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I Love You, Man -- Friendless Peter Klaven (Rudd) goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But when his insta-bond his new B.F.F.(Segel) puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée (Jones) can the trio learn to live happily ever after?
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I Love You, Man -- Friendless Peter Klaven (Rudd) goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But when his insta-bond his new B.F.F.(Segel) puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancée (Jones) can the trio learn to live happily ever after?
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Are You Man Enough To Say It?
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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? Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Paul Rudd ... Peter Klaven

Rashida Jones ... Zooey Rice

Sarah Burns ... Hailey
Greg Levine ... Hailey's Date

Jaime Pressly ... Denise

Jon Favreau ... Barry

Jane Curtin ... Joyce Klaven

J.K. Simmons ... Oswald Klaven

Andy Samberg ... Robbie Klaven

Jean Villepique ... Leanne (Davis Dunn Receptionist)

Rob Huebel ... Tevin Downey

Kym Whitley ... Female Co-Worker
Colleen Crabtree ... Female Co-Worker

Caroline Farah ... Female Co-Worker

Mather Zickel ... Gil

Aziz Ansari ... Eugene

Nick Kroll ... Larry
Liz Cackowski ... Zooey's Friend

Kulap Vilaysack ... Zooey's Friend

Catherine Reitman ... Zooey's Friend

Carla Gallo ... Zooey's Friend

Vicki Davis ... Zooey's Friend

Josh Cooke ... Alan (Bench Press Guy)

Jay Chandrasekhar ... Barry's Buddy

Seth Morris ... Barry's Buddy

James P. Engel ... Barry's Buddy (as James Engel)

Jerry Minor ... Barry's Buddy

Joe Lo Truglio ... Lonnie (Voice Crack Guy)

Thomas Lennon ... Doug

Murray Gershenz ... Mel Stein

Keri Safran ... JAR Waitress

Greg Tuculescu ... Open House Couple

Renee Darmiento ... Open House Couple

Jason Segel ... Sydney Fife
Anwar Sadat ... Himself

Ian Roberts ... Venice Boardwalk Jogger
Bob Cicherillo ... Venice Boardwalk Bodybuilder (as Robert Cicherillo)

Ethan S. Smith ... Sydney's Buddy (as Ethan Smith)

Nelson Franklin ... Sydney's Buddy
Ping Wu ... Mr. Chu

Jill Bartlett ... Woman Leaving Sydney's House

Matt Walsh ... Impatient Golfer
Geddy Lee ... Himself - Rush
Alex Lifeson ... Himself - Rush

Neil Peart ... Himself - Rush

Raquel Bell ... Saks Fifth Avenue Saleswoman

Lou Ferrigno ... Himself

Melissa Rauch ... Woman Jogger Yelling at Sydney

David Wain ... Wedding Photographer

Dennis James Anderson ... Hank Mardukas (as Dennis J. Anderson)
Craig Wedren ... Wedding Band Member
Damian Kulash ... Wedding Band Member
Timothy Nordwind ... Wedding Band Member (as Tim Nordwind)
Dan Konopka ... Wedding Band Member
Andy Ross ... Wedding Band Member
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Daniel Bateman ... Upscale Teen (uncredited)
Heather Black ... Concert Goer (uncredited)
Pete Brown ... Petes Mugeats (uncredited)
Scott Carino ... Man at Counter (uncredited)
Colby Dant ... (uncredited)

Kris Edwards ... Bromancer (uncredited)

Jordan Feldman ... Jordan (uncredited)

Gregory George Frank ... Shopper at The Grove (uncredited)
Larry Greenfield ... Wedding Musician (uncredited)
Matt Haggerty ... Aggravated Fan (uncredited)

Aaron Jay Kenny ... Concert Goer (uncredited)
Adam Knapp ... Bowling Patron (uncredited)

David Krumholtz ... Sydney's Buddy #3 (uncredited)
Maynor Lopez ... Grounds Keeper / Florist (uncredited)
Joey Magnusson ... Gil's Wife (uncredited)

Christopher Maleki ... Buddy #5 (uncredited)
Nicole Mandich ... Open House Divorcee (uncredited)
Marquessa Moreland ... Peter's Date (uncredited)

Kelly Nienaltowski ... Venice Beach Goer (uncredited)

Dian Van Patten ... Realtor (uncredited)
Brennan Reynolds ... Young Guy In Couple (uncredited)

