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I Love You, Man (2009)

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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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John Hamburg

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John Hamburg (screenplay), Larry Levin (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Rudd ... Peter Klaven
Rashida Jones ... Zooey Rice
Sarah Burns ... Hailey
Greg Levine 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 Colleen Crabtree ... Female Co-Worker
Caroline Farah ... Female Co-Worker
Mather Zickel ... Gil
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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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He needed a best man...he got the worst. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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

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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 (1998). See more »

Goofs

The Macbook switches between facing forward and backwards on the kitchen counter when Peter gets home, and the 3 girls are talking. 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. ...
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Crazy Credits

Scenes from the wedding reception play during the credits. See more »

Connections

References The Devil Wears Prada (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Oxford Comma
Written by Chris Baio (as Christopher Baio), Rostam Batmanglij, Ezra Koenig, and Chris Thomson (as Christopher Thomson)
Performed by Vampire Weekend
Courtesy of XL Recordings Limited
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I love you to, man
25 July 2009 | by ivkoSee all my reviews

Societal norms are a constantly evolving beast. Time was, most people got married at 23 or 24, had kids by 25, and that's just the way it was. These days, most of my friends aren't getting married until their early to mid thirties and even those that do often get divorced and re-married in their mid thirties. Fact is, we live longer, educate longer, and mature into family life slower. Another big change of the last few decades is how we work. My father's generation got a job out of high school or college and worked for the same company for 30+ years. Your friends were your coworkers and buddies from childhood. Often you spent your whole life surrounded by mostly the same people. Childhood buds were your buds for life, for better or worse. Nowadays of course 4 or 5 or even more major career changes is not uncommon, nor is at least 1 or 2 major geographic moves. All these changes have not gone unnoticed in Hollywood, where a cottage industry has sprung up of "coming of age" films for those tweeners in between young adult and middle age. Paul Rudd, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogan; these people have made careers out of catering to these new social landscapes. 'I love you, man' is another in a string of light-hearted comedies that find the humor in these situations.

Rudd plays Peter Klaven, an young Realtor in LA who at the beginning of the film gets engaged to his girlfriend (played by Rashida Jones who you'll probably recognize from 'The Office' or 'Parks and Recreation'). Peter, like many of Rudd's other roles, is a decent, boyish, slightly goofy guy who connects better with woman than with men. One evening, while accidentally overhearing his fiancé talking with her friends about his lack of close male friends, Peter decides he needs to get a best friend. Naturally the process doesn't go smoothly and comedy ensues.

The major plot arc here is not unlike another Rudd film, 'The 40 year old virgin', but instead of romance it's friendship that we watch unfolding. Rudd, as usual, has excellent comedic timing and delivery. The jokes are decent, and there is only a minimal amount of gross out humor. Jason Segal of 'How I met your mother' (and the completely awesome 'Forgetting Sarah Marshall') plays a slightly more confident and aggressive role than you might be used to seeing him in as the new friend Sydney. The friendship chemistry between him and Rudd is decent, but maybe not quite there in my opinion. Instead I think some of the funnier moments play out between the fiancé and her friends, but all in all the movie works as a decent and fun bit of light movie fare. I would certainly recommend the movie for your NetFlix list.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,810,270, 22 March 2009

Gross USA:

$71,440,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,980,359
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