whole film.
Overall it isn't a film that is going to win awards or set new standards but it is enjoyable. I thought that it had a number of very funny scenes and have to admit to being glad that not all of them were confined to the trailer. It's a good movie to watch with the wife or girlfriend and will have you both laughing for large periods of time. Of course no matter how much I recommend this film, I do feel the need to just state again that it doesn't offer any ground breaking comedy moments but what it does, it does well and for that reason it's a comedy I would certainly recommend.
I am a fan of comedy films especially more recently films staring Paul Rudd such as Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshal so I love you man was a must see for me. I love you man was released in 2009 and has the following cast:-
Paul Rudd ... Peter Klaven
Rashida Jones ... Zooey Rice
Jason Segel ... Sydney Fife
Sarah Burns ... Hailey
Jaime Pressly ... Denise
Jon Favreau ... Barry
Jane Curtin ... Joyce Klaven
J.K. Simmons ... Oswald Klaven
Andy Samberg ... Robbie Klaven
There was a great connection between Jason Segel and and Paul Rudd in this film as with the previous film they worked in together Forgetting Sarah Marshal. The film has a good amount of humour and bring everyday situations into the story line so many people can relate to the characters in one way or the other.
Peter Claven who works in real estate is a man who has no male friends and generally finds it easier to get on with women than men which starts to cause a problem when his wedding to fiance Zooey is fast approaching and he has no best man.
Peter trys many ways to find men to be his new friend going on various man dates!!
Finally he finds his best friend in Sydney and we see them doing all the things men friends are ment to do togeather but will Zooey approve of Peters relationship with his new friend Sydney?
I was rolling around on the floor watching this film there is a balance of humour all the way through this film which. My favourite part of the film is when Sydneys dog poo's and he does not clear it up and causes a reaction between him and a jogger!!
I have watched this film now at least 10-12 times and yet I am still not tired of it and as much as I watch it I still can not help but laugh! Maybe this is a man thing because when I watch it now my girlfriend doesn't find it funny any more!
I would recommend this film to anyone who loves to watch a comedy especially if you have enjoyed The 40 Year old Virgin, Knocked Up, Role Models etc.
Personally I would say this is the best comedy film I have watched in years.
Until I watched this movie, I never even realized that most friendship movies were exclusively about girls and I have rarely watched a film whose main focus is the friendship between two men (except mainly for Wedding Crashers). I have to say that I Love You Man is definitely a very endearing, original and one-of-a-kind film. That's not to mention the fabulous performances and hilarious laughs provided by the plot. There was nothing really extraordinary about the story, it was simple and direct to the point but it was really entertaining and provided quite an endearing depiction of male bonding and friendship.
Peter just got engaged to Zoey and when she starts calling up all her friends to announce the big news, Peter realizes that he doesn't have any friends at all. Things get even worse when he overhears Zoey and her girlfriends discussing his lack of male friends. Peter therefore decides to go out and get some friends. After a long list of very un-friendly people, he finally meets Sydney. But while the two of them bond instantly, Sydney's overt eccentrics starts causing rifts between Peter and Zoey...
The on-screen chemistry between Paul Rudd (Peter) and Jason Segel (Sydney) was really, really powerful. Both of them delivered great performances individually but the scenes of them together were even better. They really conveyed the whole friendship message and I really loved the way in which their body languages were quite in synch to each other. Between the two of them, I preferred Segel's performance: Of course this is due to his on-screen persona, but his bubbly and wild character really stood out next to Peter's rather un-lively attitude. I think that the producers wanted to contrast the differences between the two men and the actors' performances really drew the differences out.
The one thing I would deplore with this film is that while it was entertaining and funny, theme-wise, it certainly could have used some help. I felt like there were bits when some elements/scenes were added for no purpose at all, except maybe just to make the film advance. This was a comedy on friendship and there truly are a lot of themes and other elements which the producers could have develop further instead of adding stuff that had no real meaning, importance or relevance to the plot as a whole.
