Friday, April 3, 2009

Movie Review: I Love You, Man

I watched this film on the Internet this evening. The version I saw was filmed with a camcorder and subsequently uploaded onto a website for everyone to enjoy. This film, like many films, does necessarily call f0r a cinematic viewing. The theater, in my opinion, is often something reserved for action, suspense and big budget spectaculars*. With that being said, I don't think I lost anything with my blurry, slightly out of frame experience.

The film has its moments. Most of them involve Jason Seigel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Freaks and Geeks), playing an energetic, wise, and colorful character who forms a friendship with an awkward real estate agent, played by Paul Rudd (Knocked Up, Role Models).

Rashida Jones (most known for her portrayal as Jim's interim girlfriend Karen on The Office) and Paul Rudd don't make for a very endearing set of main characters, although I do really like both of them when they appear in supporting roles. The first fifteen minutes of the film, before Seigel's character is introduced, proves to be formulaic and a consciously crude effort to get the ball rolling. Conflict arises throughout the film in a fairly contrived fashion, but without conflict this movie would just be two guys eating fish tacos and listening to Rush (which actually doesn't sound too bad).

If you think you might want to see it, I would recommend waiting for Netflix or the Red Box to carry it in a few months. It tells a pretty decent love story/friendship but just doesn't seem worth the effort to see it in the theater. This is the first film that I know of that is being advertised as a "bromance" (or emotionally driven straight male friendship).

*i.e. Slumdog Millionaire was one to see in theaters, while The Wrestler was one that didn't need to be larger than life in order for the audience to achieve the maximum effect. Both are four star films.

This is a trailer for Bruno, the new film created by and starring Sasha Baron Cohen (Borat). Most of the people in the film don't know that the main character is an actor, which is also how Borat was produced.

Speak easy,

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