Dudes rejoice…Sydney Fife to the rescue! Romantic Comedy has long been a feminine genre that mixed clichéd narrative with ingénue stars. No more! I Love You Man is one of the recent rom-coms to come out in the past few years that shatters the preconceptions of the genre with testosterone induced hilarity. Like Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall, the “Frat Pack” returns with its newest leading men, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.
Paul Rudd plays Peter Klaven, a man with a problem. Engaged to Zooey, played by the Office’s Rashida Jones, Klaven finds himself in a desperate search for a best man, when he comes to terms with the fact that he has no male friends. In his attempts to find the missing link, he meets Sydney Fife, the guy everyone could befriend, the professional bachelor. Fife is played by Jason Segel, in a role that is so genuine in its comedy, that you can’t help but to love him. Together, Rudd and Segel are a classic comedy duo, a modern-day Lemmon and Matthau. Rudd is equally amazing in this film, playing Klaven with the most spot-on awkwardness and vulnerability. Throughout the film Klaven fails attempt after attempt of coming up with clever guy-bonding jargon. It is these moments of possibly improvised laughs in which Rudd truly shines, proof that he is Hollywood’s new leading man. Watch also for Jon Favreau and Jaime Pressly as a hilariously dysfunctional married couple
This new breed of the manlier rom-com is unique in its relevance to the now. Combining classic and current pop references with the awkward charms of its leads, I Love You Man succeeds where so many comedies fail. Intelligent and edgy while still charming and tasteful, here is a film that crosses borders. A hybrid of romance, bromance, sex-comedy, and buddy movie, I Love You Man is by far the funniest movie so far this year.