Some of our SpoilerFreeReviews contributors are younger than others – and because of that, there’s a long list of movies that they haven’t seen. This is a SpoilerFreeReviews Catch-Up edition.
There’s a moment in I LOVE YOU, MAN, around the halfway point, where the movie could have gone in a completely different direction. Jason Segel’s character, Sydney, is a bit of a mystery from the beginning – his lifestyle, job, and personality are all slightly odd (which is intentional)…but the movie could have gone full-on PARASITE. It doesn’t and sticks to its “bromance” formula, but that would’ve been an interesting movie. And I think Jason Segel could play an excellent villain; this role feels close.
Aside from that turning point, I LOVE YOU, MAN isn’t incredibly memorable, except for its absolutely stacked cast. Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, J.K. Simmons, and Jason Segel are all in big roles, with Aziz Ansari, Nick Kroll, Joe Lo Truglio, and Jon Favreau playing supporting characters. It’s a funny movie and feels less dated than some of its contemporary comedies. I think this movie may also be the origin of the phrase “Totes McGotes.” I genuinely loved how many jokes were just Paul Rudd’s character making up words and phrases.
I was mostly motivated to watch this movie from a clip I saw on Facebook Watch (one of the worst ways to watch videos on the internet). Something about the shady-ish character Jason Segel was playing and the classic puppy-dog Paul Rudd seemed appealing. If you’re looking for a late 2009 comedy to watch, you could do worse than I LOVE YOU, MAN – at almost fifteen years old, I feel like it’s stood the test of time.
I LOVE YOU, MAN, is available to rent or buy on all major platforms.