One for the boys

2009-04-24 00:00

THERE’S a new kind of romantic comedy in the cinema this weekend — I Love You Man, a bro-mance starring Paul Rudd (Role Models, Knocked Up) and Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall).

But while this might be a platonic relationship between two straight men, like any rom-com there are plenty of ups and downs before you get to the obligatory happy ending.

Directed by John Hamburg, whose previous credits include Along Came Polly, Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers and Zoolander, the film — which can be seen at CineCentre from today — comically explores what is at the core of male friendship and what it truly means to be a friend.

Briefly it tells the story of Peter Klaven (Rudd), a successful real estate agent who has just become engaged to the woman of his dreams, Zooey (Rashida Jones).

But while Zooey has plenty of girlfriends to share her news with, Peter has no male friend close enough to serve as his best man. To try and rectify this, he embarks on a series of bizarre and awkward “man-dates” to find a friend, most of which are disasters.

To take his mind off his problems, Peter concentrates on trying to sell a house that belongs to Lou Ferrigno and through it he meets Sydney Fife (Segel), a fun-loving, charismatic man, whom he instantly bonds with.

The problem is that the closer the two men get, the more Peter’s relationship with Zooey suffers, forcing him to choose between his fiancée and his newfound bro.

STILL ON CIRCUIT

CineCentre: 17 Again, Monsters vs Aliens, 12 Rounds, Hotel for Dogs, Fast and Furious 4, Dragonball: Evolution, Marley & Me.

SterKinekor: Monsters vs Aliens, 12 Rounds, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Friday the 13th, Watchmen, New in Town, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

NuMetro: Gran Torino, Tornado, Monsters vs Aliens, Seven Pounds, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

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