Paul Rudd as Peter
Jason Segel as Sydney
Rashida Jones as Zoey
Jaime Pressly as Denise
Sarah Burns as Hailey
Andy Samberg as Robbie
J.K. Simmons as Oswald
Jane Curtin as Joyce
Okay, I really don't understand the whole point of the music video in the Extras! But the Making Of bit was quite nice, actually- there were plenty of commentaries and interviews. I think as far as Making Of's go, this one was not only informative but also funny and light-heartened as the general spirit of the film.
Overall, this is quite a recommended movie. It's not the kind of film that you see often, the performances and great and plenty of laughs and entertainment provided. The one performance which I wasn't overly fond of was that of Rashida Jones as Zoey, but then again, she didn't have a central role so it didn't really ruin my appreciation of this film.
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I love you, man is a comedy film that was released in 2009. The film is rated 15 due to strong languages and sex references and it has a run time of 105 minutes.
Peter's girlfriend is the woman of his dreams and soon becomes his fiancé.
While she is having a ladies night, he discovers that she's worried about the amount of friends that Peter has. Realising that he wont have a best man that is actually a man at his own wedding, Peter sets out on a mission to find some guy friends. Most of the guys he meets he doesn't get along with at all but then he meets Sydney. Sydney is a real man's man and the total opposite of Peter and he seems to be a bad influence too because Zooey, Peter's fiancé, is less than impressed.
Paul Rudd ... Peter Klaven
Rashida Jones ... Zooey Rice
Jason Segel ... Sydney Fife
Sarah Burns ... Hailey
Jaime Pressly ... Denise
Jon Favreau ... Barry
Jane Curtin ... Joyce Klaven
J.K. Simmons ... Oswald Klaven
Andy Samberg ... Robbie Klaven
Paul Rudd is one of my favourite comedy actors and has yet to do something wrong in my eyes. If a film has his name on it then you can guarantee that I will want to watch it. While Rudd is a good actor, he does seem to play the same kind of roles in comedy films so I would like to see him branch out a little more. That being said, I still really liked him as the quite prude Peter. The scenes where he tries to talk about sex with Sydney were really funny because it was obvious he wasn't really comfortable with it.
Jason Segal was also really good as Sydney. What I liked about this character was how different he was to Peter. He truly is a man's man and seems to know everything about women and partying etc. I read somewhere that Sydney was based on Russell Brand and I can certainly see that in there. Although Peter thinks there are certain rules to a bromance, Sydney often manages to change his opinion on this. The contrast between the two personalities was really fun to watch, especially when they didn't seem to agree on things.
While the story was quite funny and an original concept, it was quite predictable. I think the thing with these kinds of films is that if they weren't predictable somewhere, they wouldn't be as popular and successful. No one really wants an unhappy ending do they? Due to this, I didn't mind the predictability and without it, the film just wouldn't have been as good.
I really enjoyed watching Peter as he tried to make new friends, with the help of his family. Some of the people that he met were so wrong in many ways and I could see why even he didn't want to be friends with them. The guy with the strange, high pitched voice was great but I think I would have ended up slapping him after about half an hour (if that!).
The film overall is very easy to watch and doesn't require any thinking at all so I would recommend it if you want some easy laughs. Unfortunately, it isn't as good as Role Models.
As someone who usually doesn't appreciate Hollywood comedies, feeling as though they try too hard to be funny but is quite taken in by the surge in interest in bromance I was conflicted as whether to watch this film or not. However, with Phil Rudd and Jason Segal I couldn't not watch it. I first came to enjoy Phil Rudd when he was in the film Clueless with Alicia Silverstone and have had a crush on him since. Jason Segal I first noticed in the sitcom How I Met Your Mother (which I recommend).
I Love You, Man is a comedy film with a focus on the friendship or the popular term 'bromance' between two male friends (Peter [Rudd] and Sydney [Segal]) rather than focusing on the relationship between Peter and his fiancee Zooey.
