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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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Storyline

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? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Let's Make Friends See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,810,270, 22 March 2009

Gross USA:

$71,440,011

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,636,986
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jason Segel and Paul Rudd reprise their roles in a video shown on Rush's Time Machine tour. The duo manage to get backstage and meet the band after the performance. See more »

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While Peter was posing for the picture that Sydney was going to advertise Peter's job with, Peter's left hand switches between shots from holding his right wrist and holding his right elbow See more »

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[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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The Underdog
Written by Britt Daniel
Performed by Spoon
Courtesy of Merge Records
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the plot isn't what works- it's all about actors, timing, awkward pauses, realistic dialog
30 March 2009 | by Quinoa1984See all my reviews

I Love You, Man may feel like another Apatow company production, but it's mostly because some of its "stock" company players (I put quotes as it's both a loose term and just about right) like Paul Rudd and Jason Siegel. They give the air of using the screenplay as the easiest of diving boards into just shooting-the-hell-of-it with one another as two friends. Rudd plays a guy about to get married and is embarrassed to find out, from all those around him more than anything, that he doesn't have many, or really any, true friends. He meets Siegel at an open house for Lou Ferrigno (he's a real estate agent and Ferrigno fills the oddball cameo choice, it's a great choice though), and the two hit it off as a "bromance" develops.

It's this "bromance" that makes I Love You, Man a little interesting as a double-edged romantic comedy. It's already about Rudd and his to-be played by Rashida Jones, their little moments of fun and their arguments too (there's a cute running gag involving Rudd's imitations of the band Rush sounding like an Irishman), but then it's also got plenty of innuendo to this being really about the guys, how Siegel gets attached to Rudd in that way that surely isn't gay but is more than just casual acquaintance stuff (see his "investment" plan unfold). But truth be told it's not even this that makes I Love You, Man so funny.

Rudd and Siegel are simply funny guys, but naturally so; there's a new trend to put a somewhat straight face on gross out gags in these movies, Apatow or its spin-off groups (one can equate it to the good rip-offs of Tarantino in the 90s to a certain extent), and it works very well here. It's like a sweet blending of Curb Your Enthusiasm awkwardness (if, of course, nowhere near the genius of that, especially with story) and some of the low-brow Adam Sandler stuff and joyfully useless banter and non-jock male bonding. It's not any better or lessor than recent stuff from Siegel and Rudd; you could watch this with either Forgetting Sarah Marshall or Role Models and be satisfied about the same. Again, plot is not at all the strong suit, but if you just want some cleverly obvious comedy dialog it's a good detour.

At the least, we get one of the funniest lines of the year, or just in years, near the very end: "I love you... Broseph Goebbels!"


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