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I Love You, Man (2009)

 -  Comedy  -  20 March 2009 (USA)
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Friendless Peter Klaven goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But, when his insta-bond with his new B.F.F. puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée, can the trio learn to live happily ever after?

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Peter Klaven's world revolves around his real estate work and Zooey, his soon-to-be fiancée. After he pops the question, she calls her best friends and they go into wedding planning mode. Peter has no male friends and that poses problems: will he turn out to be a clingy guy, and who will be his best man? Zooey, her friends, and Peter's brother Robbie offer help that results in awkward moments. Then, at an open house Peter's hosting, he meets Sydney, an amiable, low-key guy. They trade business cards, and Peter calls him to meet for drinks. A friendship develops that's great at first but then threatens Peter's engagement and career. Can guys be friends and couples be in love? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Are You Man Enough To Say It?

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Rated R for pervasive language, including crude and sexual references | See all certifications »

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Let's Make Friends  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,122,258 (UK) (17 April 2009)

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$71,347,010 (USA) (29 May 2009)
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The drum set in Sydney's "Man Cave" is a replica of Keith Moon's (The Who) infamous Vistalite 'Goldfish' set, as seen on the US TV show The Midnight Special (1972) in 1975. Moon's set featured a second, unused bass drum filled with water and live goldfish. See more »

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When Peter confronts Sydney about the billboards, the audio has Peter saying "Eight thousand dollars?" but Peter clearly mouths "five" instead of "eight" See more »

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Peter Klaven: So, my plan is to create this cluster of live/work lofts all along the perimeter here. And - come here - also I'm planning this neighborhoody, kind of dining and retail area in the central square. You know I even had this thought that you, Denise, and Haley could open up a second location for your store...
Zooey: Really? Because Denise keeps talking about wanting to open up another branch.
Peter Klaven: Well it would be great. I I look, the land is a little pricey, so I couldn't develop it right away. ...
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An easy watch but largely forgettable.
6 September 2009 | by (Exeter, Devon) – See all my reviews

Romantic comedies from a male perspective have worked very well in the past (I maintain that 'When Harry Met Sally' is such a movie and not a so called chick flick and 'High Fidelity' is as equally good) so the story of a man due to be wed but without a friend to call a Best Man did draw my interest.

The subject does actually have some depth, making friends when already an adult isn't as easy as it once was and we get a few scenes of so called 'man dates' where Peter's innocent intentions are misconstrued as romantic advances and so on. Its a great premise for a comedy but its potential isn't ever realised. The problem is with Paul Rudd as the central character, Peter Klaven. The guy just isn't a leading man, he does 'nice' very well but isn't capable of delivering anything impressionable or captivating. As a supporting character (see 40 Year Old Virgin) he seems much more suitable.

Its a good job Jason Segel shines as the newly acquired best friend. We get up close with his uncompromising and boyish life-style with most of his scenes shot in his 'man den', a room filled with guitars, TV's and a masturbation station for his considerable alone time.

We get to see the pair bond over a love of Rush, jamming sessions and talking frankly of the opposite sex. Peter is the middle of the road real-estate professional; stuffy and inhibited, Sydney - the fun loving, spontaneous 'man's man'. For the first hour its a fun, if light weight, juxtaposition that entertains you. But the film requires drama, you're constantly waiting for it and when complications do arrive, its all some-what anti-climatic.

There's some great support with an under used Jon Favreau (I wish I'd watch Swingers again instead!), a handful of funny scenes (the poker table) and an admirable job from Jason Segel but ultimately, 'I Love You, Man' will make you feel as though a better film could so easily come from the same subject matter. By no means awful, its an easy Saturday night rental, easy and forgettable.


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