Review of I Love You, Man


Movie Review: "I Love You, Man" --

Rating: Rated R (for persuasive language, including crude and sexual references)
Length: 105 minutes
Release Date: March 20, 2009
Directed by: John Hamburg
Genre: Comedy/Romance
Stars: 4 out of 5

Paul Rudd stars in "I Love You, Man" as Peter Klaven, a friendless groom-to-be. Peter Klaven is a real estate agent in California. He and his girlfriend Zooey (Rashida Jones) have just become engaged. Peter realizes all of his friends are female, and he has no male friends to share the news with. During his life, Peter has spent most of his time developing friendships and relationships women while pushing all of his male friends to the side. Meanwhile, Zooey is happy and calls her two best friends to share the news and to ask them to be in her wedding.

Without friends, Peter soon discovers he has no one to be his best man. He overhears Zooey's friends express their concerns over whom he will ask to stand up with him during the wedding. Peter begins searching for male friends. He first turns to his younger brother Robbie (Andy Samburg). Robbie, who is a gay, begins giving Peter advice on how to develop relationships with men. Peter begins doing things with men he knows in hopes of finding friends. He attends a soccer game with Lonnie (Joe Lo Truglio), who turns out to have a violent temper. He takes another acquaintance Doug (Thomas Lennon) to dinner, only to discover he is a gay. He also takes part in poker night held by his fiancé's friend's husband Barry (Jon Favreau). Peter gets drunk during the card game and ends up throwing up on Barry after a beer-drinking game, which causes Barry to kick him out of the house.

Peter finally gives up and decides to tell Zooey he has no one to be in the wedding, until he meets Sydney (Jason Segel). Sydney is an investor who attends a showing of a house Peter is trying to sell. The house is the home of actor Lou Ferrigno, who plays himself in the film. Sydney is there strictly to talk to women. Down on his luck, Peter immediately becomes friends with Sydney, and the two exchange business cards.

Later, Peter calls Sydney and asks him if he wants to meet for drinks and Sydney agrees. The two instantly become friends, and they discover they have a lot in common. Sydney invited Peter to his home, where they share their love for progressive rock. They begin meeting one another regularly to play instruments and hang out with one another.

Peter and Zooey hold their engagement party, and Peter introduces Zooey to Sydney. The next day Sydney confronts Peter and asks him why he is marrying Zooey, and he asks to borrow $8,000. Peter cancels his plans with Zooey and instead goes to a rock concert with Sydney. Peter then tells Sydney he will loan him the money, and he asks him to be his best man at the wedding.

Zooey begins to question Sydney's motives when he gets in a fight with Lou Ferrigno, which may cost Peter the rights to sell the house. Sydney causes Peter to question why he is marrying Zooey. He tells Zooey about loaning the money to Sydney and asks why they are getting married. Upset, Zooey leaves Peter and decides to stay with her friend Denise (Jaime Pressley) for a while. Peter leaves for work and notices several billboards with silly messages concerning his company. He learns that Sydney used the money Peter loaned him to purchase the billboards. Peter gets angry with Sydney and uninvites him to the wedding. Then he goes to find Zooey and apologize.

Once Peter finds Zooey, he explains to her that he is nervous about the wedding but still wants to marry her. Peter begins receiving a large number of calls due to the billboards. Peter begins to feel bad for getting mad at Sydney but still does not invite him to the wedding. Instead, he calls several acquaintances to stand up with him at the wedding.

On the day of the wedding, Peter is depressed because Sydney is not there. Zooey calls Sydney and asks him to come. Sydney makes an entrance into the wedding on his moped, which stops the wedding. He explains to Sydney and Zooey that he is a very successful investor and he knew the billboards would bring in money. He returns the money Peter loaned him and explains the billboards were his wedding present to them. Peter and Zooey get married with Sydney as best man. The movie ends at the wedding reception where Sydney starts to toast the bride and groom.

"I Love You, Man" is a romantic comedy centered on true friendship.