This reviewer is amazed at how much criticism has been given towards "I LOVE YOU, MAN" for crudeness. Sure, there is some crude language and a couple of references to acts, fellatio, masturbation, etc., that arguably weren't necessary to move the plot forward, but "I LOVE YOU, MAN" isn't ever crude in the way the remake of "HEARTBREAK KID" was, and there's such a genuine heart to the film, akin to the director's script for the original "MEET THE PARENTS," that focusing on the "R" rated elements, means the viewer just doesn't appreciate how many great things there are about "I LOVE YOU, MAN" separating it from the majority of comedies released in the past ten years.
Paul Rudd plays Peter Klaven, a mild-mannered realtor leading a relatively successful, quiet life and he's just proposed to his girlfriend, Zooey. Unfortunately, while tending to his fiance's friends' drinks at her engagement party, he overhears Zooey and her girlfriends raise concerns about his lack of guy friends, fearing the bridesmaids won't have anyone to accompany them at the wedding. Peter decides to go about finding and making a best friend. His quest to find and realize a friendship is what the thrust of the film is about and it's a transcendent quest, sure to entertain and move both female and male viewers. So, as funny its observations are concerning dating, sex, and other things making up life, can be, "I LOVE YOU, MAN" is also sweet and poignant. Jason Segel, the writer/star of "FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL" plays Sydney Fife, the quirky, mysterious, adventurous guy, Peter thinks he might have found a new best friend in. Andy Samberg, although sorrowfully underused, is also hilarious in his small role as Peter's gay, younger brother.
Some jokes fall semi-flat, but most of the film is side-splittingly funny, and a running sub-plot revolving around the attempted listing/sale of Lou Ferigno's estate actually works wonders in making certain aspects of the film fall together in a breezy, outlandish way, that will have viewers smiling long after the film's over. Don't miss this!
DREAMWORKS has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for the dvd(16:9 enhanced) and 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. The image on both formats offers solid, vibrant colors. However, the blacks are notably deeper on the blu-ray, offering superior detail in darker scenes. Minimal grain pops up occasionally on dvd and none on the blu-ray. The image is slick on both formats, with incredible depth that never falls flat on blu-ray.
DREAMWORKS offers a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for dvd and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix for blu-ray. The mix is decidedly front focused, as with most comedies. Surrounds are generally restrained, save for ambient effects kicking in occasionally. However, music kicks all speakers into high gear, and the lossy mix definitely offers better fidelity for these moments. A running sub-plot revolves around the men's fixation with the '80s rock group, "Rush," and their music has never sounded better than it does here. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion. While both formats provide fine dynamic range, the TrueHD mix is preferred whenever a scene utilizing full ambience, occurs.
Plenty of extras are provided. A fun commentary with the film's
director and two male leads is really worth listening to. Also, there are plenty
of extra, extended and deleted scenes, all of which are in HD on the blu-ray.
While some are hit or miss, some are really funny. A gag reel, longer than most,
is also provided. The featurette, with behind-the-scenes footage, is kind