Peter becomes friends with Sydney after he overhears Zooey comment on the fact that he doesn't have any friends to her own friends. After being set up on 'dates' with potential friends he meets Sydney. Their relationship starts with meeting up after work and soon they are spending more and more time together until breaking point is reached. Are they destined to be together, or are they just star-crossed lovers with Zooey being the true love of Peters life? Only watching this film will let you know (or well, you could search the internet but that kind of ruins this part of the review).
I personally really enjoyed this film. It doesn't require much thinking as the premise and plot is made clear and it helped by mirroring the stereotypical male-female romance story onto the bromance story between the two main characters.
The characterisations are also quite simple and not too complex. I am not intending for this to sound like a negative, quite the opposite actually as some films have a tendancy to over-complicate characters when it is not needed. I think both Rudd and Segal play their parts well and produced characters that had more depth than may have been given from other actors. In a simple film such as this complicated characters aren't required and would turn the comedy in to a drama. Sydney is a lads man, he is confident and hasn't quite grown up along side his other friends. Peter is the opposite in that he is quite grown up, doesn't act confident around others and with Sydney he tries to be someone he isn't. Not having had many friends he learns a lot about the unwritten rules of friendship as he goes along. The two actors worked well together to produce a film with the chemistry required to make it believable. Therefore the simple characterisations enhance the level of comedy and make for quite pleasurable viewing.
While I did not find this film to be hilarious it was quite amusing and didn't try too hard to be funny. Although the film is intended to be humourous by mirroring the traditional love story between a woman and a man onto the friendship it doesn't feel the need to point it out too much.
Overall, I would recommend this film. It is amusing, the premise is good, the acting is great with good, believable chemistry between the leads and doesn't require much thinking power. It is a film that you know where you are with it but I find it quite a neccessity as it is, if not the first, one of the firsts of its kind so there is no real need to change the story with lots of twists. I wouldn't say that is an amazing piece of cinema or setting the standard for all new films but I do think that it is a good film that will leave you satisfied and with that warm, fuzzy feeling once it has ended.
It can be bought on Amazon for £4.99 or from your local HMV or other film retailer. It is a good film that is quite widely enjoyable which is why I am giving this film 4 stars: very enjoyable, great actors, doesn't require a lot of grey-matter, good premise just without the staring in awe at the end.
- Cast & Credits -
- Story -
Peter Klaven surprises his girlfriend by proposing to her at the end of a date a few months after they started dating and she accepts. He soon discovers accidentally that she wishes he had more friends, as he's rather friendless at the moment and so he goes on a search to find a new friend who could be his best man at the wedding. This is rather hit or miss but he does end up making friends with a guy called Sydney, however he's rather brash and doesn't go down well with Peters fiancee, Zooey, so this puts a strain on their relationship, just before their wedding!.
What will happen, will he have to end his newly found friendship or will Zooey walk out on him? you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
- Thoughts & Opinions -
This is a rather silly movie but it is quite funny in points. Its rather saucy at points, not really in terms of graphic scenes visually but in terms of Sydney talking about Peter's sex life and saying inappropriate things, so be aware of that. It did make me cringe at points, though it is also quite amusing as I say!. Paul Rudd does his usual performance playing a rather straight laced character who ends up showing his perhaps wilder side as a fan of rock band Rush and getting inadvertently put in a few tricky situations. Sydney ends up giving a toast and it doesn't go down too well etc., its hardly new territory as far as storylines go, really, indeed it reminded me of another comedy I quite like (and prefer really), 'You, Me and Dupree' - with Sydney being the Dupree character in this movie, of course. Probably most couples or families have or know of someone like this, a friend or relative of someone who could do with better manners and that you wouldn't want to invite to certain events.
A more random sub-plot of the movie is with Peter's job as a real estate agent, where he has to sell Lou Ferrigno's (the actor who played The Hulk) house, which he really struggles to do and Lou is less than impressed with him, which leads to an embarrassing encounter when Sydney decides to stand up for Peter after spotting Lou when out and about and there's a nice twist to the story in that respect towards the end of the movie.
