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84






Studio and Year: Paramount - 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 104 Minutes
Genre: Comedy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese
Starring: Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones, Jason Segel, Jaime Pressley, Jon Favreau, Jane Curtain, J.K. Simmons, Andy Sandberg
Directed by: John Hamburg
Music by: Theodore Shapiro
Written by: John Hamburg & Larry Levin
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: August 11, 2009







"Are you man enough to say it?"



Film Synopsis:

In this wildly funny hit comedy, Paul Rudd (KNOCKED UP) gets engaged to the girl of his dreams but has not a single guy friend to be his Best Man until he meets the ultimate dude, Jason Segal (FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL). Rudd and Segal’s “bro-mance” takes male-bonding to hilarious new heights that keep you laughing until the unforgettable last frame.




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After proposing to his girlfriend, Zooey Rice (Rashida Jones), Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd), a successful young L.A. real estate agent, realizes that, unlike his fiancée, who immediately calls her closest friends to share the news, he has no close buds – in fact, he has no male friends at all. After years of being a “girlfriend guy” focused on romantic relationships, Peter learns that his lack of male friendship worries Zooey, so he embarks on a hurried quest to make a male friend who can serve as Best Man at his wedding. Under the guidance of his brother, Robbie (Andy Samberg), a personal trainer who is gay and seems to know a thing or two about guys, Peter embarks on a series of disastrous “mandates” and, quite by accident, crosses paths with Sydney Fife (Jason Segel), a charismatic bachelor who cruises open-houses for free food and lonely divorcées. Peter is intrigued with Sydney, and the two men embark on a friendship that teaches Peter something he’s never experienced, the true meaning of male bonding, but also threatens his relationship with Zooey, forcing him to make some difficult choices.

I saw the trailer for this movie several times and thought it looked okay but not especially promising. To me it looked like another Apatow style comedy that would go for superficial laughs via shock style comedy. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Its eclectic script features clever writing that contains a good balance of charm, romance and well crafted humor that can be explicit at times but rarely rises to the level of feeling over the top. This is easily the best performance that I have seen from Paul Rudd. He astutely portrays this sort of goofy, innocent and affable guy who has little experience when it comes to making friends. He is the type who has only ever focused on one relationship at a time and that was usually who ever he was dating. When this is pointed out to him (through an overheard conversation) he realizes it and figures that making a new friend should be simple, right? Watching him as he encounters the various types that you meet while “trying” to make friends is a hoot. I have seen Jason Segel in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and the TV sitcom “How I met your mother”. I can’t say that I have a definitive opinion on him one way or the other but I liked him in this role. I thought that he and Rudd had excellent onscreen chemistry which made their characters/interaction all the more believable and fun to watch. Sydney is almost the exact opposite of Peter. His approach to life, friendship and women is something so radically different that Peter finds him almost beguiling. As their relationship grows it begins to have an adverse effect on Peter’s relationship with Zooey. Both men come to realize that friendship is a two way street that shouldn’t permeate all personal aspects.

Segel gives the hair down, frank talking, free wheeling Sydney a larger than life, and direct authenticity that feels genuine. Rashida Jones has an integral role but not a big part. She has some maturing to do as an actress but was fine as Zooey. The well chosen supporting cast members helped add to several of the film’s best moments. Jaime Pressley and Jon Favreau as married couple Denise and Barry were truly priceless but other notables include J.K. Simmons, Jane Curtain, Andy Sandberg and (yeah you read it right) Lou Ferrigno. Ultimately it was Rudd and Segel who combined to tie everything together in a film that never suffered from overtly ostentatious displays or banality but rather featured funny, interesting characters, intelligent direction and a well constructed story that was light hearted and lots of fun.




Parental Guide:

The rating is for pervasive language including crude and sexual references.






AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

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Audio: 80



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Video: 88


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I Love you man comes to Blu-ray Disc from Paramount featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 31 mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel audio that has an average bitrate of 3.5 mbps.

This is a high bitrate encode that looks solid throughout. Detail is exemplary as images look clean, sharp, three dimensional and lifelike. I never felt that video was lacking in terms of depth or the perception of visible detail within the parameters of the structure of objects seen onscreen. Colors were reproduced with balanced tonality and deeply saturated and eye catching primaries. Fleshtones appeared natural with complexional variation and subtle texture that varied among the differing skin types of the cast members. Blacks were a solid shade of deep black and exhibited excellent dynamic range. Images were pristinely rendered and appeared free of compression related artifacts.

