he “marvelous thing” about John Hamburg's new comedy, I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, said Stephanie Zacharek in Salon, is that it “recognizes and even exalts in the reality that close male friendships can be a source of confusion and awkwardness.” And Rudd “gives the finest performance of his career, breaking his comic beats down into weird and wonderful fractional increments.” (Watch the trailer)
I Love You, Man should be commended for having the guts to explore the kinds of things “most guys don't exactly feel comfortable discussing,” said Associated Press writer Christy Lemire in MSNBC.com. But it’s “disappointing to see the film repeatedly cater to the lowest common denominator with vomit and flatulence jokes.”
There really isn’t much to like about I Love You, Man, said Armond White in the New York Press. “From its snarky title on down, everything about” this movie “ignores the complexities of male identity.” And even the “bigger issue of friendship” is “completely misunderstood.”
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