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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Hollywood Product: I Love You, Man

click to enlarge RUSH JOB: Paul Rudd (left) as Peter Klaven and Jason Segel as Sydney Fife
  • RUSH JOB: Paul Rudd (left) as Peter Klaven and Jason Segel as Sydney Fife

GENRE: Comedic bromance

THE PITCH: After straightlaced Realtor Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) pops the question to his girlfriend (Rashida Jones), he realizes he has no male buddies and resolves to meet a potential best man. But will free-spirited Syndey Fife (Jason Segel) be his BFF, or wreak havoc in his career and relationship?

MONEY SHOTS: Peter projectile-vomits on a macho acquaintance (Jon Favreau). Peter receives an unexpected open-mouthed kiss from one of his "man-dates." Peter and Sydney engage in over-the-top jam sessions in Sydney's garage "man cave." Peter attempts to strike a James Bond pose in his wedding tux. Sydney offers Peter some humiliating help as an attempted career boost.

BEST RUNNING JOKE: Peter struggles with masculine banter and nicknames, causing him to stammer nonsensical, would-be Jack Black-isms such as, "Totally! Totes McGoats!"

GROSSEST LINE: His father (J.K. Simmons) explains that Peter always gravitated to girls more than boys due to early puberty: "I remember taking him swimming at 12 years old. Kid had a bush like a 40-year-old Serbian."

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