I Love You, Man (3 stars)

I Love You, Man

(15) 104min


The brotherly-love or ‘bro-mance’ genre that Judd Apatow developed and mainstreamed with Knocked Up and Superbad shows no signs of running low on testosterone, with I Love You, Man picking up where last year’s equally acerbic Role Models left off. The trick of the modern ‘bro-mance’ is that the energy that traditional lovelorn protagonists used to expend on trying to charm women is now firmly re-directed towards bonding with their male friends.

Despite successfully getting engaged to Zooey (Rashida Jones, daughter of music producer Quincy), real-estate agent Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) feels the lack of a balancing male companion, and after an excruciating series of man-dates, finally clicks with boorish alpha-male Sydney Fife (Forgetting Sarah Marshall’s Jason Segel).

After bonding over a covert wind-breaking incident at Hulk-star Lou Ferrigno’s house, the two men finally make their manly connection while listening to Rush albums in Fife’s man-cave, but their sense of brotherly love soon overshadows Klaven’s potential romance with Zooey.

Even without Apatow’s direct influence, the patented formula for fresh, feel-good filth still hits the spot under the smooth direction of John Along Came Polly Hamburg. Segal provides an ideal comic foil, a brash ball of alpha-male energy whereas Rudd is, as always, buttoned-down thinking personified. Throw in laugh-out-loud cameos from JK Simmons and Andy Shamberg as Klaven’s dad and brother respectively, and I Love You, Man’s best moments hit the heights of an accomplished character comedy.

General release from Fri 10 Apr.

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I Love You, Man

  • 3 stars
  • 2009
  • US
  • 1h 44min
  • 15
  • Directed by: John Hamburg
  • Cast: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Jaime Pressly, Sarah Burns, Andy Samberg, JK Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau

Despite being engaged to Zooey (Jones), Peter Klaven (Rudd) lacks male companionship and auditions potentials to find Sydney Fife (Segel) after bonding over wind-breaking, but their brotherly love soon threatens to overshadow Peter and Zooey's. This bro-mance's best moments hits the heights of accomplished character…