Brian Sampson ... Carpool Driver (uncredited)
Lydia Schuler ... Eugene's Wife (uncredited)
Carol Shook ... Tourist (uncredited)
Daniel Smith Coleman ... Beach Man (uncredited)

Aaron D. Spears ... Terrell (uncredited)

Chris Spinelli ... Gym Member (uncredited)

Jobeth Wagner ... Venice Beach Goer / Concert Goer (uncredited)

Larry Wilmore ... Minister (uncredited)

Brad Everett Young ... Carpooler (uncredited)

Directed by
John Hamburg 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Hamburg (screenplay) and
Larry Levin (screenplay)

Larry Levin (story)

Produced by
Anders Bard .... co-producer
Jeffrey Clifford .... executive producer
Donald De Line .... producer
Andrew Haas .... executive producer
John Hamburg .... producer
Bill Johnson .... executive producer
Tom Pollock .... executive producer
Ivan Reitman .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Theodore Shapiro 
 
Cinematography by
Lawrence Sher (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
William Kerr 
 
Casting by
Allison Jones 
 
Production Design by
Andrew Laws 
 
Art Direction by
Eric Sundahl 
 
Set Decoration by
Christopher Carlson 
 
Costume Design by
Leesa Evans 
 
Makeup Department
Matthew Kasten .... hair stylist (as Matthew L. Kasten)
Tracey Levy .... key makeup artist
Heather Mages .... makeup artist
Geri B. Oppenheim .... makeup artist
Terrie Velazquez Owen .... key hair stylist (as Terrie Velazquez-Owen)
Nathalie Allen .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Deborah Holmes Dobson .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Wendy Southard .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Roddy Stayton .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Leah Vautrot .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
John Darko .... behind the scenes
Susan McNamara .... unit production manager
Peter J. Novak .... production supervisor
Jake Rice .... post-production supervisor
Mark Graziano .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Matthew Heffernan .... second second assistant director (as Matthew W. Heffernan)
Scott Robertson .... first assistant director (as Scott Andrew Robertson)
Jonas Spaccarotelli .... second assistant director
Eugene Davis .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ruben Abarca .... drapery foreman
Isaac Amondson .... assistant property master
Perry Bachelor .... set dresser (as Perry Batchelor)
P. Scott Bailey .... set dresser
Alan Baptiste .... set dresser
Daniel Boxer .... property master
Roxanne Brooks .... set dresser
Dan Caplan .... storyboard artist
Dale DeStefani .... construction coordinator
Mariano Fernandez .... foreman
David Harris .... greens foreperson
Glenn Hoofman .... plaster foreman
Eric Kelly .... on-set dresser
Mark Larkin .... graphic designer
Jennifer Lewicki .... art department coordinator
Anthony J. Martin .... labor foreperson
Robert S. McDonald .... construction foreperson (as Robert McDonald)
Michael Mikita .... paint supervisor
Michael Mikita .... stand-by painter (as Michael Mikita Sr.)
Michelle Millay .... key sculptor
Matt Myers .... assistant property master
James Pollack .... set dresser (as James S. Pollack)
Greg Sanger .... lead person
Chad Simpson .... paint foreperson
Easton Michael Smith .... lead set designer (as Easton Smith)
Darrell Vangilder .... set dresser
Clint Wallace .... assistant art director
Frank White .... welding foreman
Kinney Booker .... set dresser (uncredited)
Erin Fite .... set decorating buyer (uncredited)
James Gambino .... typesetting (uncredited)
Thomas D. Krausz .... rush roadie/set dresser (uncredited)
Amy Lamendola .... art department researcher (uncredited)
Ed Mirassou .... propmaker (uncredited)
Carrie Roslan .... construction buyer (uncredited)
Hilary E. Smith .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Hilary E. Smith .... set decorating researcher (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Andrew Adams .... boom operator
Robert Althoff .... mix technician
Ron Bedrosian .... adr mixer
Keith Bilderbeck .... sound editor
Julio Carmona .... adr recordist
Steve Copley .... foley recordist
Barbara Delpuech .... sound editor
Yann Delpuech .... sound editor
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Ann Ducommun .... assistant sound editor
Marc Fishman .... sound re-recording mixer
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Adam Jenkins .... sound re-recording mixer
Darren King .... supervising sound editor
E. Niles Klein .... assistant sound editor
Greg LaPlante .... digital mastering
Ryan Lukasik .... foley assistant
Justin Pearson .... assistant sound editor
Jan Petrov .... adr recordist
Jeena M. Phelps .... sound editor (as Jeena Schoenke)
Rocky Quiroz .... sound utility
Ken Segal .... production sound mixer
John Sievert .... foley artist
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Randy Wilson .... foley recordist
Dan Yale .... sound editor
Mark DeSimone .... adr mixer: New York (uncredited)
Alan Freedman .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Mark Kenna .... sound consultant: Dolby, foreign language versions (uncredited)
Oleg Kulchytskyi .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Chet Leonard .... music playback (uncredited)
Gary Raymond .... Pro Tools music playback and recording (uncredited)
Dan Yale .... foley supervisor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Michael Gaspar .... special effects supervisor
Dick Wood .... special effects coordinator (as Richard S. Wood)
 
