I Love You, Manby Zoe Henry / 07.05.2009
It seems that Hollywood has finally found the balls to make films about a subject that we all know about but hardly ever mention: Bromance. This is the pure and charming love that takes place between two heterosexual men. Director Judd Apatow started the trend back in 2005 with The 40 Year Old Virgin – a story about a group of guys that just wanna get their virginal buddy laid. He kept the ball rolling with Knocked Up in 2007, and now John Hamburg is taking over the reigns with a couple of Apatow’s old colleagues; Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.
Peter is very possibly the world’s most awkward man – especially around men. All his life he’s been one of those dudes who’s only been able to relate to women, which now makes him thirty-something in a fantastic relationship with an awesome woman, but he has no male friends. He’s just popped the question to his live-in girlfriend, Zooey and she’s hosting a ‘ladies night’ at their place. He comes by to surprise her and her buddies with root beer floats (he’s really that sweet) and accidentally overhears the ladies warning Zooey about the potential clinginess of a man who has no male friends. So Peter dedicates all his free time to finding someone to shoot pool, drink beer, and play air guitar with. After a number of failed “man dates”, he meets Sydney.
Paul Rudd’s performance of the cringingly awkward Peter is so fantastically comical and realistic that it’s difficult to believe Rudd isn’t really like that. There were times I had to cover my face to deal with his squirm inducing behaviour, but even then I was guffawing into my hand. Jason Segel as Sydney is “Dude-esque”. His business card says “investor”, but you never even see him in a suit, let alone an office. He’s converted his garage into what he calls “The Man Cave” where there’s a variety of instruments he and other guys can jam on, as well as a “jerk-off station” which is decorated with various lubes, lotions, and prophylactics (to reduce clean up time).
What’s awesome about this film is the realness of it. Men do have a bond with one another that women will never understand, and vice versa. I Love You, Man acknowledges the differences between the sexes without turning them into a battle. There’s an overabundance of films celebrating sisterly love, now there’s something for the bros. And women can appreciate this film too because it explains and makes light of so many dude things that chicks just don’t get. Get ready for a new genre: The Bromantic Comedy.