I love you, man

  • 2009-04-22
  • By Monika Hanley

BROMANCE: The blooming relationship between the two men is held back by the protagonist's fiancee.

Director: John Hamburg

If it was possible for a chick flick to be made for men, then this movie would be it. Instead of giving this budding male genre its own name that rhymes with "chick flick," let's just call it a bromance film.
Paul Rudd plays Peter Klaven, a struggling real-estate agent who recently proposed to his lovely girlfriend Zooey. The only problem that lies in their happily-ever-after wedding plans is that Peter doesn't have a best man. And, as he doesn't have any "guy friends" and is usually more of a "girlfriend" guy, he isn't likely to solve this problem anytime soon. His gay brother instructs him to go on a series of man-dates to see if he can't find a close friend.

After several homosexual encounters, Peter finally meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel), an investor, and they seem to hit it off and everyone gets excited.
But be careful what you wish for because soon Sydney takes over "Zooey time" and the two men start spending more and more time together. Sydney even borrows some money from Peter, which ends up nearly breaking up Peter and Zooey for good.

In the end it turns out that Sydney used the money to invest in a series of billboards advertising Peter's business, in a style that Peter sees as completely unprofessional.
Sydney and Peter then have a bro-breakup.

It turns out that the billboards end up getting Peter more business than he thought was possible. Zooey, who got over her guy having a bromance, calls Sydney from the wedding and begs him to come and be the best man. The funniest scene is when she calls, Sydney is already in his tux, moping around his house, and says "I could stop by…"

A classic Judd Apatow-type movie till the end, it explores deeper friendly relationships between grown men. Although why Peter didn't just choose his brother for a best man isn't really discussed, the fact that there was an observable process to the whole "how do guys make friends" theme made it a film that even sociologists could agree made some good points.

Though I wasn't a fan of director Hamburg's previous work, "Along Came Polly," I think that Larry Levin's co-writing of the screenplay helped give it an almost "Seinfeldian" dash of energy.
 A movie like this hasn't really been done to such a bromantic extent before, and it's worth a watch. 

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