I Love You, Man (Rated R)
Gavin Grade: A
Hey guys, remember the first time you saw the movie "Swingers?" If you were anything like me, that movie struck a chord in you the first time you saw it. There was a character you identified with and a character you wanted to be like. This movie is like "Swingers" but for adults. Paul Rudd, who has been playing the EXACT same role in the movies for the past 3 years (thank God he's great at it), is a guy about to get married and realizes that he doesn't have any male friends. After searching for a best friend and giving up, he then finds Jason Segal, who is a fun-loving, easy-going, totally honest slacker. Now it might just be that this movie is not as good as I thought it was, even though the theater erupted into laughter and applause several times. It could be that I just happened to have seen this at the perfect time of my life. See, just like Paul Rudd's character, I too feel like I don't have any real male friends since moving to Sacramento from the east coast. So watching this character not only made me laugh but it also kind of touched me and let me know that I'm not as alone as I thought I was. I don't know, maybe I'm totally alone in this but I thought the movie had a powerful message about the bonds of male friendship as well as being one of the funniest movies I've seen this year. I think one reason it was so funny was that it's something that men and women can enjoy together, which seems to be a rare situation in the onslaught of Judd Apatow movies in the past few years. Don't get me wrong, this movie is still edgy, but it doesn't revel in the "d*ck & fart" joke arena more than it has too. It also managed to pull together one of the best comedy ensemble casts in years; ie: John Favreau, Rashida Jones, Jamie Pressley, J.K. Simmons, Andy Samburg, half the cast of The State and Lou Ferrigno as himself. I would highly suggest you checking out this movie this weekend on a date...or better yet, bring your best bud and heat up the flames of your bromance!