I Love You, Man
The new genre of male comedies (which I call Apatowesque) is taking Hollywood by storm. But will we end up with too much gross-out humor, or a general feeling that straight men are basically idiots?
Not when Paul Rudd is the leading man.
This sweet comedy delivers big broad laughs that we’re used to when watching films of this ilk. You’ll enjoy hearing Jason Segel discussing the features of his man cave, rock along with the boys at a Rush concert, and giggle at the projectile vomiting just because it’s so unexpected.
But the heart of this film – the reason to see it – is Paul Rudd. It’s as if the world just now discovered that he’s possibly the most adorable man in America. His character is so lovably awesome with women that he has to learn how to embrace his inner man without losing his sense of self. By the time he’s finished, you’ll be ready to leave your own spouse/partner/whatever to snuggle up next to his sweet self and beg for a root beer float.
Don’t get me wrong – the supporting cast is strong as well. Segel is once again well-cast as a man-child. Rashida Jones is sweet and believable as Rudd’s fianceé. And her best friends are played by the very funny Jaime Pressly and Sarah Burns (a poor man’s Kristen Wiig). We even get to see a little Jane Curtin! For those who saw Rachel Getting Married and couldn’t keep their eyes off the Best Man, then here’s another chance to drool over Mather Zickel (be still, my heart).
Overall this was just a very satisfying comedy full of cringe-worthy laughs throughout. I give it an A-.