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I LOVE YOU, MAN
Blu-ray Edition

Review by Gordon Justesen

Stars: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau, Jaime Pressly
Director: John Hamburg
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Studio: Paramount
Features: See Review
Length: 104 Minutes
Release Date: August 11, 2009

“I need to get some f*cking friends.”

Film ***

Story-wise, I wasn’t expecting much from I Love You, Man. I was expecting to laugh a lot, which I certainly did. But the biggest surprise of the movie is the fact that, despite a really simple premise, it’s a story that really hasn’t been told before, and it’s one us guys will definitely be able to relate to.

Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is a Los Angeles real estate agent who’s just proposed to his longtime love, Zooey (Rashida Jones). However, it’s not until after the proposal that Peter realizes a serious problem. He has no one to be his Best Man, because all his life he’s never had a single male friend.

So he turns to his gay brother, Robbie (Andy Samberg), who’s had better experiences in making guy friends. He sets Peter up on a series of “man dates”. These either end awkward or incredibly disastrous.

But hope arrives one day in the form of Sydney Fife (Jason Segel), an investor who Peter meets during a house showing, which just so happens to be an estate owned by Lou Ferrigno. Sydney’s an edgy sort of person, with a devil-may-care attitude that Peter seems to admire right away. They also share a deep love for the band Rush, which is all these two need to be the best buds in existence.

Before long, their newfound bond is a 24/7 deal. Sydney introduces Peter to his “man cave”, where they engage in daily guitar jam sessions (set mainly to Rush songs). In addition to that, they eat out at every opportunity, play golf, and just every little thing that two guy friends can do together.

In fact, they are spending so much time together that it ends up causing distance between Peter and Zooey. She feels he’s starting to put more effort in his new friendship than their relationship. And thus the upcoming marriage is threatened.

That’s one of a couple obstacles in the story that are resolved in no time, as they are in most comedies. But no matter how simple the premise is or how predictable certain areas are, it’s the endless hilarity and all around charm that makes I Love You, Man a must see comedy. Not only that, but the issue of a guy being able to carry a male friendship while in the midst of getting married or moving on in life is dealt with much better than you’d expect, and this is the first movie to deal with such an issue.

The selling point here is the chemistry between Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, who play off each other so incredibly well that you swear they went through the same bonding process in real life. Both actors have mind blowing comic timing, as nearly each of their lines produces a chuckle when not a gut busting laugh, which is quite frequently. The movie also boasts a terrific supporting cast, including J.K Simmons and Jane Curtin as Peter’s parents, as well as Jon Favreau and Jaime Pressly as a constantly bickering couple.

I Love You, Man is equally sweet and funny, and is bound to become a comedy favorite of many. Fans of Rudd and Segel cannot afford to miss out on this one. It may even help guys experiencing the same problem as its lead character, and you can never fault a movie for accomplishing something like that.

Video ****

Paramount’s Blu-ray release boasts a picture quality that is nothing but outstanding. The anamorphic image is superb in depth and detail, and colors are at a most excellent level. Skin tones are also delivered in a fantastic and realistic form. For a simple-shot comedy that isn’t going for any specific mind blowing visuals, it sure got the best presentation any movie could hope for!

Audio ***

Though the movie is strictly dialogue driven, the Dolby TrueHD mix is solid nonetheless. There’s quite a bit of music playing throughout the movie, and in one scene the guys end up attending an actual Rush concert, which all sounds incredible. Dialogue delivery is thoroughly, terrifically clear, in addition.

Features ***1/2

Some great extras find their way onto this Paramount Blu-ray, starting with a most hilarious commentary with Paul Rudd, Jason Segel and director John Hamburg, which is thus far the best commentary I’ve heard on any release this year!  The remainder of the extras are all in HD, starting with the featurette, “The Making of I Love You, Man”, as well as “Extras”, which include variations on various lines from the film (much like the Line-O-Rama feature from any Apatow release), Deleted and Extended Scenes, a hilarious Gag Reel and a Red Band Trailer.

Summary:

I Love You, Man is a movie that is simply hard to not enjoy. The laughs are fast and frequent, and the chemistry of its lead actors make it all the more memorable. Highly recommended!

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