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I Love You, Man
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Directed By
John Hamburg

Written By:
John Hamburg, Larry Levin

Cast:
Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Jaime Pressly, J.K. Simmons, Jon Favreau, Andy Samberg, Carla Gallo, Thomas Lennon, Aziz Ansari, Lou Ferrigno, Joe Lo Truglio, Jane Curtin, Mather Zickel, Brandon Molale, Liz Cackowski, Ian Roberts, Rob Huebel, Vitaliy Versace, Daniel Bateman, Dian Van Patten, Kelly Nienaltowski, Jill Bartlett, Vitta Quinn, Chris Spinelli, Kulap Vilaysack, Jordan Feldman, Nelson Franklin, Zachary Chitwood, James P. Engel, Heather Black, Pete Brown, Bill Jacobson, Cameron Lee, Christopher Maleki, Jobeth Wagner, Skoti Collins, Yvetta Young, Adam Knapp, Jean Villepique, Catherine Reitman, Renee Darmiento, Nick Kroll, Melissa Rauch, Sarah Burns, Danny Salomon, Aaron D. Spears, Colleen Crabtree, Lydia Schuler, Keri Safran, Sonia Laszlo, Greg Tuculescu, Ethan S. Smith, Marquessa Moreland, Brad Everett Young, Brian Sampson, Priscilla Rios, Caroline Farah, Danny Salomon, Greg Levine, Scott Carino, Joey Magnusson, Raquel Bell, Angus McLellan, Jon Baggio

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I Love You, Man (2009)
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Movie Review by Zara
March 22nd, 2009

The main characters from Judd Apatow's rotating cast of characters (Paul Rudd, Jason Segel in this case and to a lesser degree Rashida Jones who was a part of Apatow's "Freaks and Geeks") show up in this film. Except there's a big difference between director John Hamburg's sense of humour and Apatow's. While both are able to take naturally uncomfortable moments in life and turn them into the comedy gold that people can relate to on a spinal level (as in you literally feel the character's discomfort in the base of your own spine when watching it), Hamburg doesn't sink to the askew graphic nature that Apatow does to further push your buttons.

What makes I LOVE YOU, MAN so delightful is that it has a feeling to it of being an innately adult sense of humour... if you're the type of adult who lets their inner child run amok. This is immature humour that still isn't potty humour. Well, it's still the kind of potty humour that kids aren't going to understand. It's the kind of humour that comes out of having put years into your life bank. You only get it once you've put in the time.

I'm not sure how much sense this is making, but I was happy to watch a movie where I found the funny in listening to Rush music and singing the lyrics while in a packed theater where the pre-teens and teens in the audience didn't get it. I liked that I laughed because it was simple and it was funny, but it excluded the youth of the audience, making the humour something of an insider's joke.

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The Alpha Craig
Jun 23, 2009 3:28 PM
 
Great movie. Three words "slappin da bass!"
Zara
Jun 23, 2009 10:19 PM
 
"Anybody want a peanut?" - coming out of the mouth of our kid. Ha.



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