The Night Out: I Love You, Man (2009), or The Epic Bromance Of Our Generation

22 03 2009
Paul Rudd is SO tiny and Jason Segel could have played Lurch in The Addams Family!

Paul Rudd is SO tiny and Jason Segel could have played Lurch in The Addams Family!

Well, folks, this one hits pretty close to home. My film today, the delightful I Love You, Man, is about a man who lacks a very important aspect of the masculine experience; guy friends. I myself have found in my maturity a distinct lack of close male friends. Sure, I have a number of guy friends I have known for a long time, but very rarely have I really bonded with another fellow. There are a few reasons for this. One: a lot of guys are pure, straight-up assholes, and I don’t want to have to look past a person’s horrible character traits just so I can hang out with them. I’d rather sit alone in a fucking cave than hear about how many chicks some dude is “laying down” or how good the Patriots were the year before. Two: women, while not for the most part interested in many of the things I enjoy, are good conversationalists. Guys, I’m sorry, but most of you can’t hold a conversation for more than a solid five minutes. Whatever happened to being rounded? All I hear about from guys is small talk, usually involving either sports or the weather, and, unless there is a firestorm coming to my side of town or a sports team is playing in my living room, I am not interested in either. And three, the most important reason: bonding with someone requires exposing yourself and putting yourself out there, which is apparently is the greatest taboo a man can commit. The platonic male relationship is constantly in jeopardy of becoming “too gay”, so even keeping in touch with another guy on a regular basis nowadays can be just a little too immasculating for the average male. So, if you come see my Facebook page (shameless plug), you will notice a startling trend towards the female persuasion, and that is why. I can see where they came up with the idea for this movie.

Peter Klaven has the same problem as I do. He has always been the
guy that would rather hang out with his girlfriend and her friends than go out and find friends of his own. And his current girlfriend, Zooey, is so special to him that he wants to spend the rest of his life with her, so he proposes to her. She gladly accepts, and the preparations for the wedding begin to go into effect. But a question is brought up that Peter was not equipped to answer: who will be his best man? It comes to light that he never really had a best guy friend, or even a close guy friend for that matter. This doesn’t bother him too much until one night when he hears all of Zooey’s friends talking about how unhealthy not having any guy friends is and how that can make a man very clingy. Embarrassed, he begins to hunt around for a male friend around town. Unfortunately, not a lot of guys are very compatible with him. They’re either too aloof and too macho, or, over on the other side of the spectrum, actually gay. It’s not looking too good for him until one day, while at his job as a realtor (he’s running an open house to sell Lou Ferrigno’s house!), he meets Sidney Fife. Sidney, an investor who isn’t even looking to buy Ferrigno’s house and just wants to find some divorcees to sleep with, takes an immediate liking to Peter, and the two strike it off. Peter is incredibly nervous, as he has never found himself in this territory before, but Sidney’s brutal honesty and sheer charisma cause him to let down his guard and have some fun with his life. Has Peter found his best man? Will this new-found friendship completely change his life? And what about Lou Ferrigno’s house?

This was a great movie. I really enjoyed myself today every minute I was watching this. You know what the best thing that Judd Apatow and his band of ruffians has brought to the big screen in this new decade? Real-life situations. This is a situation that I think a lot of guys, though they would not admit to it, can relate to. Making new friends can be hard, and they show that in explicit, almost excruciating detail. Peter goes on a series of man-dates before he meets Sidney, and every single one of them is cringe-inducing. When one actually goes right, he is relieved and almost thinks he has found a friend when the guy comes closer and plants a nice, deep kiss right on Peter’s lips. Perfect.

This movie is all about the talent. The stars, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, are the engine that this film needs to plow right into you and make you laugh. Paul Rudd is Peter, and he is so genuine as someone trying to fit in. He doesn’t know guy lingo at all, so, when talking to Sidney, he comes up with the absolute worst “casual” dude slang (while trying to come up with a nickname for Sidney on the spot, he can’t think of anything cool and just spouts out “Jobyn” for no reason!). He is uncomfortable with putting himself out there, and it really shows, to hilarious effect. His counterpart, Jason Segel, is the free-wheeling Sidney, who is the ultimate guy friend. He’s not judgmental, he’s 100% cool, and he’s funny to boot. Plus, he can do a dead-on impression of Andre the Giant (“Anybody want a peanut?”). Together, these two seriously funny actors tear up the box office competition and leave me rolling.

The cameos here are also really good. Jon Favreau pops in intermittently as Barry, a real jerk-off who represents about a third of all guys I have ever seen in my entire life. You know, the miserable asshole with the inexplicably hot wife who only exists to blow other people off? That guy. Luckily, Favreau makes you laugh the whole time he’s on screen, unlike the guys like Barry in real life, who just make you want to projectile vomit on them (Spoiler!). Rob Huebel plays Peter’s rival realtor Tevin Downey, another average dude who looks up granny porn at work and advertises himself on urinal cakes in chain restaurants. Okay, so he’s not that average, but he is pretty funny. And who could forget Andy Samberg as Peter’s gay brother Robbie? Oh, that’s right; I could. My only wish is that they had some funnier roles for the ladies. Last year’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall had the right idea with giving the women some of the good lines. Here’s to more hilarious ladies!

So if you’re like me (dashing, hysterical, rocking a totally hard bod) and can be honest enough with yourself to admit that Peter might just be like you in some ways, you’ll find a lot to laugh at here in I Love You, Man. And even if you have a lot of guy friends, at least watch it to laugh at our expense. It’s the funniest movie I’ve seen in theaters this year, and I think you’ll agree that it’s, uh… Jobyn! I give it 8 1/2 Lou Ferrignos out of 10!

See you tomorrow, where we discover Hiroshima Mon Amour!