I Love You, Man

Reviewed By Abhishek Bandekar
Posted 02/15/10 13:21:07

"Male-bonding at first sight!"
4 stars (Worth A Look)

It’s not easy being a man these days. You have magazines telling that a man needs to look after his nails and hair just as much as the woman he’s dating. Fairness creams are being made specifically for men, and worse…your favourite male celebrities are endorsing it! New-age psycho-babble would have you believe that a man uninhibited to shed tears while watching a film is healthy and in touch with his emotional side. In short, a sensitive clean-shaven guy with gelled hair and a waxed chest to match his plaid-cut formal suit is the order of the day. A far cry from the grizzly, grunting and unshaven cave-man of the Stone Age, this Metrosexual creature is!

Hamburg’s side-splittingly funny comedy, I Love You, Man understands this and takes its metrosexual leading man, a wonderfully in-form Paul Rudd playing real-estate salesman Peter Klaven, on a journey towards ‘manhood’. The film, by way of Peter’s quest in finding a male-friend, posits an argument that in trying to conform to a feminine standard of masculinity, men have gone so far off in the opposite direction that in order to even make new male friends they’ll first have to learn what it is to be a man!

When Peter’s prettily freckled fiancé, Zooey Rice (Rashida Jones), goes about meeting her friends and planning on her bridesmaids for their wedding, Peter realizes that he doesn’t have a single male friend who can be his best-man. So he sets out to have himself a male best friend, with hilarious help from his flamboyantly gay brother who fixes him blind male-dates. A couple of gags later, Peter has an accidental meet-cute with Sydney Fife (Jason Segel). Sydney is the sort of man-child that every man wants to be were it not for societal conventions and a world increasingly tilting towards pink! Sydney talks about farts and other bodily functions without the slightest hint of self-consciousness or awkwardness. He has Peter dump a dinner with his fiancé in favour of a rock-concert. And he unreservedly insists that Zooey must satisfy Peter ‘orally’!

The screenplay is clever to respect that Zooey doesn’t quite like Sydney but she does realize that he’s untapped a certain facet of Peter. The writing also throws up genuine laughs in Peter’s pathetic attempts at trying to be cool and casual.

With a backup of fine comedic talents like Simmons (who plays Peter’s alpha-male father) and Pressly (as Zooey’s frighteningly dominant and sexy girlfriend), I Love You, Man is a breezy watch. You’re unlikely to find a more satisfying male-bonding rom-com.

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