Saturday, August 22, 2009

I Love You, Man - DVD Review


Starring Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, JK Simmons, Andy Samburg, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau, Jaime Pressly, Thomas Lennon, Aziz Ansari and Lou Ferrigno.
Directed by John Hamburg.

There is a trend that Judd Apatow started that has inspired spawns and spin-offs, and the world of comedy is better off for it. The bromance is turning into one of the most reliable genre comedies the past couple years. Now here comes one where an awkward ladies man (Paul Rudd) realizes he has no male friends, and he sets out to find one so he can have a best man for his wedding. But how does a guy in his 30's find new male friends?

Rudd's been good ever since his breakout role as Alicia Silverstone's stepbrother in 1995's Clueless, and here his painful attempts to be a dude rank up there with Nathan Lane's efforts to play it straight in The Birdcage. Jason Segel, who was behind the very funny Forgetting Sarah Marshall, plays the normal(ish) guy Rudd meets and tries to befriend.

Director John Hamburg was behind the rather unfunny Along Came Polly, but I guess it just shows that many directors can thrive if given the right material.

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