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I don't really like you, man.

  • Aug 21, 2009
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Let me put this out there first: it isn't that I really wanted to like this movie, it's that I really thought I was going to like it.

The trailer was hilarious and hey, Jason Siegel + Paul Rudd with a little bit of Rashida Jones on the side = a good movie, from how the trailer made it look. Every actor in this movie I have enjoyed immsensely in their other works, so it felt like a formula for success. Again, the trailer did a good job of leaving me wanting to see the movie.

Alas, the movie itself was not such a wonderful presentation. I sympathized with Paul Rudd's character purely based on the fact that he's socially awkward, but even that felt taken advantage of about twenty minutes into the movie. Other than that and the Rush love, there wasn't anything altogether sympathetic about his character, and obviously he's the one we're supposed to be rooting for.

His relationship with Rashida's character is sweet but as a viewer I found myself asking the same question Paul Rudd asks halfway into the movie "Why is he marrying this girl?" We're shown only brief instances of intimacy between the two characters, even briefer exposition of their backstory but altogether hardly any visual evidence of their love and why they work. Plus, with the aforementioned question, the only conflict that arises between the two feels altogether contrived and pointless, as it's resolved two minutes later.

This is the failing of the movie and proof of how and why other movies made in the similar humor vein succeeded: there's not a whole lot of heart in the story or the characters. There never seems to be any thought put into the characters, besides making Jones' character not like giving blowjobs and Siegel's character having a jack-off chair and table in his 'man-cave'. It's literally like they write (character name) is a (vague age) old (vague profession) who (random quirk) for each character, main or secondary, and that's as far as they go.

Not to mention - and this may be an instance of YMMV - the 'message' of the movie being vague and off the mark. Rudd's character is shown as a happy, functioning adult man with a steady, well-paying job and a great relationship with a beautiful girlfriend and a pretty decent relationship with his family. His tendency to focus more on romantic relationships and superficial work friendships instead of having a dozen friends and best friends and "buds" is not shown to have any effect on him whatsoever. It's only when he's teased and made fun of by his future-wife's friends that he decides to go out and find a best friend, out of sheer embarassment. Is that the message of the movie? That even on your wedding day to a woman who loves you wholly and truly, the day will be marred and ruined by the fact that your bff isn't there?

The message feels hollow, and I'm not even going to touch what an annoying douchebag Siegel's character is.

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I Love You Man is a comedy movie starring Paul Rudd (Peter) and Jason Segel (Sydney). It is about a young man (Peter) who recently got in engaged. After his engagement, he realizes that he does not have very many friends and goes on a hunt for the perfect male friend to become his best man at his wedding. 
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: March 20, 2009
Screen Writer: John Hamburg
DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
Runtime: 105 minutes
Studio: Paramount Home Video
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