Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13The Civil War 25th Commemorative Edition DVD & Blu-ray Oct 13Aquarius: The Complete First Season DVD & Blu-ray Sep 15Justified: The Complete Series on Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13The Surface on DVD, VOD, and DIGITAL HD Sep 1Good Kill on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 1

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

What is lupus? Selena Gomez diagnosis prompts questions...
Maksim Chmerkovskiy Will Return to 'Dancing With The St...
'The Good Wife' Cush Jumbo Tackles Comparisons...
'Class': 'Doctor Who' Spinoff Series Coming to BBC Thre...
'The Revenant' Trailer: Leonardo DiCaprio Seeks Revenge...
Will Trevor Noah Live Up To The Hype During Monday's 'D...
Watch Eddie Vedder, Beyonce Duet on Bob Marley's 'Redem...
'CSI' being laid to rest after 15 years ...
Big Brother Season 17 Finale Recap: Super Fan & Trombon...
Dancing With the Stars Recap: Bindi Irwin and Derek Hou...

Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif


Studio: Paramount
Year: 2009
Cast: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau, Jamie Pressly
Director: John Hamburg
Release Date: August 11, 2009
Rating: R for pervasive language, including crude and sexual references
Run Time: 01h:44m:00s
Genre(s): comedy

Sydney: I love you, Broseph Goebbels.
Peter: I love you, Tycho Brohe.
- Jason Segel, Paul Rudd


Buy Now @ Amazon


No. I won't do it. I refuse to refer to this movie as a "bromance."

Movie Grade: B

DVD Grade: B+

Peter (Paul Rudd) and Zooey (Rashida Jones) are getting married. Wedding planning poses a bit of a problem for Peter, who can't think of a good candidate for best manˇhe's been a ladies' man his whole life, going from girl to girl without ever making any guy friends. Desperate to make a connection but too awkward to strike up a conversation with the guys at the gym, he uses internet friend-finder services and goes on blind man-dates his mother arranges. They generally don't go well, ending in awkward apologies (sorry I threw up on you, I don't usually pound beers like that) and uncomfortable partings (I don't usually kiss on the first man-date).

I Love You, Man is takes all the beats of a romantic comedy and repurposes them into a film about male friendship. Peter's "the one" turns out to be Sydney (Jason Segel), a towering man child who lives off his investments and acts like an overgrown (way overgrown) teenagerˇhis garage is a testosterone sanctuary filled with drums and pornography (watch where you sit). The guys meet cute at a real estate open house (Peter, a broker, is looking to move Lou Ferrigno's house, providing the setup for a lot of inside jokes about The Incredible Hulk) and soon are hanging out every night, doing the stuff Peter should probably have done in high school and Sydney should probably have gotten out of his system by now. Zooey begins to wonder why Peter is spending more time with Sydney than with her.

Initially, it seems rather clever that all the familiar clich╚sˇthe montages and misunderstandings, the third-act conflict and last-minute reconcillationsˇare focused on the best friends rather than the romantic partners. But after about an hour, it becomes pretty clear that there's not much else going onˇthis is either sly satire or more of the same tired plotting we criticize in whatever Kate Hudson movie we've seen most recently. That's not to say it's not a lot more fun to watch, provided you're a fan of rambling, improvisational, oh, let's just call it Apatow-ian humor; though the prolific producer wasn't involved, one of his prot╚g╚es directed it, and it stars all the familiar faces (a pinch of The 40-Year-Old Virgin here, a dash of Forgetting Sarah Marshall there). Sub in Segel for Seth Rogen and it's kind of "You Know How I Know You're Gay: The Movie". Director John Hamburg, who worked with Apatow, Segel, Rogan, et al on Undeclared, at least keeps things moving, and has the good sense to bring the movie in at around 100 minutes, though there's still hardly enough story to go.

