Sunday, August 16, 2009

I Love You, Man

Man, I didn't like this film as much as I'd have wanted to despite all the buzz surrounding it. While being enjoyable and a little bit funny, I Love You, Man is unfortunately formulaic. Nonetheless, the film is still worth renting because the cast's performance makes it easy to digest.

Peter (Paul Rudd), a Realtor from Southern California, is about to marry Zoe (Rashida Jones). However, to Zoe's surprise, Peter still hasn't thought about designating a best man. This is due to the fact that Peter, throughout his life, has always been able to befriend girls. Besides, this goes without saying that he lacks the skills to connect with guys. In order to correct this issue, Peter, with a little help from his gay brother Robbie (Andy Samberg), does everything he can to find new "guy friends". However, when a friendship between Sydney (Jason Segel) and him grows, Zoe feels a little bit neglected by Peter.

Honestly, from the beginning, I felt that I Love You, Man was going to be better than what I'm normally used to see. Unlike many comedies made in North America, it actually tries to use its premise to provide us with fun. This fun can be seen when Peter tries to feel easy with men (as friends): his attempt to understand them or (and none the least) his attempt to hold his liquor. Besides, as Peter gets tighter with Sydney, the script manages to leave some room for some complications that Peter faces in his interpersonal relations.

However, any praise for the film should stop there. In fact, as the film approaches its end, it becomes too predictable. Obviously, the film does want to leave some place for a few tensions. However, whether these moments last for a long or a short time, they just don't bring any uncertainty in us. What will happen to the characters at the end? Don't even bother to ask yourself that question; you already know the answer while you're watching the film.

Finally, I Love You, Man is an enjoyable comedy that hopefully doesn't have a script that leaves to be desired. In other words, it can be seen as an effort by Hollywood to be as serious as the French when it comes to making comedies. By the way, did I mention that Paul Rudd and Jason Segel smoothly deliver their lines in a way that many actors can't?

Rating: 3/5

Origin:USA (2009)
Length:105 minutes
Screenplay:John Hamburg and Larry Levin
Director:John Hamburg
Starring:Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Jaime Pressly and Sarah Burns

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