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I Love You, Man

Romance . Comedy

Peter Klaven is a successful real estate agent who, upon getting engaged to the woman of his dreams, Zooey, discovers, to his dismay and chagrin, that he has no male friend close enough to serve as his Best Man. Peter immediately sets out to rectify the situation, embarking on a series of bizarre and awkward "man-dates," before meeting Sydney Fife.

Actors: Jean Villepique , J.K. Simmons , Jane Curtin , Jon Favreau , Jaime Pressly , Greg Levine , Sarah Burns , Jason Segel , Rashida Jones , Paul Rudd
Directors: John Hamburg
Country: USA
Release: 2009-03-20
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  • Peter Hartlaub

    It's a hilarious comedy made even more successful because so much of the satire seems fresh.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    By far the best Judd Apatow comedy that Judd Apatow had nothing at all to do with.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Above all, just plain funny. It's funny with some dumb physical humor, yes, and some gross-out jokes apparently necessary to all buddy movies, but also funny in observations, dialogue, physical behavior and Sydney Fife's observations as a people-watcher.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    ILYM is the comedy that Rudd lovers have been waiting for since he first charmed us silly in "Clueless." It explores both the dweeby and heartthrobby sides of this guy whose crooked smile fails to mask his social anxiety.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    This movie was absolutely hilarious, and proved that dating might be easy, but making friends is much harder.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Stephen Farber

    It's a rare comedy that actually grows funnier on reflection. It benefits enormously from the talents of the two stars.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Rudd's timing has always been good, but in I Love You, Man he gives the finest performance of his career, breaking his comic beats down into weird and wonderful fractional increments. It's as if he's invented a new comedy dialect. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    I Love You, Man is totally formulaic, but the formula is unnervingly (and hilariously) inside out.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    The movie delivers an absolutely complete, fully realized, delightfully novel redo of the hoariest of forms: the meet-cute, love-at-first-sight, break-up-and-make-up, racing-to-the-altar slapstick weepy that's been a staple of cinema since the invention of cinema.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Despite the movie's many flaws, the two leads' genuine rapport is enough to give the audience a solid contact high.

    Slate Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    After delivering scene-stealing turns in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Knocked Up" Rudd claims the much-deserved spotlight in I Love You, Man, which in its own endearing way tweaks the very same male-bonding pieties that those movies made a fortune celebrating.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Apatow became the hottest comedy director in the business by seamlessly combining relationship comedy that didn't bore the guys and wild comedy that didn't nauseate the girls; this is a knockoff, pure and simple, but its wit and ingenuous characters prove how far the bar's been raised.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    The movie goes soft in its final stages, but Rudd and Segel keep it real. "Sweet, sweet hangin'," says Peter of knowing Sydney. The same goes for the movie.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    What works best is whatever's completely incidental to the story, such as the totes-magotes/slippy mcgippy jive talk.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Hilarious and socially astute.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Jason Buchanan

    The result is a film that's comfortable and familiar, but at the same time feels fresh, fun, and original.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    There are ribald jokes and gross-out episodes, but the movie works because everything hinges on the camaraderie and undeniable chemistry between Rudd and Segel.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The movie stakes out a whole new arena - male social performance anxiety - and ruthlessly mines it for comic embarrassment.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Both Rudd and Segel have splendid comic timing and their improvised scenes leap out from the script.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    This comedy of stereotypes pokes fun at poker buddies and coffee klatches only to make room for variations on more recent stereotypes. Some of the boldest 'types provide the funniest bits, such as Jon Favreau's embodiment of an upscale Stanley Kowalski who treats all-male card games as clan rites.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Marc Mohan

    The real revelation is Lou Ferrigno, in his first non-Hulk-related big-screen role since 2002. OK, so he plays himself.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    The central love story, platonic though it may be, is entirely between the men. Their connection - and I’m determined to avoid the word “bromance” - saves this film from becoming just another Apatowian wanna-be.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    A fitfully funny comedy.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    The picture is worth catching for the delicate and toxic nuances of Rudd's performance. And one of its funniest corollaries is that it shows how hilarious and instructive a star this perennial supporting player can be.

    Time Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    What saves I Love You, Man, at least partially, is the relaxed chemistry between Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, both very funny men who are genuine enough to push back against a premise that's often maddeningly artificial.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Despite the clever premise and several laugh-aloud moments, the film as a whole underwhelms.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Jon Favreau, J.K. Simmons, Thomas Lennon and half a dozen other capable comedians drift in and out. Yet the movie seems long even at 105 minutes.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Stina Chyn

    For most of the film's 104 minutes, the characters have experiences that range from serious to zany. Although I can't formulate a better resolution to the narrative conflicts, I Love You, Man ends on a note that is too cute and conventional to accept.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    An amusing scenario gets a big boost from winning performances all round -- which lift it well above other bride vs. buddy 'triangle' japes like, say, "You, Me And Dupree."

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Rudd is amusing enough; Segel, who towers over Rudd, is amusing, too, though the role seems to have been written for Owen Wilson. Maybe Wilson was busy. Lucky him.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Watching this movie is like listening to Michael Jackson tell you what real men are like.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Could have taken a more relevant, insightful and even funnier cut at a very rich topic. But the filmmakers didn't; they went with dog poo instead.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    A Judd Apatow clone that's one of the few recent R-rated raunch fests the ubiquitous auteur of larky crudeness actually had nothing to do with, I Love You, Man cranks out the kind of lowball humor that makes you gag on your own laughs.

    Variety Full Review
  • Josh Rosenblatt

    And like most women in bromance comedies, Jones does exactly what she's supposed to do by doing almost nothing.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
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