Vail Valley movie review: True bromance
Vail, CO Colorado
VAIL, Colorado “-“I Love You, Man” has three things going for it that make it instantly forgivable for its paper-thin plot: 1) A Rush-heavy soundtrack 2) Lots of hilarious, off-the-cuff banter between the male and female stars and 3) a light-hearted look at modern relationships starring a mostly good looking cast. So, if you are a person who needs heavy plot development and an intense resolution to make yourself feel like you’ve spent your money wisely, you might want to check out something else. But, if you’re like me and most of my friends, then watching guys projectile vomit, trying to play Rush tunes on their instruments and getting put in sleeper holds by Lou Ferrigno (playing himself) for an hour and a half is all the plot development you need sometimes.
Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is a California real estate agent who is about to get married to his fiance Zooey (Rashida Jones) when she points out the fact that he has no male friends and therefore nobody to stand up with him at the altar to act as best man. Worried he might be some kind of weirdo, he goes on a desperate string of man-dates set up by his mother (Jane Curtin) and gay brother (Andy Samberg) in search of a best friend before the wedding date. See, there’s your plot, nice and simple.
Eventually, Klaven meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel), an unemployed bachelor with a knack for personal honesty and reading body language, at one of Klaven’s real estate open house events. The two hit it off immediately and for the rest of the movie we see their friendship grow, sometimes to the detriment of Klaven’s relationship with Zooey.
If you’ve seen any recent film starring Rudd (“The 40 Year Old Virgin,” “Role Models”) or Segel (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”) you already know what you’re getting into. They don’t pull any profanity punches and the dialogue sounds mostly like it’s made up on the spot, which of course makes everything feel that much more realistic. A super-solid supporting cast (Jaime Pressly, J.K. Simmons, Jon Favreau) makes for maximum laughs, especially Favreau and Pressly as an extremely angry couple. But, the best parts of the movie are, unfortunately, parts that mostly guys are going to get. For instance, there’s a running joke during the entire film about guys who consistently try to shorten words to sound cool (like bro instead of brother) and try to dispense cool nicknames that never work or make up new words that fail to catch on. Another area that could leave women feeling like they’re not necessarily part of the club is just how much attention is given to Klaven and Fife’s friendship, or “bromance,” as the film refers to it. It is often compared to an intimate relationship with Klaven getting nervous before calling Fife for the first time and the two of them dancing together at a Rush concert while Klaven’s fiance is ignored in the crowd.
That being said, there’s still plenty here for women to get a kick out of, but this is definitely a man’s movie, and the perfect man date movie too ” unless you’d rather watch “Sex and the City” on DVD with your girlfriend again.
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