I Love You, ManPaul Rudd has had a solid few years, making a splash at the box office -  as a hilarious and bro-tastic supporting character in Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, as well as in leading man status in the critically panned romantic comedy Over Her Dead Body and the critically acclaimed buddy comedy Role Models. Following the successful two-guy layout, I Love You, Man is out this weekend starring Rudd and Jason Segel – another Judd Apatow buddy. And though the film doesn’t come out til this weekend, the soundtrack – a mixture of new songs and ’80s and ’90s hits - has already been released by Lakeshore Records.

With tunes ranging from Dean Martin’s classic “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” to the dance-worthy “Lights Out” by up-and-comer Santogold, this is a soundtrack that varies widely in its musical taste but always manages to maintain a sense of lighthearted adventure. Throwing a quirky rock ditty like Vampire Weekend’s “Oxford Comma” right before a classic rock staple like Rush’s “Tom Sawyer” shows a nice party-dj mentality that works well for the album. Speaking of Rush, two versions of the 1981 Rush song “Limelight” are included here: the original and a cover performed shamelessly - if not successfully – by stars Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. The original fits in nicely with the rest of the album, as does the slightly disappointing cover, though Rudd and Segel don’t necessarily achieve the best harmony – or any harmony at all, for that matter.

As a party mix, I Love You, Man boasts a pretty solid lineup: Beck shows up, as do The Cars, Matt Costa, and The Donnas. Sought after comedy composer Teddy Shapiro (Tropic Thunder, Marley & Me,The Devil Wears Prada) shows up on the last track with a dancingly light track (“Peter and Zooey”) to wrap up the album. Overall, this is an album geared towards having a good time, with a decent collection of tracks both old and new.

Zach Says: 8 (out of 10)

To purchase the soundtrack for I Love You, Man, visit Amazon

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