I Love You, Man (2009)

Genre(s): Comedy
Paramount || R - 104 minutes - $29.99 || August 11, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-08-16


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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
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Gag Reel


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Surround 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Surround 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Iím dating the same girl since my birthday, which in all honesty is like a new record for me. Thatís not the point though, what is important is that she never laughs, at anything. Iíve had her watch some of the funniest shows ever (ďFamily Guy,Ē ďSimpsons,Ē etc) and not even a mouse chuckle. That is, until she saw I Love You, Man, and laughed throughout most of it. Hence the great review, but in my opinion as well as hers, this is a fantastic flick.

Peter (Paul Rudd) takes his girlfriend Zooey (Rashida Jones) out to a vacant lot and tells her that soon enough this will be theirs, as heís going to be making a huge real estate sale soon and will have enough for the property. He then bends down on one knee and asks her to marry him, to which she says yes and as soon as they get in the car she just has to tell all her friends. Zooey asks Peter when heís going to, but he declines and says that heíll tell them soon enough. The problem is Peter doesnít really have any guy friends, since in his life he tends to bond more with women than men, and as such, doesnít even have a best man for his wedding. Therein lays the problem, as one night he comes home early from not hanging out with his friends to barge in on Zooeyís girlfriends and her worrying that he wonít have a best man for the wedding.

Thus, Peter sets out to find a best man for the wedding. He asks his father (J.K. Simmons) for some help, who exclaims he only has two best friends in the world anyways, a friend and his other son Robbie (Andy Samberg). Robbie offers to help Peter out and sets him up on a few hilarious dates, but they get the wrong idea and think that Peter is trying to pick them up instead of just wanting to be friends. Discouraged, Peter goes back to work trying to sell Lou Ferrignoís house when he meets up with Sydney (Jason Segel), and the two start bonding right away. Sydney is the same as Peter, in a way, which I wonít spoil for you, but the two hit it off right away and become great friends. However, Zooey worries that the two are becoming way too close too fast, and starts to get pushed out of the picture. Can Peter reclaim his wife or will he choose his friend over her?

Yeah, this is a hilarious flick. Rudd has always been the big breakout star from several of his earlier flicks that Iíve enjoyed, and this one isnít any different. In all honesty, he could have sat on the screen in a chair and done nothing for 100 minutes and I still would have laughed just as much. Thatís just how funny it is. Segal is also great as Sydney, as he has a bunch of one-liners and his acting is superb just like it was in his last flick.

There are however a few knit pick problems that I have with this film, one of them being the appearance yet again of Samberg. Heís not funny, in any movie Iíve seen nor will he ever be. His band is hilarious, Iíll give him that, but heís just not funny at all. Every scene he was in, which thankfully was only a few; I wanted to mute the volume. He tries way too hard and it shows.

Another somewhat issue with the flick is that itís short, clocking in at a little over 100 minutes. There are about 30 minutes of extra/deleted scenes that could have been put in the film, or maybe an ďunratedĒ version that would have helped with more laughs or including more people in the flick. Iím not sure why, maybe for pacing reasons, but it would have helped as when the flick ended I just wanted more of the movie.

Overall though, this is a hilarious comedy with some great cameos that had me and my new girlfriend nearly dying from laughter.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with John Hamburg, Paul Rudd, and Jason Segel: The director and both main characters of the flick join together for an outrageously funny commentary that deserves a listen to. Rudd cracks jokes the entire time, as does Segel. The two actors take over Hamburg most of the time, but thatís okay as both are hilarious every time they try and make some jokes or attempt to talk about the film (which doesnít happen that much).

The Making of I Love You, Man (17 minutes): The cast and crew talk about the making of the film in a rather funny feature. It does run a little too long for my taste, but anything Rudd is involved in does have some laughs, as this one does.

Extras (22 minutes): These are basically re-done scenes that didnít make it into the movie that are either extended or slightly modified. These are hilarious, as Segal is just as funny in these as he is in the movie. Why these werenít in the somewhat short film is beyond me.

Extended Scenes (13 minutes): Even more scenes that are extended, including the dinner scene with Zooeyís girlfriends and a few others. These are just as funny as the other extras, so take a gander.

Deleted Scenes (3 minutes): Three short clips that didnít make it into the film but are still funny regardless. Rudd in a striped shirt is hilarious in its own right.

Gag Reel (11 minutes): The cast of the flick screw up some lines and joke around with other members. Itís nowhere near as funny as the previous extras, but once again, still worth a look.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

This is nothing short of a beautiful-looking comedy. Colors are vibrant if not outstanding, as the flesh tones for the cast look phenomenal. Background scenes also look excellent, and there werenít any real problems with grain or overcast the entire duration. There werenít any issues either with black levels being overpowering, but I did have a slight problem with some of the colors being a bit too bright in some scenes. It appeared as though the shirts were jumping off the screen in a few spots, and it did cause a little distortion to happen in a few scenes for the color. Otherwise, this is an excellent transfer.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track accompanying the film isnít exactly the most ear-grabbing track Iíve ever heard, but it does do its job in the long end of things. Levels are decent for the duration of the movie, as was being able to understand the dialect. I didnít have any real issues with having to turn up the volume or down at any point, but the problem lies within the fact that there just wasnít anything to really write home about. The track gets the job done, but donít go expecting really any surround use what so ever. It still is though an excellent track for a comedy, and I commend Paramount no yet another great release.



.::OVERALL::.

I Love You, Man continues the trend that I have said right from the beginning: Paul Rudd is a genius. There has yet to be an unfunny movie heís starred in, and I honestly doubt that will ever happen. The supporting cast of Segal and others helps as well, as this is one of the best comedies to come out in 2009 or as of late. The video and audio are also well-above average for a DVD release, and with a ton of extras, this is one to be completely sure about. I Love You, Man, and so should you by purchasing this one right now.