I Love You, Man: Bromance at Its Best

Stars keep formulaic satire on male friendship fresh
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2009 10:23 AM CDT

(Newser) I Love You Man's tale of a guy searching for a best friend rolls out every buddy movie cliché from the Odd Couple onward but stays likable, thanks to its stars, say critics.

  • Rossiter Drake, San Francisco Examiner: Paul Rudd and Jason Segel "take what might have been a slick, formulaic exercise and turn it into the year's funniest film to date with their unselfconscious physical humor and goofy repartee."

  • Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: It's "funny with some dumb physical humor, yes, and some gross-out jokes apparently necessary to all buddy movies, but also funny in observations, dialogue, physical behavior and (character) Sydney Fife's observations as a people-watcher.
  • Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews: "This is a buddy movie that women can enjoy—a surprisingly sweet take on male friendship that still has its testosterone intact."