DVD REVIEW: I Love You Man (2009)

It’s the end of the Week of Rockin’ Movies.  All week we discussed movies with significant rock n’ roll connections.  If you missed anything, click below!  Thanks for hanging out.

MONDAY:  House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
TUESDAY: The Devil’s Rejects (2005)
WEDNESDAY: 2010: The Year We Make Contact (1984)
THURSDAY: Record Store Tales Part 284: The Impact of Movies
FRIDAY: Get Him to the Greek (2010)

I LOVE YOU MAN (2009 Paramount)

Directed by John Hamburg

I don’t know why it has taken me so long to review this rocking comedy. This and Fanboys arrived at roughly the same time, both movies featuring a character who loves the Holy Trinity known to Canadians as Rush. However only I Love You Man was able to score appearances from Geddy, Alex and Neil.

If you’re not a fan of the Apatow factory players – guys like Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Joe Lo Truglio, Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, etc – then even the appearance of the Mighty Rush is unlikely to sway you to I Love You Man. You know what kind of humour you’re in for: dick and fart jokes, and plenty of them. If that’s not your kind of humour, that’s cool, man!

I happen to love fart jokes.

I Love You Man has some great fart jokes. But it also has heart, which is why I’m still into it five years later. Peter Klaven (Rudd) is newly engaged to his lovely girlfriend Zooey (Rashida Jones), but there’s one major issue: He doesn’t have any real guy friends. Zooey has plenty of bridesmaids, but Peter can’t think of anyone for the crucial role of best man. Klaven embarks upon a series of “man-dates” to get to know some guys better. These range from funny (Joe Lo Truglio’s gratingly high-voiced Lonnie) to disastrous (a vomit-filled poker game with Jon Favreau).

Klaven has a second problem. As a real estate agent, he’s landed a great client, but also a tough house to sell: Lou Ferrigno’s place. While Peter laments that it’s hard to sell a house with a giant-size Hulk statue on the lawn, it is at an open house that he meets Jason Segel’s Sydney Fife. Hitting it off, the guys exchange cards and agree to get some drinks later.

The critics really praised the on screen chemistry between Rudd and Segal, and it’s hard not to get drawn into their story. Especially when they realize they have a mutual affinity for Rush. This leads to the now-famous “Slappin’ Da Bass” scene, a phrase that Geddy may hear at just about every concert he plays, for all eternity.

The weakness with the movie (and many similar films) is the lack of strong female characters. Zooey is relegated to the character that is slowly pushed aside by Sydney. It’s not intentional of course, but a few missteps that Sydney makes end up upsetting Zooey, and eventually Peter, enough to jeopardize the best man slot at the wedding.

Can Peter, Sydney and Zooey reconcile in time for the wedding? Will Peter ever sell Lou Ferigno’s house? Will Rush be played at the wedding?

Of course you know what will happen, but this being a review, I’m obligated to stay away from spoilers.

I thought the cast was great, the story hilarious (if not the most original idea), and even the supporting cast were all standouts. J.K. Simmons as “the dad” and Andy Samberg as “the gay brother” were notable, even in their small roles. As a child of the 70’s, Lou Ferrigno was icing on the cake for me. The guy obviously has a good sense of humour, and the movie would not have been the same without him. Ferrigno rules.

I Love You Man has earned a permanent place in my movie collection, and not just for the Rush references!

4/5 stars

Paul Rudd as Peter Klaven
Jason Segel as Sydney Fife
Rashida Jones as Zooey Rice
Andy Samberg as Robbie Klaven
J. K. Simmons as Oswald Klaven
Jane Curtin as Joyce Klaven
Jaime Pressly as Denise McLean
Jon Favreau as Barry McLean
Lou Ferrigno as Himself
Rush as themselves

20 comments

  1. well reviewed, fun film!
    You’re right about Geddy & slappin’ da bass, probably like Alice Cooper & “we’re not worthy”
    JK Simmons is right up there on my list of favourite supporting actors. Have you seen Samberg’s Cop show? It takes an episode or two, but it’s quite funny as well!

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    1. I have never heard of that show actually! Simmons seems to hook up with Sam Raimi and the Coens, he must be in their circle of friends. (Raimi and the Coens are all old friend and have worked on each others’ films.)

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    1. Thanks man I appreciate it! Next up I could have a couple two-part series in the works. Look for one this week. A pretty major rock release deserving of two parts!

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  2. Man, this movie was a real find. I used to keep up with new releases and such but not any more. So when the hubs put this one in to watch it really was a great surprise. Big smile on my face!! Rush is my Holy Trinity (my mom better not be reading this, lol)

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      1. I get that, definitely. I am not religious, but grew up in that environment. My Mom is very religious, and is sensitive to swearing and anything construed as God as the brunt of jokes. I just don’t discuss religion with her and we get along fantastically (I would still take her to church if she asked me, too. I’m no hardass).

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        1. I’ll tell you something I did, and I feel bad about it now. I tried to make my grandma watch Dogma with me. I don’t know what I was thinking. She would have been beyond offended.

          My wife on the other hand is very Christian, she considers herself born again, and she loves Dogma. She also enjoys the Simpsons and other shows that I have been told are sinful. Sheesh!

          Sheesh. Sin.

          It’s like in the other thread, on the Get Him to the Greek review — When I posted the video of Russell Brand with the idiots from Westboro Baptist. “I think God is more concerned with the economic collapse and people starving and dying…than the bumming.”

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        2. Right! My mom has loosened up as she has gotten older. She is also a born again Christian. Although I do think Dogma would offend her. She has just gotten to the point that I can say OMG in front of her without her freaking out. Baby steps!

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        3. Yeah exactly. I think my family has loosened up a lot since I went to University and became a know-it-all. I recall my first year Anthropology prof had a real impact on me. He was so cool looking, has was this shirt skinny guy who always wore a suit, but had glasses, beard, and ponytail. Nobody else looked like him at our school, nobody wore suits except the old timers.

          Wish I could remember that fellow’s name. Damn.

          Anyway he did a whole lecture on the battle between science & church and boy did I love to lecture my family after school!

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        4. Haha, my first year anthro prof was a d bag. But, the coolest guy was my religion prof. He was a Catholic priest who had a pony tail and whore Jesus sandals. We learned the Torah. Coolest prof ever!

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        5. Yeah that’s what I like. Somebody with a wider view of the world, perhaps.

          Ultimately all I ever ask is people respect my beliefs because I think everybody’s entitled to them.

          I will admit to having poked fun at two religions in the past (one of which is more of a cult) but I did so only at specific points of them, backed up by science.

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        6. I agree, Mike. We can poke fun but also be respectful. Often, though, you get people who believe so strongly they can’t see beyond their own opinion. They are AFFECTED by their own opinion. That is sad.

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  3. “…he floated dow a river on a raft with a black guy de de de de de doo dee do dee…

    Kyle- Those arent the right words fatass.

    Geddy Lee jr.- I’m Geddy Lee and I can sing whatever lyrics I want”.

    Of course this a funny movie, but I almost, Paul Rudd makes me cringe. Yikes. The whole movie makes me cringe. I’ve been on a few man dates in the past, never very much fun.

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    1. Ahh Craig, I have too. Mine turned out better though. I have a new Transformers buddy in town! We’re going to see the trailer park boys movie this weekend. How’s that for a man-date?

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