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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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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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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)

Karla Elizondo ... Shopper at the Grove (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)
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)

Dian Van Patten ... Realtor (uncredited)

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

Larry Wilmore ... Minister (uncredited)

Brad Everett Young ... Carpooler (uncredited)

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

Larry Levin (story)

Produced by
Anders Bard .... co-producer
Jeffrey Clifford .... executive producer
Donald De Line .... producer
Kevin Flatow .... associate 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)
Jonathan Mikita .... paint forman
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 Smith .... lead set designer
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
Federico Costantini .... dubbing mixer: italian version
Rich Crescenti .... adr recordist
Barbara Delpuech .... sound editor
Yann Delpuech .... sound editor
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Ann Ducommun .... assistant sound editor
Marc Fishman .... re-recording mixer
Stefan Fraticelli .... foley artist
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Adam Jenkins .... re-recording mixer
Darren King .... supervising sound editor
E. Niles Klein .... assistant sound editor
Greg LaPlante .... digital mastering
Ryan Lukasik .... foley assistant
Magic A. Moreno .... Mag and Digital Transfer Engineer: Todd Hollywood
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 .... 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)
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)
Location Management
Neale Fishback .... assistant location manager
Jane E. Graves .... assistant location manager
Marc Meeks .... assistant location manager
Kyle Oliver .... key assistant location manager (as Kyle Snappy Oliver)
Music Department
Bryan Carrigan .... pro tools recordist
Ryan Castle .... musician
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)
Vincent A. Villanueva .... music clearance (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Vic Cuccia .... transportation captain
Gary Edelman .... transportation coordinator
Stephen H Koontz .... transport liaison
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
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
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
Greg Levine .... casting assistant
Avital Levy .... production secretary
Dan Lora .... medic
Rachel Layne McDonald .... production assistant (as Rachel McDonald)
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)
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
April Wahlin .... stand-in
Nick Irving Allen .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Samuel M. Dabbs .... title designer (uncredited)
Greg Ferris .... marketing canada (uncredited)
Marc C. Geschwind .... photo double: Jon Favreau (uncredited)
Tim Granlund .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mark Hochman .... operator: computer and video playback (uncredited)
Richard Klein .... international advisor (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
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | 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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Sydney's nickname for Peter, "Pistol Pete," is a reference to former Louisiana State great "Pistol" Peter Maravich, college basketball's all-time leading scorer.See more »
Continuity: In the bar when Peter and Sydney are getting to know each other, they both down some whiskey, emptying their glasses. In the next shot, their conversation continues and both glasses still have whiskey in them.See more »
[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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63 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: I Love You, Man, 14 June 2009
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

I Love You, Man is a delightful film not just for its brand of humour which worked almost all the time, nor because it stars the bunch of contemporary jokers who have taken Hollywood by storm, but because it had a meaningful story to tell, and has translated that key insight of friendships and relationships for the big screen effortlessly, wrapping up some deep, intrinsic behavioural observation deceptively behind a curtain of laughter.

Like the 40 Year Old Virgin in its quest for a woman to get laid with to pop his cherry, this film works on the reverse in its protagonist's quest for a male friend, since Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) has no problems with female friendship as he's the quintessential ladies man, only that he's about to marry his fiancé Zooey (Rashida Jones). Since the bride has a maid of honour, it's up to Peter to find a balance in a best man, only that he hasn't really had a man friend for the longest time, and so begins a crazy montage of hooking up with casual friends in the hope of striking gold.

It might seem like a hypothetical situation, but as the film progressed, it brings to mind how many of us have friends (male or female) that we sometimes take for granted in knowing that they'll always be there for us. Only a reality check brings up the fact that everyone has their own personal lives to lead, and it wouldn't be nice to impose (mid-life crisis singles, hands up here), especially not with an ulterior motive. Some of us too when having a girlfriend, tend to allow male friends to fall on the wayside as we skirt chase, and depending on whether you get someone who provides that much leeway as Zooey, you can kiss goodbye to those male-bonding sessions.

Then there's the difference between the premise of a girl's night out, and a guy's, and the dynamics of what happens within the groups. It can be somewhat stereotypical here in the film, but you get the drift as the film lays it all out on the table, with the girls talking about the boy-stuff behind their backs, and the worst bit being that cause for comparison, and the guys, well, talk about what else, sex! There are some lines clearly drawn here in what can, or cannot be discussed, and how much of that you can bring to the table, and how much you can take away from. A secret's a secret, and should stay that way with clear segregation in order to prevent upsetting anyone. Talk about compromises and "truth".

If what you're saying is that it reeks of hypocrisy, then yes, sometimes it does, and the married couple played by Jaime Pressly and Jon Favreau (yes, he who directed Iron Man) epitomizes the crankiness of a marriage with its idiosyncrasies, and the hypocrisies that come with presenting a united front, and worse of all, trading favours in both directions. They have some of the best lines and insane moments in the film, and poor Jon has got to suffer two verbal abuses (for you to watch and find out).

Many of us who have remembered Jason Segel's comical turn in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and here he cuts his Sydney Fife both ways, one an alpha male type who seems way cool with his frat boy sensibilities, which is actually a facade for a lonely life he leads in his garage where he can be the man he actually is. As the friendship between Peter and Sydney grow from their numerous hanging out sessions, from short drinking sessions to weekend rendezvous just to jam to their favourite tunes, so too does the strain in Peter and Zooey's relationship, because as the saying goes, two's a company, and three's a crowd. This aspect serves as an adversary in the film, though it doesn't come unexpected when it suddenly dawns upon Peter that he can't have two birds in one hand. Being the novice in this aspect of a man-friend relationship here, there are many times Peter trips up, and the experienced us would know that it's perfect danger territory to find yourself in.

And who would have thought friendship and relationships could be such a chore, especially when expectations start flying around being that spanner ready to be thrown in the works. As a comedy, this film hit plenty of right spots in eliciting laughter from the audience, with funny lines that do work, and carefully crafted characters in Peter (with his nonsensical one- liner conversation endings, and nicknames), and Sydney being quite multi-dimensional. And what's a film like this about man-friends without that dose of fanboy-dom in it, with the Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno playing himself in a very short supporting role, and many other film references thrown in for good measure too?

I Love You, Man is an excellent story on friendship, and what makes friendship tick. For that and its healthy dose of comedy, and a great spin on the tired romantic-comedy genre, it goes without a surprise into my list of contenders for top films of the year.

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