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I Love You, Man - Blu-ray DVD / comedy DVD / romance DVD / bromance DVD review
I LOVE YOU, MAN Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 3 stars
Featuring: Paul Rudd, Jason Segel, Rashida Jones, Jon Favreau, Jamie Pressley, Lou Ferrigno
Director: John Hamburg Distributor: Dreamworks Video
DVD release: 11 August 2009 Runtime: 105 min.
(1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p High Definition, Aspect ratio 1.85:1, Audio tracks (Dolby TrueHD 5.1 Surround - English; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - French, Spanish), Subtitles (English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portugese), The Making of I Love You, Man (HD), Outtakes (HD), Extended scenes (HD), Deleted scenes (HD), Gag reel (HD), Commentary (dir. John Hamburg, Paul Rudd, Jason Segel), Red Band Trailer (HD)

Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) has just gotten engaged to Zooey (Rashida Jones), and it's become painfully evident to him that he has no real male friends. Zooey has a bunch of friends that she shares everything with, but Peter doesn't have any guy friends that he can share the news of his engagement with, let alone have in his wedding party. There's that other realtor at work, but he's not that kind of a friend. There are the guys at his fencing club, but they've never done anything together outside of the club. To fill what feels like a big gap in his life, he calls on friends and relatives to help him try to establish some male camaraderie.

He starts by trying to hang out with the husbands of Zooey's friends. His mother and brother try to set him up on man-dates. None of these outings work in bringing Peter any male friends. One day when Peter is holding an open house (he's selling Lou Ferrigno's house), he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel), who displays an amazing insight into human nature. When his predictions about a couple who may be interested in buying the house come true, the two exchange business cards and eventually hit it off.

I Love You, Man is not a bad little comedy. There's plenty of misunderstanding on Peter's man-dates, and the supporting cast is excellent. Peter's parents are played by J.K. Simmons and Jane Curtin; his brother is played by Andy Samberg. Jamie Pressly and Sarah Burns play Zooey's friends, and of course, Lou Ferrigno plays himself. The little bits of conflict that started making me uncomfortable at the end of the second act quickly dissipated, saving the film from turning into an ugly, uncomfortable horror. The music of Rush plays prominently in Peter and Sydney's friendship, and the legendary Canadian trio actually make an appearance.

While I can't recommend I Love You, Man wholeheartedly, it's a pretty good movie and I'll probably see it again. The Blu-ray features excellent picture and sound, deleted scenes, gag reel and more, with all bonus features in HD. The Red Band trailer is the only extra exclusive to Blu-ray, however.
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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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