It is rather predictable story wise, its nothing new like I say but I did think that it provided enough laughs and I felt like the character of Peter was quite well developed that I did have an interest in seeing how things would turn out as far as him and Zooey were concerned, so it is a good movie but I wouldn't say I love it (man), hence the review title. Its rather silly but its entertaining enough, I didn't feel overly bored or disinterested in it while it was on and I think guys would quite enjoy this movie, some women too if you like these kind of movies, like I tend to lol. I'm not sure that there's much else that can be said about it... I could relate to Peter at the start of the movie though, trying to expand his social circle which isn't necessarily the easiest thing to do and watching the scene with his fiancee and her 'girl friends' sitting and gossipping about him and his lack of a social life, was again quite what I'd term 'cringeworthy' (I keep seeming to use that word, if such a word exists? it does now lol). Its funny to see Peter, after that happens, meeting up with a few people in his search to find a new friend and seeing what those people are like and the embarrassing situations they cause before he finds Sydney, which happens by accident pretty much, compared to the earlier 'guy hookups' I guess you could call them(?) which were set up by a friend of Peters at a local gym.
- Would I Recommend It? -
Its amusing and entertaining enough to be worth watching, though its hardly a brilliant movie. Its not too memorable but it is quite good light entertainment and I did feel I connected to the main character and was interested to see what happened, so it worked well in that respect, though don't expect too much from it really. Its good but by no means great aka I like it but I don't love it (man) lol, so I'd say that its worth renting or catching on TV if your interested but I wouldn't really bother paying alot for the DVD.
I hope you found my review useful, thanks for any and all r/r/c's. This review is also posted on Ciao UK.
Released on DVD in August 2009, "I Love You, Man" is a comedy film starring Paul Rudd, Jason Segel and Rashida Jones. With a certificate 15 rating in the UK and a running time of 101 minutes this is my film only review of this title.
Peter Klaven (Rudd) and Zooey (Jones) have just announced their engagement and Zooey has excitedly rung round all her close girlfriends with the news. Peter however doesn't have any real, close male friends to call and we discover that although he has plenty of male acquaintances there are none that he considers to be friends. Peter, it seems has always been more than happy to stay focused on his girlfriends in past relationships and although a friendly and amiable guy he was never that bothered about spending time with other guys outside of work so never had a proper male friendship.
When Peter overhears Zooey friends talk about his lack of male buddies and they voice their concerns that he may end up being a clingy husband Peter decides to ask his brother for help in meeting new friends especially as he will need a best man now that he is engaged. Not sure of the 'rules' or actually how he would go about meeting new people (particularly other men) his brother sets him up on 'man dates' with a few of his friends. After a few disasters Peter and Sydney's (Segel) paths cross and after a conversation they swap business cards and Peter follows up the initial meeting with a phone call.
We follow Peter and Sydney as they start a tentative friendship, they start going out together, and meeting up after work and at first Zooey is thrilled for Peter. However the path of true love (even in friendship) never runs smoothly and Peter may find himself torn between his fiancée and his new best friend, what happens next? You'll have to find out for yourself...
This was another title that was included on my Lovefilm list to make the numbers up rather than being an eagerly awaited must-see film. I included it because I do enjoy American comedies and find Paul Rudd to be an engaging comedy actor who usually takes on the role of the leading man's buddy rather than being the lead himself. In this film he is the leading man and his acting capabilities are by no means stretched, he is playing a character that he has played many times in the past and as ever he is competent and charming in the role.
Probably best described by the new term 'bro-mance' the film makers have tapped in to the relatively new area of exploring male friendships, the plots premise is simple enough and doesn't require any 'leaps of faith' from the viewer. Simply put the film questions and addresses how awkward it is for men to make friends with other men when they have no initial common ground like working together or having been close from school/college. Being a guy myself I can see how awkward this would be, after all how comfortable would you be by walking up to a random stranger and engaging in conversation with them? The awkwardness and motivation of your actions would be questioned, and from my point of view I would initially assume (rightly or wrongly) that I was being chatted up or think I was being the victim of a practical joke. Men generally don't do this with other men, it just doesn't happen - especially where I live!
