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I Love You, Man (2009)



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

Movie Info

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 Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is just like most other guys, only when it comes to making friends he's always been a bit withdrawn.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 even have any friends close enough to qualify for the role of best man. And what better method to find the perfect best man than to spend some time getting to know the most qualified candidate for the position? While most of Peter's "man dates" are incredibly awkward from the very beginning, the desperate bridegroom is surprised to hit it off with Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) on their very first meeting. Sydney is charming, personable, and opinionated, and before long he and Peter have become inseparable. But this isn't exactly what Zooey had in mind, because the closer that Peter grows to his new "bro," the further he drifts from the woman who will soon be his wife. Now, with the wedding closing in and the drama heating up, Peter begins to ponder a means of staying good friends with Sydney while still remaining true to the woman he loves. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: R (for pervasive language, including crude and sexual references)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: John Hamburg, Larry Levin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 11, 2009
Box Office: $71.3M
Dreamworks/Paramount - Official Site


Paul Rudd
as Peter Klaven
Jason Segel
as Sydney Fife
Andy Samberg
as Robbie Klaven
Lou Ferrigno
as Himself
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Critic Reviews for I Love You, Man

All Critics (200) | Top Critics (42)

[T]his unpretentious crowd-pleaser is still punchy enough to send packed theaters reeling in riotous laughter.

Full Review… | October 20, 2014
Film Comment Magazine

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.

Full Review… | March 20, 2013
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'.

Full Review… | September 29, 2012

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

Full Review… | April 9, 2012
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.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
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.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Audience Reviews for I Love You, Man



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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.

Josh Morris
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.

Christian C

Super Reviewer

I Love You, Man Quotes

Peter Klaven: She was pretty hot.
Sydney Fife: Ya, I fucked her.
– Submitted by Daniel R (3 years ago)
Peter Klaven: Laters on the menjay.
– Submitted by Jesse C (3 years ago)
Peter Klaven: Alright. Laters on the menjay. [Hangs up]
– Submitted by Shawna R (4 years ago)
Peter Klaven: Why does everything I say sounds like a Leprechaun!?
– Submitted by Alonso A (4 years ago)

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