Mar 22, 2009

I Love This Movie, Man




The Premise:

Realtor, Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd, star of David Wain’s quirky Role Models) proposes to his girlfriend, Zooey (Rashida Jones, AKA Karen Filippelli from NBC’s The Office) but finds himself somewhat mocked by everyone for not having a set best man. Truth be known, Peter’s probably the most socially awkward guy to ever meet as another guy, having grown up specifically focused on befriending girls. A series of haphazard “man-dates” occur in this “bro-mance” comedy until Peter meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel, star of Judd Apatow’s hilarious Forgetting Sarah Marshall) at an open house for Lou Ferrigno’s multi-million dollar estate.



The Standouts:

The character development in this movie should be the bar set for all movies. Intellectually hilarious, this movie is bizarre yet down to earth enough for everyone to find enjoyable. Paul Rudd’s character in this film is vastly different from his lead in Role Models, yet shows his diversity by being able to nail the part just as hard. Zooey, being the fiancé, and somewhat sidekick to the real couple in the story, begins to show signs of dismay toward the two lovable stars, but never enough that she’s truly defined as the “bad guy” in the film. This strikes me as amazing because there was enough foundation of character depth that there was probably very little Zooey could have done to make me really hate her. Characters right down to essential nobodies like Doug Evans (Thomas Lennon AKA Reno 911’s Jim Dangle) Peter’s brother Robby Klaven (Saturday Night Live’s Andy Samberg) show great strides in character for those who know what it looks like.


The only, very minor complaint I have, which I didn’t even notice until it was pointed out to me, was that it had a lot of product placement. But Auguste Rodin’s “The Thinker” sculpture could have a chipped toenail and still be a masterpiece in most people’s eyes. Director and writer, John Hamburg definitely topped his last “success”, Along Came Polly with this 09 release.





My Highlight:

Rush. Duh. Freaking RUSH! The most epic classic rock band only had a few moments on screen playing themselves in a concert, but Peter Klaven and Sydney Fife worship the ground they walk on through much of their time together. And in closing with that, Peter slappin’ da bass.



Overall Rating:

4.5*’s out of 5, or 9/10. It’s hard to give any movie a full ten, but this one was really, really close to it. Never again will anyone who watches this movie have to feel bad about spending time with the fellas.



When You Should See It:

Yesterday. It’s fantastic. If you’re a single girl, frankly, wait till it comes out to DVD/Blu-Ray to rent, or flat-out buy for a guy you’re interested. But if you’re a girl wanting to play to your man’s interests without having to endure bloodshed on the big screen, this is the flick to pick.

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