Paul Rudd and Jason Segal have ventured off on their own to make a film free of Judd Apatow, how have they done? First things first, my review may be slightly biased as I myself went on a “man-date” to see this film. My friend Alec took me out for sandwiches and everything, and the movie really added to the whole dude fest of a night.
Anyway, the film tells the tale of friendless Peter Klaven (Rudd), a man who must make a best friend in time to have a best man at his wedding. Along comes Sydney Fife (Segal), a free spirit who may or may not have what it takes to be Peter’s best man. Hilarity ensues as the two men become better and better friends, rocking out to Rush, and annoying Peter’s wife, Zooey (Rashida Jones).
Although not quite as good as similar films such as The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, and Segal’s fantastic Forgetting Sarah Marshall, it is nonetheless hilarious. Although it lacks solid direction, the film is carried by the acting. Rudd ventures off from his usual self centered roles to play soft hearted, effeminate Peter, and the result is at once endearing and funny. Segal fits his eccentric rock n’ roll character perfectly, and is certainly the funniest part of the film.
While the story and directing aspects are nothing out of the ordinary, the characterization delivered from the acting, and the lighthearted cleverness of the script make this one of the better comedies to have come out in recent years. Keep it up Apatow crew, you guys are on a roll!
The grade: B