REVIEW: I Love You, Man
Remember the gay undertones of Pineapple Express that everyone was talking about last summer? Well...I Love You, Man takes it to another level. The level is so high that even the characters in the movie are aware that something is odd. That includes the main character's bride-to-be.
The movie stars Paul Rudd as Peter Klaven a/k/a Pistol Pete. He's a real estate agent trying to sell Lou Ferrigno's mansion. Normally he sells homes in the working class neighborhoods but he needs the money because he's getting married in a few months. Pete seems to live a normal life, but that's only on the surface. He's actually a friend-less person and Zooey (Rashida Jones), his fiancee, is concerned that he'll turn into one of those needy husbands. So, he sets out to make some friends. That's when the first of many comedy set pieces begin. He hangs out with all sorts of people, from poker playing jocks to gay people who think they are on a date with him. Then he meets Sydney (Jason Segel) and they hit it off. Sydney, like Pete, seems normal but that's only on the surface. He's a man who refuses to grow up. So, a lot of his time spent with Pete is juvenile. That's okay with Pete. He never had any friends so he's making up for lost time. However, while Zooey is glad that he made a friend she fears that she's losing him. The more time Pete spents with Sydney, the less than he spents with her. And, that is putting the wedding in jeopardy.
Overall, I found the movie to be hilarious. Yeah, the gay undertones can be a bit distracting and ruins the point of the movie but it adds to the comedy. While Rudd and Segel have good chemistry and deliver wonderful performances. The only real flaw of the movie is that it's a bit predictable. Then again...what comedy isn't? The point is to be funny and it pulls it off.