Visual Effects by
Patrick L. Almanza .... digital artist: Level 256 (as Patrick Almanza)
Chris Chappell .... lead compositor: Level 256
Scott M. Davids .... visual effects supervisor: Level 256
Michele Ferrone .... visual effects producer
Dennis Fitzsimmons .... digital artist: Level 256
Jalal Jemison .... compositor: Level 256
Christopher Kutcka .... v.p. of imaging: Technicolor Digital Intermediates (as Chris Kutcka)
Mark Larranaga .... compositor: Level 256
Adam Lima .... digital artist: Level 256
Jonathan Mecenas .... imaging technician: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Ron Perez .... data technician: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Anita Razzano .... compositor: Level 256
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Mike Tosti .... head of production technology: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Paul Turang .... engineering: Technicolor Digital Intermediates
Eran Barnea .... on-set visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Ryan Beadle .... data managment supervisor (uncredited)
Paulina Kuszta .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Erin L. Nelson .... digital restoration (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Alex Daniels .... stunt coordinator
Peewee Piemonte .... stunts
Tim Weske .... fencing coordinator
Jonathan Arthur .... stunt double: Paul Rudd (uncredited)
Kristopher Blount .... fencing stunts (uncredited)
Joe Bucaro III .... stunts (uncredited)
Danielle Burgio .... stunts (uncredited)
TJ Cencula .... fencing double: Paul Rudd (uncredited)
Brian Danner .... fencing double: Aziz Ansari (uncredited))
Tony Donno .... rugby stunts (uncredited)
Nathan Hedrick .... fencing stunts (uncredited)
David C. Hernandez .... fencing stunts (uncredited)
Paul Jacobson .... fencing stunts (uncredited)
Kevin Moran .... fencing double: nick Kroll (uncredited)
Panuvat Anthony Nanakornpanom .... stunts (uncredited)
Scott Roukema .... fencing stunts (uncredited)
Dustin Szany .... fencing stunts (uncredited)
Brad C. Wilcox .... fencing stunts (uncredited)
Daniel R. Wolfe .... fencing double: Mather Zickel (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Sean Patrick Crowell .... first company grip
Kelly Diehl .... arrow head technician
Suzanne Dietz .... film loader
Seong Dilg .... dolly grip
Julie Donovan .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Greg Edwards .... grip (as Gregory L. Edwards Jr.)
Michael Enriquez .... grip
Scott Garfield .... still photographer
David Ghegan .... assistant chief lighting technician (as David Scott Ghegan)
Daniel C. Gold .... camera operator (as Daniel Gold)
Bryan G. Haigh .... second assistant camera
Samuel R. Harrison III .... video assist operator (as Sam R. Harrison II)
Adam Harrison .... assistant chief rigging electrician
Gregory Irwin .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Nate Johnson .... electrician
Luke Kalteux .... electrician
Michael Kelly .... dimmer board operator
Dave Loden .... first company rigging grip (as David Loden)
Ross K. Marshall .... grip (as Ross Marshall)
W. Ted Mayer .... grip
Glenn E. Moran .... rigging gaffer
Joey Moran .... lighting technician
Jerry Patton .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Brooks Robinson .... Steadicam operator
Brooks Robinson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Robert H. Santoro .... second company rigging grip
Josh Stancil .... first company rigging grip
Calvin Starnes .... second company grip
Jarred Waldron .... chief lighting technician
Hootly Weedn .... electrician
Mark Carlile .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Alan Caudillo .... director of photography: second unit (uncredited)
Ben Dynice .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Pete Escobar .... rigging grip (uncredited)
Mark Evans .... additional grip (uncredited)
Nathan Dean Fetzer .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Jerry Gregoricka .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Douglas Kieffer .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Michael Kleiman .... additional second assistant camera (uncredited)
Seth Kotok .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
David Newbert .... grip (uncredited)
Ray Patrick .... libra head technician (uncredited)
Joel A. Ruiz .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
John Savedra .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Ray Skinner .... dolly grip (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Leslee Feldman .... casting executive
Ben Harris .... casting assistant
Laura Drake Mancini .... extras casting assistant
Tammy L. Smith .... background casting
Dixie Webster .... extras casting
Chris Bustard .... extras casting: additional photgraphy (uncredited)
Daryl Eisenberg .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzanne Cranfill .... costume supervisor
Trayce Gigi Field .... assistant costume designer
Ariel Gold .... key costumer
Molly Grundman .... key costumer (as Molly Elizabeth Grundman)
Bradley Inaba .... additional costumer
Michelle Margolis .... on-set costumer
Hayley Stuppel .... on-set costumer
Ryan Lennon .... costumer (uncredited)