So, with this in mind this is where Peter has a problem, just how can he make friends without appearing too needy, desperate or after more than a friendship with another man. This is where the comedic moments begin to kick in. Being set up on 'man-dates' is as you can imagine is uncomfortable and awkward for Peter and he stumbles his way through a few of these with embarrassment and, more importantly, no better off than he was before - these parts were, thankfully, far funnier than being overly cringey as I am not overly keen on embarrassing moments in films personally, I was relieved to actually be able to laugh rather than cringe.
I liked all the performances from all the characters and found them all to be great in their roles, Jason Segel is on form as Sydney; a true 'mans-man' who is more than comfortable around his male friends and the forming relationship between him and Peter is believable and well acted. Paul Rudd is really good in the initial meetings between the two, not quite knowing how to be and learning the 'rules' of male friendship as he goes along. The two do appear close and as their friendship develops you can see the obvious chemistry between them and they play off each other rather nicely.
Overall I found the film to be enjoyable, funny in places and with the obligatory feel-good ending it passed the time by without being overly long or drawn out. I have no criticisms with the acting, script or plot and actually found myself enjoying it more than I thought I would. It won't set new standards for other films to aim for, it isn't all that new and innovative and it isn't by any means groundbreaking, but as a comedy it delivers laughs where it should and features some fine performances by the cast, and that's all I could ask for really.
It wasn't the best film I have ever seen and wasn't as funny as "The Hangover" so doesn't rate as high with me, saying that though I would have no hesitation in recommending the film to anyone and think a 3.5/5 rating would be more than fair. The film is available to buy from Amazon for £4.99 which is a great price and for that outlay I would definitely recommend its purchase.
In conclusion then and for the sake of dooyoo's rating criteria I will round my rating up to 4/5 stars and end this review with a 'thumbs up' from me.
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FILM ONLY REVIEW
Peter Kalven has met the love of his life in Zooey so he proposes and she accepts, setting the wedding plans in motion though proves harder for Peter than he though as he has never really had any friends which are men so has no best man. He does not find it a problem until he overhears Zooey and her friends talking about it. Peter sets about joining an internet site to make new friends in the hope he can find a best man.
After several failed man dates and one long song from a date his Mom arranged Peter practically gives up. It is at on open house Peter is hosting in the hope of selling Lou Ferrigno's house that he meets Sydney and they instantly hit it off. They swap business cards and are soon arranging to meet.
Sydney works in investments and is a complex man, he is so different from Peter and they seem to make a go of their new friendship but when they start to spend too much time together it puts a strain on Peters relationship with Zooey.
Will Peter and Sydney's friendship last so he can ask him to be best man or will Peter not need one after he spends all his time with Sydney?
After seeing Paul Rudd in a lot of comedy films over the last year which have been very good I was expecting the same from this one but for some reason both me and hubby did not quite enjoy it as much as we had been expecting. We found the storyline was good and quite different from any other film we had seen but for both of us we got bored half way through and nearly ended up turning it off. I don't thinks the chemistry between the actors helped sell the storyline and make it as funny as it could have been.
Paul Rudd took the lead role of Peter and he did an average job. I did not warm to his character at first and felt he was slightly wooden. He did try and make jokes which to both me and hubby were a waste of time as they just were not funny in any way. His character was one who felt more comfortable in the presence of women and at times the way he spoke with them and acted around them made him actually seem to be gay. I did find there was a good chemistry on screen with him and the role of Zooey who was played by Rashida Jones. She was a much easier character to warm to and seemed more comfortable in her role. I loved how she openly told her close friends all her secrets and all about her sex life as this made for a few giggles when Peter found out.
The one part which seemed totally out of place in the film and the acting as if the actor did not even want to be there was that of Jason Segel who played Sydney. He just seemed to come across as not being bother with anything. I did like his carefree attitude at times as it gave some fun moments but for the majority of the film he seemed to not be interest in what he was saying or doing. I think the way he was out spoken did not suit his appearance sand I did actually feel the chemistry between him and Paul Rudd was very forced which did not make their on screen friendship seem genuine.
