Saturday, March 28, 2009
I Love You, Man is a fun and funny film which can probably stake the claim of being the first "brom-com". This has many of the ingredients of a good rom-com, but renovated around the trendy notion of "bromance". The story centers around Peter (Paul Rudd), the "perfect guy", who is soon to be married to a lovely girl Zooey. (So already, the rom-com formula is upside-down, as we're starting with a perfect happy couple.) But as Zooey is talking to her two BFF girlfriends about everything including wedding plans, they stumble onto the quandary of who is going to be Peter's best man, since he has no male friends. And from there the improbable and hilarious quest is launched of finding Peter a best friend to be his best man. Zooey and her girlfriends and Peter's Mom all set Peter up on various "man-dates", with amusingly dismal results, until Peter stumbles onto Sydney (Jason Segel). Sydney really gets Peter, and it's the start of a beautiful friendship. Until Peter starts spending so much time with Sydney that Zooey starts getting jealous. The whole farce has its finger on the contemporary pulse and skewers it in the style of L.A. Story. The earnestness of Paul Rudd and the natural goofy hipsterness of Jason Segel make for great chemistry. We left with big grins from this fun and original film.