Julie Shack .... set costumer day check (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
George Chavez .... color timer
Leilani Gushiken .... post-production coordinator
Esther Lee .... digital intermediate producer
Susan Mandel .... editorial production assistant
John Persichetti .... digital colorist
David Raymond .... first assistant editor
Mitch Rosin .... assistant editor
Mark Sachen .... colorist
Mark Sahagun .... digital intermediate editor
Michael L. Sale .... additional editor (as Mike L. Sale)
Dan Williams .... digital colorist assistant
Justin Bourret .... additional editor (uncredited)
Terence Curren .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Marc Fisher .... finishing editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bryan Carrigan .... pro tools recordist
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor
Chris Fogel .... music mixer
Chris Fogel .... score recordist
Ludwig Göransson .... musician: guitar
Jennifer Hawks .... music supervisor
Victor Indrizzo .... musician: drums and percussion
Dave Levita .... musician: guitar
Ryan McClure .... score engineering assistant
Carin Meyer .... music coordinator
Peter Rotter .... music contractor
David Sardy .... music producer: actors pre-records
Joel Shearer .... musician: guitar
Richard Ziegler .... music editor (as Rick Ziegler)
Christian Almiron .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Tony Mandracchia .... guitar coach (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Vic Cuccia .... transportation captain
Gary Edelman .... transportation coordinator
Brian Stackhouse .... driver
Steve Brill .... transportation dispatcher (uncredited)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Alan Kaminsky .... driver (uncredited)
Melissa LaFon .... driver (uncredited)
William P. Lafon .... driver (uncredited)
Joel Larson .... driver (uncredited)
Bea S. Rembeczky .... cast driver: Jon Favreau (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mike Ammerman .... craft service
Sage Asteak .... production assistant
Toby Burge .... production assistant (as James Toby Burge)
Kristy Campbell .... animal handler
Mitch Carter .... adr group coordinator
T. Michael Daze .... production assistant (as T. Michael Dazé)
Mike Dazé .... production assistant
Lisa Dilenschneider .... assistant: Mr. Haas
Jeremy Edwards .... production assistant
Heidi Falconer .... unit publicist
Neale Fishback .... assistant location manager
Laura J. Fox .... first assistant accountant
Estee Gabbai .... assistant: Mr. Hamburg
Matt Gamboa .... production assistant
Michael Garrity .... assistant: Mr. Johnson
René González .... projectionist
John Graber .... second assistant accountant
Jane E. Graves .... assistant location manager
Matt Haggerty .... production assistant (as Matthew Haggerty)
Andrea Hirschegger .... assistant: Mr. Reitman
Alex Holcomb .... assistant: Mr. De Line (as Alexandra Holcomb)
Emilio Hurmuziou .... production assistant (as Emilianos Hurmuziou)
Lise Kearney .... production assistant
Kate Kelly .... production coordinator
Robert Jay Leatham .... payroll accountant
Avital Levy .... production secretary
Dan Lora .... medic
Rachel McDonald .... production assistant
Marc Meeks .... assistant location manager
Michael Menzies .... accounting clerk (as Michael Clive Menzies)
Angela Mock .... second assistant accountant
Nicole Mumey .... production assistant (as Nicole Marie Mumey)
Diane H. Newman .... script supervisor (as Diane Hassinger Newman)
Kyle Oliver .... key assistant location manager (as Kyle Snappy Oliver)
Brennan Reynolds .... production assistant
Austin Rodriguez .... medic (as Austin Rodriguez-Greenberg)
Shauna Sanders .... assistant production coordinator (as Shauna Moss)
Paul Santarelli .... assistant: Mr. Clifford
Vinny Scavo .... craft service
Ni'Coel Stark .... assistant: Mr. Pollock (as Nicoel Stark)
Russell Steele .... production auditor
Hirotatsu Taniguchi .... production assistant
Jodi Tripi .... stock footage researcher
Ronnie Vaccaro .... stand-in
Nick Irving Allen .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Samuel M. Dabbs .... title designer (uncredited)
Marc C. Geschwind .... photo double: Jon Favreau (uncredited)
Tim Granlund .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mark Hochman .... operator: computer and video playback (uncredited)
Harley Pasternak .... fitness trainer (uncredited)
Adam Rucho .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jasen Salvatore .... photo double: Paul Rudd (uncredited)
Michael Saunders .... production assistant (uncredited)
Shelly Strong .... production executive (uncredited)
Ross Tatelman .... production assistant: pick-up crew (uncredited)
Brad Everett Young .... stand-in (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for pervasive language, including crude and sexual references
Runtime:
105 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:A | Finland:S | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Ireland:16 | Ireland:18 (DVD rating) | Malaysia:18PL | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:A | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:Btl | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #45050)

