Ok, who thought it would be a good idea to let the sophomoric , non creative, copout for writing, sexual humor that belongs in the teen adolescent films creep into comedies that have the ability to stand on their own if the writers and producers would simply grow a pair and make it happen? Do they actually think that audiences are that stupid that we have to have sexual innuendoes and awkward dialogue to get a joke? It is ridiculous. And I am not offended by the content as much as I am about the fact that they think that is the only humor I am capable of understanding. In I Love You, Man has a funny story line with well acted characters and laugh out loud scenarios but could easily have been written for wider audience. Though I thought the overall comedy out weighed the unnecessary crudeness I feel there are many that will think different and walk out frustrated and disappointed.
Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is getting married and comes to the realization that he doesn’t have any close male friends. While his wife to be Zooey (Rashida Jones) is hanging out with all her tight girlfriends and sharing in the wedding excitement, Peter doesn’t even have a best man. This starts the process of “man dating” and everyone from Peter’s mom (Jane Curtin) to his homosexual brother (Andy Samberg) is trying to hook Peter up with the perfect guy friend. When he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) it looks like a match made in dude heaven. But he soon learns that balancing a friend and a fiancee is tough work.
I liked this film a lot in spite of the content. Rudd is perfect as the straight laced guy trying to be cool with his new laid back bud. As a guy I found myself completely relating to the awkwardness that comes from trying to fit in with new friends. The stupid things said in nervousness, the attempt to say and do all the things that make us men among men. These situations made this a stand out comedy. Add to the mix the brilliant cast of Segel, Jaime Pressly, Jon Favreau and J.K. Simmons and you have the perfect date night, guy night comedy. But I found myself rolling my eyes and having to suffer through a stretch of unneeded sexual awkwardness that added nothing to the story line but actually took you out the moment. Big shame.
I Love You, Man is rated R for pervasive language, including crude and sexual references. This will probably keep many from seeing it and for good reason. This film could easily have been a lot tamer and not lost any of its edge and humor. I blame it on the immaturity of those producing and writing the comedies of late. They think they are being trendy and envelope pushing, but instead just come across as idiotic and unoriginal. I give this film 3 out of 5 Rush tunes. Today’s Tom Sawyer is tired of yesterdays attempt at humor. It is time for a new mindset.
Matt Mungle (firstname.lastname@example.org) (3/17/09)For additional reviews, interview clips and great DVD giveaways, visit the website www.mungleshow.com”Review copyright 2009 Mungleshow Productions. Used by Permission.