I Love You, Man (2009) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy
Paramount || R - 104 minutes - $39.99 || August 11, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-08-19


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: John Hamburg
Writer(s): Larry Levin (story), John Hamburg & Larry Levin (screenplay)
Cast: Paul Rudd, Jason Segal, Rashida Jones, Jon Favreau, Jaime Pressly


Theatrical Release Date: March 20, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Extras
  • Gag Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot: Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) gets engaged to the girl (Rashida Jones) of his dreams but doesn’t have a single guy friend to be his Best Man until he meets the ultimate dude, Sydney Fife (Jason Segel). But as they begin to hang out more and more, Peter sees a wilder and obnoxiously hot-tempered side to Sydney and even some of Syd’s less desirable habits start to rub off that could jeopardize his engagement.

I’ll admit that while I can’t quite get on board with saying I Love You, Man as being one of the best comedies to come around in the 21st century, it is still quite funny. It’s also an R-rated sexually course movie that doesn’t take the easy comedy route with fart jokes and instead works for the jokes with two funny lead performances from Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. For the most part the guys just do the same sort of shtick we’ve seen before but the on screen bromantic-chemistry makes it all worthwhile.

After watching the movie, it reminded me of what a Judd Apatow movie should be. Not saying Apatow’s movies aren’t funny, but director John Hamburg, along with co-writer Larry Levin, give us a funny movie that is under two hours (I Love You, Man clocks in at 104-minutes). This is only Hamburg’s third feature film (Safe Men, Along Came Polly) and previously worked on Apatow’s short-lived “Undeclared” and the blink or you’d miss it, “Welcome to the Captain”.

The movie is perfectly paced and the developed bromance between Rudd and Segel along with some funny performances from the supporting characters including Rashida Jones (we need to see more of her), Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons, Jon Favreau and Jaime Pressly all work well together and contribute to the comedy.

Now, admittedly, I didn’t laugh as much as I expected based on upon what I had heard about the movie. That said, I will say this is a funny and smart comedy that is still heads and shoulders above most comedies that come out every year that rely on potty humor rather than developing the characters and, in the case of I Love You, Man, showing off the bromance trend.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The Blu-ray starts off with a funny enough feature commentary with director John Hamburg and stars Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. It’s a good mixture of information and fun all on one track.

The Making of I Love You, Man (17:29; HD) – This is a standard ‘making-of’ featurette that goes over the plot of the film mixed in behind the scenes footage and scenes from the movie. Kind of a waste of time since a good portion just has the cast and crew taking us step by step of the plot.

Extras (22:25; HD) – There are nine “line-o-ramas” – to borrow an Apatow special features term – where the cast try out different lines for the scene.

Extended (12:39; HD) and Deleted Scenes (3:18; HD) – We get several scenes cut out no doubt for pacing reasons and while I’m happy to see a little more of Carla Gallo (only a little), the rest is filler.

Last up on the disc is one of the most extensive gag reel (11:25; HD) I’ve seen and the Red Band Trailer (2:49; HD).



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

I Love You, Man is presented with a 1.78 aspect ratio (originally 1.85 theatrically), in 1080p high-definition and on a 50GB Blu-ray disc. The images look crisp and clean void of any dust or scratches while color and skin tones all look good.

Normally, I don’t care how a comedy sounds especially since it’s usually dialogue heavy but even that was a bit uneven. I had to adjust the volume a few times and even the score wasn’t very strong either. Most of the audio comes from the front channels with only ambient noise making use of the rear speakers.



.::OVERALL::.

While I don’t share the enthusiasm for the movie as most (represented by its surprising box office take and rave reviews), I Love You, Man is still a funny enough movie that belongs side by side with the likes of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The features are decent and quite reminiscent of a Judd Apatow release and although the picture is nice, the audio has much to be desired.