Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
It’s an average cover with an average menu. I don’t really expect much more from a modern comedy romance movie. What can you do that’s creative or interesting? Not much really. They do feature Rush in the movie, so they could have used the band’s poster, but that’s not pushing the stars’ faces enough, so it’s fine as it is, blah, but fine.
- Deleted Scenes – There isn’t much to offer here, a few cut bits and pieces that wouldn’t have added anything to the final cut of the movie.
- Extended Scenes – Extended means a slight tossing of bloopers, which are also on the Gag Reel. They do a lot of takes of the same scene with funny alternatives and this is the leftovers.
- Gag Reel – Paul Rudd laughing, a lot, a lot. People giggling, forgetting lines, you know the drill, it’s a gag reel.
- The Making Of I Love You Man – This is a short feature that has the writer/director, cast, and crew talking about making the movie. Why the movie was made, how it started, how they got the cast together, etc.
- Commentary By Director John Hamburg, Paul Rudd & Jason Segal – If you want a lot more of the comedy these fellows bring to the party, this is a good commentary. It’s not for the film student looking for tips on making a feature film, unless you want to read between the lines and learn the art of relating to your star studded cast.
The Movie: 7/10
I laughed a lot at this movie. It’s one of those ho-hum comedies that has a split personality. I don’t think it’s a great movie by any means, but all that laughing makes me think there’s something to it. One personality facet is that it is about people my age dealing with things I identify with. That seems superficial, but it does work that way sometimes, to see similar issues you have dealt with in life on the big screen that draw you in, even if it’s in a fictional world, it still seems like a certain kind of truth.
The premise is awesome, I must say. A grown man trying to find a friend. It’s not something you see in movies. It’s a take on a love triangle that’s a bit unconventional and I appreciate that. How do we make friends as adults? How does a man find a new friend? It’s not something you think about, but it’s just like finding romance, not easy. Our leading man has to go through some odd moments in his quest to find a best man for his wedding. I like seeing a story that’s got an original twinge to it, it’s rare and adds to the good vibe of the movie. I will even pump up the overall score for the idea alone!
The other personality is the low brow comedy, masturbation jokes, man-date jokes, and stereotypical characters like best friends and married couples who have some rather extreme personality traits. These exaggerated things could be overwhelming and bring it all down, but the people are what saves it. Paul Ruud and Jolinsky are really watchable for me. I like their humor, how they play off each other, it works for me. It’s not a fluffy, strange dialogue, forced chemistry kind of relationship like a lot of Hollywood romances seem to be these days.
I’m not a big fan of Jason Segel, even though I liked him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I think that was enough for me. His type of humor is a bit bullish when it’s done too much. I get it, he’s an every mans’ man, the common dude, Mr. Average, but after that’s established he loses his funniness for me. There are moments for sure between he and Rudd that are hysterical, but on his own he doesn’t do it for me in the comedy department.
Overall I really had a great time watching this movie. It’s got a lot of laughs for folks my age 🙂 It’s pretty honest in the right places and not too fabricated, even though some of the group scenes got a bit overly contrived and too “friendsish” if you know what I mean. Other than that it’s a good bit of fun to indulge in on a movie night at home.
Audio & Video: 8/10
I Love You Man is presented in 1.85:1 wide screen which fills the whole frame of your 16.9 display. The AVC transfer looks close to incredible if not a little contrasty. Paramount have been pumping out some great transfers recently and this one is no exception. These are not any challenging visuals as everything is well lit from the outset but it does look damn good regardless.
As always with a comedy of this type the Dolby TrueHD soundtrack is mostly front loaded. Dialog is crisp and clear though there isn’t a moment when you are struggling to hear what is going on. The only moments I noticed the surrounds and bass kick in was the scene at the rush concert which really envelopes you in sound. The scene is brief but the sound field is believable Rush fans will love it.
I think this is one of those movies that should hit the shelf at about 10 bucks for any medium and leave it at that. It’s not one I need in my collection, so renting is my best option. If you want to entice me to buy it, make it cheap cheap cheap. The extras are ok, nothing too special, very standard for this kind of movie. So, it’s well worth a couple bucks to laugh for a while, just not worth the full price to sit on your shelf for all eternity.
Overall Score 7/10