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I think that Paul Rudd is trying to give Sacha Baron Cohen a run for his money in the awkward comedy department. As a newly engaged fella, Rudd’s character in “I Love You, Man” has never really had a best pal. A bro. A BFF. And so his quest begins – a series of forced and uncomfortable man-dates as he looks for a best man / best friend. Having no experience in the department of male bonding, Rudd concocts more cringe-worthy sounds and made-up words than most gangly teenagers will ever mutter. The premise of the movie is a perfect parody on the oh-so-popular bromance movement. Co-writer / director, John Hamburg (known for penning such scripts as “Zoolander” and “Meet the Fockers”) has put together a great cast led by Rudd and Jason Segel. The supporting funny is brought by Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons (he’s everywhere!), Jane Curtin, Jon Favreau, and Jaime Pressly. Rashida Jones, meanwhile, keeps the whole thing pretty real (and girl-friendly).
The great thing about comedies like this is the gag reel, and this DVD has a good one, including Paul Rudd cracking himself up over some fart noises. There’s also extended scenes, a “making of” doc and commentary. I didn’t watch the latter, mostly because seeing the movie once was enough, but I’m sure it’s terrific. It’s one of those films with a concept that will make you alternate between laughing and grimacing. But apparently that’s what the kids like these days. Oh, and a good barf gag. That’s in there, too.