PLOT SUMMARY: An engaged man realizes he doesn’t have any male friends, and goes on a series of “man dates” to try to find a Best Man for his wedding.
UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Men use each other.
PEOPLE: The main 3 characters are Paul Rudd (Year One, Role Models, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Walk Hard:The Dewey Cox Story, Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Anchorman, Wet Hot American Summer, Clueless), Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up, Slackers, SLC Punk!, Can’t Hardly Wait), and Rashida Jones (Jim’s girlfriend when he worked outside of Scranton The Office, Boston Public).
Minor roles by Sarah Burns, Jaime Pressly (Horton Hears A Who!, Not Anther Teen Movie, Can’t Hardly Wait, My Name Is Earl), Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Daredevil, Swingers, Batman Forever, Four Christmases), Jane Curtin (Saturday Night Live, Dr. Mary Albright from 3rd Rock From The Sun, Coneheads), J.K. Simmons (Jennifer’s Body, Juno, J. Jonah Jameson in the Spider-Man movies, The Ladykillers), Andy Samberg (Saturday Night Live), Thomas Lennon (The State, Ned Gold in 17 Again, Hancock, Memento), and Joe Lo Truglio (The State, Role Models, Pineapple Express, Fanboys, Superbad, Wet Hot American Summer).
QUIRKS: Social awkwardness. This is a bromantic comedy.
Also: The cleverest fart joke in cinematic history. I had to rewind because Carolyn wouldn’t stop laughing.
I did not catch the fact that the impatient golfer is the exact same person and outfit from the “Ass Pennies” skit in Upright Citizens Brigade (an ultimately un-funny show with a few shining moments).
MORALS: Even platonic male-male relationships can follow a lot of the pitfalls and formulas of romantic male-female relationships.
BAD STUFF: This is basically a romantic comedy in disguise as a bromantic comedy. Also: Ugliest wedding dress ever.
CONCLUSION: Take a romantic comedy, turn it into a movie about 2 guys instead of a guy and a girl, and you have one fine bromantic comedy worth watching. This movie is filled with hilarious awkwardness. It is formulaic and unique at the same time, because this formula is usually not applied to two dudes. I’m torn between rating this 4 or 5 stars.
Clint: Netflix: 4.5/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10. Very torn as to whether I should rate this 5/5 stars, but for now have rated it 4 stars on Netflix.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10. “It was hilarious! I liked it a lot, and I almost loved it.”
The native public rating for this movie is Netflix: 3.7/5 stars (4.0/5 stars for people who rate like me), IMDB: 7.4/10.
RECOMMENDATION: It’s better than most romantic comedies because of the male-male awkwardness that doesn’t exist with typical male-female relationships. Thus, this is a [b]romantic comedy that WORKS. See it!
MOVIE QUOTE: Oswald Klaven: Also, you got to understand, Zooey, Peter matured sexually at a very early age. I remember taking him swimming when he was twelve-years-old, kid had a bush like a forty-year-old Serbian.
Sydney Fife: This is the man cave, there’s no women allowed in here. I got a jerk-off station for God’s sake.
Peter Klaven: Why does everything I do sound like a leprechaun?
COINCIDENCES: (Terminator Salvation, I Love You Man) 2 movies in a week that starred actors who played other actors (Schwarzeneggar, Louis Ferrigno) in the movie See Arnold Run.
Mood: ready for dinner
Music: Pixies – Vamos