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I Love You, Man (2009)

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84

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 200
Fresh: 167 | Rotten: 33

I Love You, Man makes the most of its simple premise due to the heartfelt and hilarious performances of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.

84

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 43
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 7

I Love You, Man makes the most of its simple premise due to the heartfelt and hilarious performances of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.

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Engaged to the woman of his dreams yet uncomfortable with the prospect of not having a best man for his upcoming wedding, a successful real estate agent with no male friends schedules a series of "man dates" in hopes of finding a suitable candidate for the big day. Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is just like most other guys, only when it comes to making friends he's always been a bit withdrawn. After proposing to his girlfriend, Zooey (Rashida Jones), however, Peter quickly realizes that he doesn't

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Drama, Comedy

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John Hamburg

Aug 11, 2009

$71.3M

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The concept is solid, applying rusty romcom clichés to a tale of new-found masculine buddydom. But the plot is scatty.

April 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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I Love You, Man is the second movie this year -- He's Just Not That Into You being the first -- with a popular catchphrase for its title. This is one of the film's few distinctions.

March 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Comments (5)
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It's a thin premise, and I Love You, Man features the usual quota of jokes involving masturbation, projectile vomiting and flatulence. But is it worth it? Thanks to Rudd and Segel (and some terrific cameos), totes magotes.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comments (2)
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The picture is worth catching for the delicate and toxic nuances of Rudd's performance.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comments (2)
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Though the script doesn't always rise to their level, I Love You, Man is more than worth seeing for the chemistry between the shambling Segel and the endlessly inventive Rudd.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Slate
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It's a hilarious comedy made even more successful because so much of the satire seems fresh.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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One of the better recent 'buddy comedies' and one if you're in the mood to laugh, you definitely won't regret showing a little love.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

Rudd and Segel share genuine chemistry and the early scenes in which their bromance blossoms are tinged with recognisable humour; the dumb nicknames; the inexplicable use of silly voices; the embarrassingly out-dated 'man slang'.

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

If Rudd steals the show, Segel deserves props for downplaying Sydney's regressiveness.

April 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

It's hard not to like this witty, well-made celebration of friendship in which two very different guys come to know and appreciate each other.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

For both men though, it's the sincerity lurking just beneath the bravado which sets the film apart from the abrasive comedy it might have been.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

At the end of the day it is a pretty formulaic bromantic comedy, and the little bit of a twist it has can't hide that fact. But it's done really, really well and that counts for a lot.

March 27, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

The film is a microcosm of us all, guys - raucous, juvenile and puerile on the outside, but tender, sweet and vulnerable in our hearts.

March 9, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

Pays respect to the crucial role male bonding plays in adulthood...

January 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

We all know where the film is heading, but that's hardly the point. Rudd and Segel are such entertaining guides you're willing to follow them anywhere.

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Thanks to the incredible chemistry of its two leads, I Love You, Man stands as one of the best buddy comedies since Swingers.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Feel the man love with I Love You, Man, a constantly entertaining comedy about marriage, love, and friendship which is aimed towards adults.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

One of the funniest movies in a long time.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews

It's a solid entry in the we're-guys-who-are-kinda-sorta-maybe-growing-up-but-maybe-not genre, but when tedium threatens to take over the cast steps in and keeps it consistently funny from start to finish.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Rudd and Segel, who both appeared in Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, make a fine comic duo, clearly two different types but not one-dimensional stock characters.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com
EricDSnider.com

The dude looking for a good grossout will be disappointed.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

A mellow, Zen-like vibe trickles through this otherwise raunchy buddy comedy...

June 30, 2010 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

With discussions of music, relationships, aging and growing up, it acts like a latter-day Lemmon - Matthau comedy, with a sadness underneath that makes it authentic.

November 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

...the movie possesses a stagnant feel that inevitably diminishes its overall impact.

November 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Rudd creates a likably, uniquely quirky and hilariously adorkable character that would be unthinkable played by anyone else.

September 7, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

The chemistry between leading men Paul Rudd and Jason Segel is fantastic and the setup, although slightly ridiculous, yields a mother lode of comedic situations.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

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I Love You, Man is an often surprising, mostly hilarious and offbeat Hollywood comedy. It's expertly performed by a wall to wall cast of A list comedians and fresh 'slice of life' situations that are both low key and deliciously lewd. It has empathy and sensitivity for its characters, yet still manages to be raunchy - in a good way. Written and directed by John Hamburg, the auteur behind Meet the Parents and its sequels, the script delivers the laughs and more depth than this type of studio movie usually provides.

Paul Rudd, arguably the finest straight man working in comedies today, plays Pete, a repressed and slightly wimpy fellow who has no 'guy friends. His new fiance, Zooey, Rashida Jones has decided that the one thing missing before the wedding is a friend/best man, and Rudd is thrown into the cruel world of modern male bonding to find a pal. Jason Segal, plays Sydney, his budding BFF, a unfiltered and painfully honest oddball. The film is all about their on again, off again, 'bromance'.

The bench strength in the cast is the movie's ace in the hole. Rudd's parents are played by the great Jane Curtin and J.K. Simmons, his gay yet masculine brother is played by Andy Samberg, and Jamie Pressly and Jon Favreau play Zooey's best friend and her blowhard poker playing husband. All get stuff to do, and make the material really sing. Rashida Jones is saddled with a generic nice girlfriend character, but infuses it with her unique warmth and offbeat energy, a wise casting decision for an underwritten role.

What is special about the film is its quiet empathy and acceptance of various lifestyles and its unwillingness to trade in stereotypes. When Rudd is 'fixed up' with a potential best friend (Thomas Lennon), his date misunderstands and believes they are on a romantic first date. The subsequent tongue kiss is hilarious and cringe worthy, but is not a condemnation or mockery of the love struck man. We feel empathy and humanity towards him not because he is ridiculous, but because the film is about all of our missed signals and romantic mistakes.

This is unmistakably a Hollywood comedy, not an offbeat indie quirkfest, but handled by wonderful cast and a solid, cliche busting script, it was really a pleasure.
May 4, 2013
Josh Morris

Super Reviewer

Funny but cliched. I don't really get what the point of such a movie is, but maybe they don't all need to have a point if they make you smile for a few moments.
April 4, 2013
cchclaw

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Funny.
January 10, 2013
Raajay

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    1. Peter Klaven: She was pretty hot.
    2. Sydney Fife: Ya, I fucked her.
    – Submitted by Daniel R (20 months ago)
    1. Peter Klaven: Laters on the menjay.
    – Submitted by Jesse C (23 months ago)
    1. Peter Klaven: Alright. Laters on the menjay. [Hangs up]
    – Submitted by Shawna R (2 years ago)
    1. Peter Klaven: Why does everything I say sounds like a Leprechaun!?
    – Submitted by Alonso A (2 years ago)
    1. Peter Klaven: There were tons of guys who were licking each others basses
    – Submitted by Zach O (2 years ago)
    1. Peter Klaven: Slappa da bass!
    – Submitted by Joseph A (3 years ago)
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