The Dolby TrueHD soundtrack had no trouble rendering clear and well articulated dialogue. Sound effects had ample dynamic energy so that they sounded full bodied and aurally satisfying. This is not a film that requires heavy use of surround sound to deliver its message but it does rely on the entire soundstage for proper atmosphere from time to time. The mix excelled at creating the right sounds at the right levels and placing them appropriately in the sound field’s acoustic environment. Low frequency detail was used to good effect when called for and added solidity to the film’s music score.



Bonus Features:


  • Commentary by Director John Hamburg, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel

  • (HD) The making of I love you man – 17 minute featurette

  • (HD) Extras – 9 extended segments

  • (HD) 6 extended scenes – 3 deleted scenes

  • (HD) Gag reel – 11 minutes

  • (HD) Red band trailer
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Final Thoughts:

I love you man was a fun, cleverly scripted and well executed bro flick that I found to be a pleasant surprise. I wouldn’t say that it redefines the genre but its appeal is enhanced by solid cast performances and creative direction. Its debut on Blu-ray Disc from Paramount is accentuated by resplendent high definition video, estimable lossless sound, and an average but passable set of bonus supplements. If you enjoy this class of comedy I love you man is definitely worth checking out.









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Old 07-29-2009, 11:58 AM
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I'll prolly rent the movie thanks for the review.
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Thanks for the review Ralph! Please keep them coming. Many of us here really appreciate your work.
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I laughed like hell watching this film. It's a classic.

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Thanks for the review Ralph! Please keep them coming. Many of us here really appreciate your work.

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I saw this film in the theater and cannot wait to see it in my living room on Blu Ray! Great, funny movie...and the best part of the film....RUSH!!!!!
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Great comedy movie that most if not a lot of guys can relate to.

Definitely collecting this one.

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Definitely looking forward to this one! I missed it in the theaters, but I think it is worth a blind-buy.

For those that have seen it, how raunchy is the movie? I hope it doesn't have as much male nudity as Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Just wondering if this is one I can watch with the wife as she can't tolerate much filth.

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I know it doesn't have male nudity, and I don't think I has female nudity either if I remember from the theater.

Mostly just swearing, but an occasional raunchy joke/conversation. Its along the same line as Forgetting Sarah Marshall but with no nudity or sex.
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It was more than an average comedy movie,just get it.
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Definitely looking forward to this one! I missed it in the theaters, but I think it is worth a blind-buy.

For those that have seen it, how raunchy is the movie? I hope it doesn't have as much male nudity as Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Just wondering if this is one I can watch with the wife as she can't tolerate much filth.

I tried watching it twice with my wife and she complained and walked out of the room both times. It's mildly funny from a guy's point of view, but raunchy as well. Frankly, I don't know many people who talk like these guys do at their age. Maybe in their early 20s, but not in their 30s. The more I see movies like this, the more I'm starting to wonder if I lost my sense of humor the past few years. Maybe I've watched too many movies and I'm jaded

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Ralph... thanks for the well written review and kind comments about the sound..

We had a great time mixing it..... still laugh whenever I see Favreau.
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Ralph... thanks for the well written review and kind comments about the sound..

We had a great time mixing it..... still laugh whenever I see Favreau.

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My pleasure Marc. I agree about Favreau..


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Excellent review. I enjoyed it a lot in theaters and will probably pick it up on blu-ray.

Paul Rudd is hilarious..totally. Totes me gotes!
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Thanks for the great reviews. I plan on picking this up.

Looks like the release date is 8/11/09 instead of 8/4/09 as noted above. Wondered why I didn't see it at the store yet.

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Thanks for the review Ralph. I rented it on Saturday, cute little movie but definitely a rental not a BD purchase at least IMO.
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Great review. I rented the movie and watched it last night. I am going to head out today and purchase it. Great movie and a must add to my collection.

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Really enjoyed this one...found myself laughing quite a bit
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Greetings,

Thanks for sharing your thoughts guys. I am glad that you enjoyed this one as much as I did..


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Thanks for the review Ralph. I rented it on Saturday, cute little movie but definitely a rental not a BD purchase at least IMO.

I have to agree definitley a rental

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Real funny, one of the best comedies I've seen in awhile. Definitely a lot of guy humor, some barfing, and talk about oral sex (from both sexes). My wife loved it too, but she's that kind of girl. The ending was a little contrived, but quickly forgiven. Buy some beers and invite over your friends with an appreciation (or at least tolerance) for a little crude humor, and you will have a great time.
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