Movie Review:
Rudd searches for 'bromance'
Posted March 27, 2009

There is a lot to be said about a guy who needs a best man for his wedding. At least John Hamburg seems to think so with his movie “I Love You, Man,” which he wrote, directed and produced.

The always pleasant Paul Rudd (“Role Models”) stars opposite Jason Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) in what is being identified by moviegoers and critics as a true “bromance.”

So what is the big deal over a guy getting a guy to be his best man?

Is it because he cannot choose amongst his friends or choose between his brothers? You guessed it. Neither.

Successful real estate agent, Peter Klaven, (Rudd) has popped the question to his girlfriend Zooey (Rashida Jones) and after she gracefully accepts, Peter realizes that he does not have a close enough guy friend to be his best man.

What starts out to be seemingly a minor issue, turns into a mad drive of friend searching after Peter overhears Zooey’s friends warning her that he will be clingy once married since he has no close friends.

Peter, who finds it easier to mingle with women than men, turns to his gay younger brother for help, who ironically appears more masculine than Peter himself.

With help from his brother and the Internet, Peter lands himself a few “man-dates,” which include an obnoxious freak, a senior citizen and of course a homosexual.

Who did not see that one coming?

Not until several of his man-dates go shockingly wrong does Peter meet the one and only Sydney Fife (Segel) at the mansion he is currently trying to sell.

Sydney is an all-round friendly dude who is easy to get along with and, lucky for Peter, they hit it off almost instantly after learning they both love the rock band Rush. The search for a best man has finally come to an end.

Unfortunately for Peter, his relationship with his fiancee begins to suffer as his bond with best-pal Sydney grows.

Come on, can a man not have his cake and eat it too?

In an attempt to mend his relationship, Peter opts to end things with Sydney, which for the audience is more devastating a breakup than if it were with Zooey.

Soon enough 95 percent of the movie goes by without the words “I love you, man” ever muttered, which should make it clear to you the destiny of Sydney and Peter. The end.

Despite an unbalanced mix of sexual and crude humor, “I Love You, Man” commands laughs throughout its duration.

It was especially funny hearing the 12 second delayed laughs of elder members of the audience whenever a dirty sex joke was made. It arguably is meant for moviegoers under the age of 55.

And it was painful as much as it was amusing to watch Peter making up ridiculous dude slangs in order to act like one of the guys. Saying “totes magotes” instead of “totally” is a prime example.

Some events in the movie were underdeveloped though. Zooey and Peter’s little argument towards the climax hardly justified Peter ending his friendship with Sydney.

It seemed like a poor excuse to shake things up in a storyline that was already milked.

Paul Rudd could not have been cast in a more suitable role. His charm and quirky personality keep the audience satisfied.

Whether you take your best girl or best man, you are guaranteed a laugh or two.

Mark Vidal can be reached at

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