I Love You, Man John Hamburg

I Love You, Man John Hamburg
Because Bromance: A Story of Man Love would've been too much? "Too much" seldom figures into I Love You, Man's vocabulary. Paul Rudd is Peter Klaven, a semi-successful real estate agent faced with the embarrassing fact that he's spent so much time in relationships that he's never nurtured a real friendship with a man. With nobody to call when he gets engaged to his dream girl except his parents, and no prospects for a Best man, Peter embarks on a manhunt. BFF options are slim in his direct circle of acquaintances. Around work, the only guy he talks to, Tevin Downey, is a sleazy fake'n'bake business douche who gets his chuckles sharing geriatric porn clips. Peter's fiancée's friend's husband (played by John Favreau) is a grumpy, bitter asshole of a man's man who hates Peter's guts even before he projectile vomits in his face at a poker game. Poor Peter fares no better when a misinterpreted man-date set up by his mother ends in Thomas Lennon's smoky tongue down his throat. Prospects are looking grim when Peter holds an open house to sell a well-muscled and fictionally anger-prone celebrity's posh pad. He meets Jason Segel's easygoing, strait shooting dude's dude, Sydney Fife, and the real bromance begins. Paul Rudd absolutely owns the awkward award in this film, and director John Hamburg relishes it. Where a typical comedy would cut away after the lead utters nonsensical inanities, I Love You, Man lingers, allowing the supporting cast, and Paul himself, to question just what the flying fuck he actually said and why. It's so uncomfortably cringe-inducing but refreshingly hilarious at the same time. Deleted scenes, extended scenes, extra scenes, a gag reel, a "Making Of"; the gobs of extras include some great moments, like J.K. Simmons raising the roof as Peter's dad at a gay bowling league. There's a quality commentary track with Hamburg, Rudd and Segel, where they reveal the inclusion of a disturbing Easter egg of Tevin Downey's favorite grandmother in action. Too much? Apparently not when it's in the name of bromance. (Paramount)