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Trivia:
The cameo of Matt Walsh as the impatient golfer comes from his original character in the famous 'Ass Pennies' skit performed under the comedy group The Upright Citizens Brigade. In addition to being the same actor, he wears the exact outfit from the original 1990 skit in "Upright Citizens Brigade: Power Marketing (#1.4)" (1998).See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Sydney mentioned a guy driving a Saab 9-3 and pronounced it "nine point three", but should just be "nine three".See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
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. But once I sell the Ferrigno Estate I figured out I could at least put a down payment on it, and still have enough money left over for the reception in Santa Barbara...
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References "Saturday Night Live" (1975)See more »
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
a mainstream comedy that actually works, 28 February 2010
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

Kevin Klaven (Paul Rudd) hasn't a friend in the world - or so he realizes when he becomes engaged to Zooey (Rashida Jones) and finds he can't come up with a single male buddy to be in his wedding party. The solution? Go out and make some platonic guy friends, even if it means having to rely on your mommy (Jane Curtin) and your gay younger brother (Andy Samberg) to help you do it. Eventually, after a number of faltering attempts, Kevin alights on Sydney (Jason Segel), a mucho macho bundle of testosterone who, like a latter-day Henry Higgins to Kevin's Eliza Doolittle, instructs the awkward lad on the fine art of "being a man." But as with any good teacher/pupil relationship, each side winds up learning a little something from the other before it's all over.

A straight man far more comfortable in the company of women than of men, Kevin emerges as the ultimate metrosexual figure: fastidious in demeanor, sensitive to the needs of others, and courteous to a fault (he even admits to liking "The Devil Wears Prada" in a moment of unguarded weakness). He doesn't really know how to roughhouse it with the boys, and any efforts he makes in that direction inevitably lead to failure. Until our man Sydney steps into the breach to give him a few badly needed pointers, that is.

Smoothly directed by John Hamburg, "I Love You, Man" is a relaxed, breezy and sharply written male-bonding comedy that - miracle of miracles - doesn't play down to its audience (it may be crude at times, but it's rarely childish). The Hamburg/Larry Levin screenplay does a clever job poking fun at the double entendres inherent in any modern-day bromance, though one wishes certain characters - Kevin's family members, in particular - had been allotted a little more in the way of screen time. That being said, the performances are all first-rate, with Rudd and Segel playing to their respective strengths - Rudd's of the tongue-tied, self-effacing Mr. Nice Guy who needs lessons in "manning up," and Segel's of the refreshingly blunt but socially indelicate Man/Child who clearly needs to do some growing up.

There's additional excellent work from J.K. Simmons, Jamie Pressly, Sarah Burns and Rob Huebel, among others.

It's also a bit of a casting coup to get both Jane Curtin from the first generation of SNL players and Andy Samberg from the current one together in the same film. Finally, some unlikely cameo appearances by Lou Ferrigno and the band Rush, all appearing as themselves, add to the spirit of fun that permeates the film.

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