So, you know, is it funny? It is if you like these actors and this style of comedy (the MPAA rating says it all: "pervasive language, including crude and sexual references"). Rudd and Segel don't offer anything new, but if you like the former in Knocked Up and the latter on How I Met Your Mother, you're going to like them here. And hey, Rashida Jones is cute in a pretty thankless role, and there's Jamie Pressley (Zooey's friend and business partner, and that's about all) and Jon Favereau (he's fat and angry!). Andy Samberg is Peter's younger brother, the least gay-acting gay character in cinema history (I think that's the joke), who is best buds with their dad (J.K. Simmons) who loves his live gay son. And so on. Try to spot the character that would have been played by Kristen Wiig if she wasn't busy filming cameos in every other comedy that came out last year.

I refuse to characterize anything as a bromance, but it's pretty hard to label this anything other than the latest entry in the Frat Pack comedy collection. If you like the others, you'll like this one.

The DVD: Advanced apologies, but I love Blu, man. Ugh. Anyway, this is really a mighty fine disc, with bonus materials that made me laugh a lot more than the film. To get the technicals out of the way: video and audio quality are what you'd expect. The HD transfer is crisp and colorful, with all the clarity and detail you've come to expect of 1080p. The TrueHD 5.1 sounds great, especially during the inevitable pop song montages.

The finished film is obviously a product of a lot of improvisation, and the extras (all of them in HD) offer a look at what might have beenˇboth the deleted and extended scenes galleries are essentially just a big bunch of alternate takes and deleted riffs. Sometimes they're funnier than the ones that made the cut. The gag reel runs more than 10 minutes, but is worth watching. The promotional making of featurette of similar length is, sadly, not. It's worth listening to director John Hamburg, Jason Segel, and Paul Rudd's commentary, though. Funny guys. Probably they go into a little too much detail about the old lady they filmed for the, er, exercise bike scene.

Posted by: Joel Cunningham - August 12, 2009, 5:38 am - DVD Review
Keywords: judd apatow, pull rudd, bromance, frat pack, how i met your mother

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90


Microsoft Store


music, selena gomez, lupus, chemotherapy, estrogen, lupus foundation of america, television, dancing with the stars, maksim chmerkovskiy, carrie ann inaba, bruno tonioli, julianne hough, the good wife, cush jumbo, archie panjabi, julianna margulies, bbc3, class, doctor who, buffy the vampire slayer, hunger games, steven moffat, brian minchin, movie, the revenant, leonardo dicaprio, tom hardy, alejandro g. inarritu, christmas day release, comedy channel, trevor noah, daily show, jon stewart, global citizen festival, pearl jam, byonce, ed sheeran, eddie vedder, cbs, csi, ted danson, elisabeth shue, elisabeth harnois, william petersen, marg helgenberger, big brother, abc, liz, steve, vanessa, julia chen, dr. will, bindi irwin, derek, hough, chaka khan, emmys 2015, laurence fishburne, tracee ellis ross, anthony anderson, will forte, jeffrey tambor, kym johnson, shark tank, robert herjavec, jungle book, cgi, scarlet johansson, bill murray, ben kingsley, idris elba, christopher walken, drama, celebrity apprentice, arnold schwarzenegger, donald trump, nbc, taylor swift, bad blood, emmy award, original interactive program, the late show, stephen colbert, ashley madison, horror, silent, epcot international food & wine festival, walt disney world, the chew, october, celebrity, jimmy fallon, tonight show, dj khaled, all i do is win, country music awards, eric church, little big town, miranda lambert, kenny chesney, sam hunt, maddie & tae, kacey musgraves, chris stapleton, late night, jeb bush, george clooney, war room, straight outta compton, faith-based drama, a walk in the woods, robert redford, september 8, documentary, history, movies, steven spielberg, the bfg, dreamworks, walt disney company, fashion police, melissa rivers, kelly osbourne, giuliana rancic, zendaya

On Facebook!
Promote Your Page Too



Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store