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Bromance = win

I Love You, Man” is a bro-mantic comedy starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segal. Rudd stars as Peter Klaven, a newly engaged L.A. realtor.  When he and his fiancé Zooey (Rashida Jones) start planning the wedding, Peter quickly realizes that he doesn’t have a best man – in fact, he doesn’t have any guy friends.

His family tries to help him out by setting him up on some ill-advised “man-dates” with their friends that couldn’t go more wrong. Peter has all but given up when he meets Sydney Fife (Segal).

Sydney shows up at one of Peter’s open houses to eat his food and meet attractive, vulnerable divorcees. The two strike up a conversation and become fast friends. Is Sydney best man material? Or will Sydney’s alpha male personality be too much for Peter and the engagement?

“I Love You, Man” is from writer/director John Hamburg (“Along Came Polly,” “Meet the Fockers”) and it is hilarious. The film hinges on the friendship between Rudd and Segal, which is flawless. Peter’s geeky awkwardness is matched by Sydney’s self-assured bravado to form this kind of yin-yang pairing that is funny and heartfelt.

Rudd and Segal have great comedic timing; Segal especially does a great job of keeping his character grounded when he could have easily become an over-the-top caricature. Every part of this movie works, including a sub-plot involving Lou “The Incredible Hulk” Ferrigno as one of Peter’s clients.

My one criticism is that it goes back to vomit and poop jokes one too many times. I love toilet humor; it’s reliable for a good chuckle or two. But this script is better than that. Hamburg should have trusted his leading men to deliver the funny without resorting to the cheap and easy laugh.

An all-star supporting cast, including Jane Curtin, J.K. Simmons, Andy Samberg, Jaime Pressly, and Jon Favreau, along with the main leads, work together to make this fantastic bromance come to life. It is raunchy and vulgar and completely enduring. “I Love You, Man” is a must-see.

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