Paul Rudd is fast becoming one of my favourite actors.
Films such as Role Models, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Anchorman and even old skool classic Clueless have seen him cement the kind of reputation that I will base seeing a film on.
His run of great films continues with ‘I Love You, Man’ – the most accurate description of which was the term ‘Bromance’ that was coined by someone when the movie hit screens earlier this year.
This film is essentially a love story. Man looks for companion, takes them on dates until he finds one then gets to know them better. Except both characters are men
Peter Klaven (Rudd) gets engaged to his girlfriend and then realises he doesn’t have a male friend who can be his best man.
He sets about trying to find a friend he can ask before he gets married and after some memorable encounters ends up befriending Sydney Fyfe (Jason Segel).
The film plays out around their new found friendship but is treated like a love story of sorts, which just adds to the comedy value.
I won’t spoil anything here but as you can imagine there are plenty of laughs in the various situations they end up in and the way that their relationship takes off.
The two leading men have such a great chemistry that you can’t help but love them despite their faults.
I Love You, Man is a great film that plays on our pre-conceived notions of rom-com movies and flips them 180 degrees.
I’d heard Role Models was a great film and having seen the trailer I definitely wanted to see it but never found the time to get to the cinema to check it out.
So I finally got round to seeing it on DVD and what a treat it was!
Two energy drink salesmen, Danny (the ever awesome Paul Rudd) and Wheeler (Seann William Scott), end up having to do community service after Danny crashes their work truck during a minor breakdown – triggered by his girlfriend Beth (Elizabeth Banks) leaving him.
Rather than going to jail Danny and Wheeler take community service and end up at a programme called Sturdy Wings where they will take on the role of big brothers to the children there, who all seem to have social problems.
Wheeler ends up with Ronnie (Bobb’e J. Thompson) a little 10 year old kid who is a foul mouthed know-it-all and Danny lands Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse, better known to the world as McLovin), a nerdy teen who is into live role playing games.
Role Models is a crude and very rude film – don’t watch this if you’re easily shocked – but it’s not done just for the sake of it. The characters are surprisingly well rounded for this type of comedy and the chemistry between not only the four leads but between Rudd and Banks really does its job.
I haven’t laughed this much at a film since Superbad and there are too many moments to go into detail.
As the relationships grow between the older characters and the younger ones the film moves towards it’s inevitable conclusion. I saw it coming a mile off but what I didn’t realise was just how funny it would be.
As much as I enjoyed the ending, having watched the extended one on the DVD extras I kinda wish they had gone with that one as it sort of closed everything off a bit better.
Overall if you’re not easily offended and liked films such as Superbad and American Pie then you really need to see this film.