'I Love You, Man': Snap Judgment

Lovemanruddsegel_lIt’s official: The best chick flicks are for dudes. And I Love You, Man has perfected the art. Like its main character, Peter (the deliriously lovable Paul Rudd), it’s a guy’s movie that shows a surprising understanding of women. It certainly respects them more than the likes of He’s Just Not That Into You and Confessions of a Shopaholic. While girly movies paint women as desperate creatures with a universally pathological shoe obsession, Man loves its ladies. Sure, they’re caricatured a bit for comedic effect — and certainly the central bromance is more finely rendered than the women surrounding it. But at least the script finds fresh angles on female characters: That hilarious speakerphone conversation that sends up women’s intimate knowledge of their friends’ sex lives ("He goes down on you, like, six times a week!") shows genuine insight into what Sex and the City has done for girls’ night exchanges, for better or worse. Rashida Jones (more of her in my movies, please) as Peter’s beloved Zooey comes off as smart and sweet and worth Peter’s fuss without being overly glorified. And Jaime Pressly, well, she steals every one of her scenes as Zooey’s brittle friend Denise, whose sniping at her husband is just her brand of foreplay. Man, it turns out, is one for the girls …

Click here to read Owen Gleiberman’s review, then let us know what you think: Is I Love You, Man the best recent romantic comedy? Will women love it as much as — or even more than — guys do?
 

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  • Stef

    I was really disappointed by this movie and surprised by the good reviews. It was boring and seemed kind of sprawling. I got tired of Paul Rudd’s awkward phrase after about 30 minutes. “Joeben” was kind of cute though. And I do agree about the women being fun and cool.

  • Matt

    Here’s the uncensored “boat race” scene from the movie. One of many good moments:
    http://gotchamedia.blogspot.com/2009/02/adventureland-and-i-love-you-man.html

  • Katie

    I saw a free screening on Thursday night and would gladly pay to see it again. I’ve been a longtime fan of Jaosn Segel and Paul Rudd, and this was a great showcase for both of them. The movie struck the perfect balance between cringe-inducing awkwardness and laugh-out-loud hilarity (seriously, I could NOT stop laughing, and neither could the people around me). And the Rush subplot was so fitting — my brother is a huge fan of Rush, and I could definitely picture him geeking out with a friend in the same way.

  • Sam

    I thought that is was one of the better comedies not just romatic comedies in recent years. Plus it may just be me, but Jason Segal’s character was so awesome that I think he might be one of my favorite movie characters in recent years.

  • Elena

    “I will see you there or I will see you on another time.”
    “Wait, what? That was confusing.”
    “I-I’ll just see you later.”
    PRICELESS.
    I loved this movie. Why can’t there be girl movies like this, without all those crappy stereotypes? I appreciate a good “blowie” joke as much as a guy. If not more. Plus, Paul Rudd + Jason Segel = too much awesome for one movie. Seriously! These guys are ridiculous!

  • Erin

    I just find it kind of odd that in rom-coms aimed at women like HJNTIY and especially Made of Honor, the men act like giant jerks most of the time, but we’re supposed to fall for them. And then in this “guy” movie, Paul Rudd plays the absolute perfect, loving boyfriend. The message seems to be that men have higher standards of how women should be treated than women do.

  • Brie

    Loved this movie. It is definitely one of the best recent romantic comedies mainly because the lead character is not only charming and sweet, but real. He’s not some loser that the girl settles for or has to realize that she’s loved all along. And I know people like that (including myself) who make out of date comedy references, screw up jokes, and can’t do an accent to save their lives.

  • Lizzy

    I loved it. Jason Segel and Paul Rudd have the best chemistry. I would see it over and over again.

  • Luisa

    LOVED this movie. It was completely hilarious–Paul Rudd and Jason Segel are simply perfect together–and thankfully didn’t make either women or men look like complete jerks. Totally refreshing spin on the romcom.

  • garvey

    I was the one that wanted to see this movie, but my wife loved it even more than me…and I thought it was hilarious. Our movie theatre though healthily attended by dudes was, too my surprise, 60-65% women. It seemed to me that they had as good a time as my wife did.

  • Harry K

    A fantastic date movie, but not a good first date movie, be careful.
    But yes, it was a very good blend of male and female comedy, and very relatable for all.
    It was cast perfectly!

  • Brody

    Gotta say… Really graphic puke scene = NOT a chick flick. (Not for THIS chick, anyway!)

  • Matthew

    I would not consider this to be a chick flick at all. The humor in it is targeted for guys not girls. Im sure woman can relate to this movie in terms of the main character spending all this time with his new BFF but I would not consider this a chick flick one bit.

  • Suzanne

    Hysterical movie, I went with 3 girl friends and we laughed our butts off. We all are going back with our husbands cause they will love it too

  • jen

    you know, there WAS zooey’s friend hailey who was totally desperate and always complained about being single. i’m not using that point to deride this movie, but to defend some other “chick flick” comedies. some people are acting like all women NEVER get desperate or hate being single.

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