I Love You, Man

Theatrical Release: March 20, 2009
I Love You, Man


In “I Love You, Man,” a comedy from John Hamburg, Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is a successful real estate agent who, upon getting engaged to the woman of his dreams, Zooey (Rashida Jones), discovers, to his dismay and chagrin, that he has no male friend close enough to serve as his Best Man. Peter immediately sets out to rectify the situation, embarking on a series of bizarre and awkward “man-dates,” before meeting Sydney Fife (Jason Segel), a charming, opinionated man with whom he instantly bonds. But the closer the two men get, the more Peter’s relationship with Zooey suffers, ultimately forcing him to choose between his fiancée and his new found “bro” in a story that comically explores what it truly means to be a “friend.”

Dove Review

There are some funny and touching moments in this film. Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) is about to be married but has no candidate to be his best man as he has always had girl friends. His fiancée’ Zooey (Rashida Jones) encourages him to look for a buddy and after a fruitless search he finally finds Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) who is so different from Peter, including being outgoing and smooth with the ladies, that he and Peter become best friends. In fact, Peter’s rather unusual way of running words together begins to rub off on Sydney and Sydney’s confidence begins to rub off on Peter. However, another problem develops when Zooey feels she is being ignored. One of the funny scenes include Sydney and Peter “jamming” to Rush music.

However, this film is far from a family film. It is loaded with sexual comments and innuendos, and peppered with strong language. We are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this film as a family-friendly film.

Content Description

Sex: Guys flirt with other guys; a guy thinks another man is gay who isn't and kisses him on the mouth; tons of explicit sexual comments and innuendos; pre-marital sex.
Language: I lost count of the number of profanities but a lot of the F word and biblical profanities and the use of sexual slang.
Violence: A man slaps another man.
Drugs: A lot of drinking including a drinking contest; characters get drunk; smoking scenes including the smoking of cigars.
Nudity: Shirtless men; cleavage.
Other: A gay son is featured in a family; tension from certain relationships; flatulence; a character literally ejects vomit from his mouth following a lot of drinking.


Company: DreamWorks
Writer: John Hamburg and Larry Levin
Director: John Hamburg
Producer: Donald De Line
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 97 min.
Industry Rating: R
Starring: Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones, Sarah Burns, Greg Levine
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter