“I Love You, Man” (2009)

This movie has the look and feel of a romantic comedy, although the film’s focus isn’t on the relationship between a man and his fiancé, but rather him and his new best friend. It’s a unique concept, exploring a bromance under a rom-com lens, and it provides a refreshing twist on a rather trite and formulaic genre. And it certainly doesn’t hurt that Paul Rudd and Jason Segal have good chemistry. And while the writing isn’t as fresh as it could’ve been, this is a decently made film. There are a lot of funny moments, and these characters don’t feel like archetypes. Still, because this film is essentially applying rom-com tropes to a male friendship, this does mean the film doesn’t deviate far from the typical formula (the film’s third act is unfortunately very predictable). If the film had been more willing to take risks with its premise, or maybe if it had just gone through one more solid rewrite, this could’ve been something truly fantastic. But as is, this is a good, funny comedy that is worthy of your time.

Rating: 3.5/5

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