Film review: I Love You, Man

2009-04-26 00:00

Ugh! I thought throughout a screening of John Hamburg’s latest offering: I Love You, Man.

Ugh! is all I can say about this movie. Nothing really sums up this comedy better than, well … Ugh!

Don’t misinterpret my use of the word. Ugh! is good if it’s Ugh! you’re after — and judging by the amount of Ugh! I’ve seen in most comedies of late, I guess people actually like it.

This movie is full of Ugh! From the storyline to the dialogue to the … well, you get point right?

Hamburg, who has the romantic comedy down to an art with movies like Meet the Parents and Along Came Polly to his name, borrows all the ingredients of the genre, mixes it up with a hint of regurgitation and a dollop of testosterone to create the “bromantic” comedy.

Starring Paul Rudd (who also featured in Knocked Up), I Love You, Man is about a successful real estate agent who is about to get married and does not have a single friend — other than his mom, that is.

It’s not that he minds, it’s just that his unsocial nature has now put him in a position where he doesn’t have anyone to be his best man.

What to do? What to do? And like that, he decides to go out on a series of “man dates” to find the one who completes the black and white glossy photo in the wedding album.

After a few dates — and some hilarious Ugh! moments — he reaches a point of despair, but before chucking in the towel, he meets a surfer dude lookalike and they hit it off (big time).

The two are complete opposites, so you can only imagine all the Ugh! that follows.

A lot of the time I had to put my popcorn down because some of the Ugh! really grossed me out.

But, this movie was more than just unflushed-public-toilet humour. It is unsettlingly different — in fact, it is this more than anything else that made me Ugh! — and that is why I liked it.

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