There were a lot of supporting and surprise actors in the film but the one which I enjoyed was the addition of Lou Ferrigno who was playing himself, he was not featured much but he did a great job when on screen and I loved the part he played. The other actors were all quite good and we had a good diverse bunch which did help give the storyline some depth and character.
The film was based in the present time so no real effort was needed with the costumes or the sets. They were all good and the few special effects which were used worked and fitted into the film very well. The music was also very good and I liked how it varied from old rock bands too modern tunes.
This film is supposed to be a comedy but we did not find this to be the case. There were a few moments when both me and hubby giggled and this was mainly to do with the dog mess which people kept treading in but it seemed as if the actors were trying to hard to be funny and it just did not work. There are some fun moments when certain characters do daft things or one cannot hold his alcohol but no where near enough for this to be classed as a comedy.
The running time of this film is 105 minutes and the certificate is a 15. I think the running time could have been cut by a good 20 minutes and we still would not have lost anything from the storyline as both me and hubby felt it did drag a lot in the middle. I do also agree with the certificate as there are parts with bad language and I don't think they are suitable for the younger viewer. As this is a film only review there are no bonus features to speak of.
I will recommend this film but not to buy, rent or borrow or even wait until it comes onto the telly, maybe it was me and hubby not finding it as funny as others will but for me us it was a massive let down.
I Love you Man is a rather average comedy that has a few laughs in it but is not a film I would recommend renting rather it is one to watch on TV and then if you do not like it all you have lost is younr time and not your hard earned cash.
Paul Rud stars as Peter Klaven who works as an estate agent in Los Angeles and is all set to marry Zooey Rice who is played by Rashida Jones and the two have a happy marriage however he is struggling to come up with a best man as he has never had a best friend who is male all the way through his life which I guess is a little strange as most blokes have at least one friend like that.
In a strange choice he decides to go on what are ineffect a series of dates with men to see if he can find a friend and this is when he meets a total slacker in the form of Sydney played by Jason Segal. Sydney is a total slob and rather irresponsible and the two opposites clash straight away and this is where the comedy comes in.
It is a rather weak plot and seems to have been rather manipulated just to create the comedy situations, it is not a total waste of time as there are some funny moments and Segal plays Sydney really well.
Paul Rudd ... Peter Klaven
Jason Segel... Sydney
Sarah Burns ... Hailey
Jaime Pressly ... Denise
Rashida Jones ... Zooey Rice
Jon Favreau ... Barry
Apart from the plot weakness the film does lack any real depth to the supporting roles depite the prescence of Jon Favreau and that is what lets it down ultimately and makes it only worth three stars from me.
I watched this at the weekend as it was on sky movies. I had heard nothing about it, but I find Paul Rudd quite funny so I decided to watch it.
The basic storyline is about Paul Rudd who plays a character called Peter Klaven. In the first scene he is asking his girlfriend to marry him, and she accepts, they both look like normal people, so I was already wondering what the film was going to be about and hoping it wasn't all just comedy wedding planning scenarios. I was quite relieved to find out that it was about Peter Klaven having no male friends, so struggling to find a best man.
He quickly realises he needs more male friends and goes on various "man dates" to find some. These all turn out to be a waste of time until he meets someone at an open house he is having for one of his clients. He meets a man named Sydney Fife (played by Jason Segel) and their relationship as buddies blossoms. The various "man dates" that he goes on are pretty funny, especially as one of the men is a real idiot who lets him come to his poker night, and it really doesn't work out well for either of them.
I thought that this film was pretty funny, it wasn't hilarious, but there were some parts really worth watching for. It's interesting to watch their friendship develop and the cost of that relationship on his potential wedding.
There were a few points in the film where I really couldn't work out what was going on and thought that maybe Sydney Fife was a scam artist, but it does all get explained quite quickly so I wasn't confused for too long.
This was a good film, not as funny as other Paul Rudd films, but there were moments that were really brilliant. It's just light hearted good comedy.