I kind of like you man
March 24, 2009
Filed under Entertainment
“I Love You, Man” is the latest release from the so-called “Jew Crew,” the band of funnymen that includes the likes of Seth Rogen, Paul Rudd and Jonah Hill. It delivers the funny and presents itself in that goofy, heartwarming manner that makes these guys so endearing.
Peter Klaven (Rudd) is about to get married, but his lady love Zooey (Rashida Jones) is concerned over his lack of male friends and thinks he should go make some, so at the very least their wedding party will have a balanced look. Peter sets out on a series of “man dates” to find himself a best man, set up by his mother (Jane Curtin), his brother (Andy Samberg), and Zooey’s friend Denise (Jaime Pressly). It’s not until he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) that he thinks he has found his best man.
Rudd does what he does best in this movie. Just like any episode of “Friends” or awful “Halloween” sequel he appear in, he plays Paul Rudd. Which is more than all right, as all these characters call for the sweet, awkward, doe-eyed everyman who can get good and crass when with his boys. He is a fledgling real estate agent who is currently trying to sell Lou Ferrigno’s mansion, but finding it difficult. Peter has no male friends, and finds the whole process odd and difficult, but while the friendship blooms with Sydney, and he builds confidence, his relationship with Zooey struggles.
Segel stands out once again, stealing scenes just like he has been since “Freak and Geeks” all those eons ago. Sydney is going through his own problems, as well. He is a career man-child whose good friends are all but grown-up. Sydney is a successful investor, but refuses to buy into this lifestyle. It takes the friendship of the buttoned down Peter to do something about the void in his life. Thankfully though, he refrains from the full frontal male nudity this time around.
“I Love You, Man” delivers the same laughs that we have been getting from these guys for years now, but cuts down on the crude humor. The humor is fairly understated and relies more on timing and facial expressions than vulgarity. Not to mention attempts at beating up Lou Ferrigno.
This new wave of comedies is a welcome change of pace that recent cinema has brought us. Humor that is weighed down with humanizing aspects, protagonists that have character defects and the humanizing way that the directors want to exploit them. “I Love You, Man” is more or less a Judd Apatow clone, but Judd Apatow did it right, so why break the mold?
Obviously correlating male relationships with borderline homosexuality, Director John Hamburg hits the nail right on the head. What unfolds is incredibly mediocre and middle of the road, but the depictions are so real that the movie is still enjoyable.
Men are way more comfortable and open with their guy friends than they will ever claim to be with their girlfriends, and will confide everything in them, spend all their time with them and go on dates with them. But at the end of the night, they still need to get laid.