Monday, June 06, 2011

"I Love You, Man" (2009)


"... A movie is as only as good as its cast and J.K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Andy Samberg, Jon Favreau and Jamie Pressly provide an excellent ensemble to the two leads.

Peter (Paul Rudd) has just proposed to his girlfriend, Zooey (Rashida Jones) and tells her of the plot of land he intends to buy and develop it. As someone who just proposed to his girlfriend not too long ago, you pretty much want to tell everyone and anyone who'll listen. Zooey tells all of her friends and family and it occurs to her that Peter doesn't really have that many close friends to tell, save for his family. This is confirmed by Peter's parents (J.K. Simmons and Jane Curtin) at dinner the next night. So what's a guy to do who's getting married but doesn't have someone he can ask to be his best man? This sets the stage for Peter's search for a plutonic friend that might be his best man. And when you think about it, how hard is it to find a plutonic friend that you don't work with or know on some causal basis? After a series of misfires (one gets into a struggle at a soccer match, the other kisses him, etc.) Peter meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) at an open house (Peter is attempting to sell Lou Ferrigno's estate). Fearing he has nothing to lose, he gives Sydney a ring and the two meet up for a drink which ends up a really fun night out. As the two get more and more acquainted, it's clear that Sydney could actually be "the one."

The parallels between Peter's character and myself are uncanny. I'm more of a "girlfriend" guy too, my dad worked with IBM and we moved around a lot which prevented me from having many best friends and though I will have a best man at my wedding. The movie is so simple that it works on so many levels."

"Rush was approached by Hamburg, who is a fan, to appear in the film. Even though the band does not normally perform in movies, they decided to do it. The shooting schedule was tough because there was a one day window between two of their concerts on tour. The band later said the whole experience was fun.[16] Hamburg felt that "once Rush got that I wasn't poking fun at them, that I'm genuinely a fan and the main characters of the movie are fans and it's kind of a loving tribute to them, I think that's when they came on board."[17] Subsequently, both Rudd and Segel appeared in character as Peter and Sydney alongside the members of Rush in a short video which closes the band's 2010 Time Machine Tour shows. [18]" -Wikipedia

(Originally titled "Let's be Friends" by Larry Levin. John Hamburg rewrote and directed the film.)

The Writing Studio (accessed June 14, 2011)

John Hamburg (Director/Screenplay/Producer) was born and raised in New York City, and began making short films while still in high school. He continued creating films while attending Brown University, where he also studied playwriting and, later, at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. While at Tisch, he wrote and directed the short film "Tick," which debuted at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.

In 1998, he returned to Sundance with his feature-length debut
"Safe Men," a comedy he wrote and directed. Starring Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Paul Giamatti, Mark Ruffalo and Harvey Fierstein, Hamburg's film about safe-crackers and song-writers in Providence, Rhode Island has garnered a strong cult following in the years since its Sundance premiere.

He next co-wrote the screenplays for the popular comedies
"Meet the Parents" starring frequent collaborator Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner and Terri Polo and "Zoolander" starring Stiller and Owen Wilson. Hamburg also directed several episodes of the critically acclaimed television series "Undeclared."

Hamburg next wrote and directed the hit comedy
"Along Came Polly" starring Ben Stiller, Jennifer Aniston, Alec Baldwin and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and co-wrote the successful sequel "Meet the Fockers" starring Ben Stiller, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand, both for Universal Pictures.

Larry Levin (Screenplay/Story) co-wrote (with Nat Mauldin) the screenplay for "Dr. Dolittle" and then wrote "Doctor Dolittle 2."

Levin created and executive-produced the critically acclaimed television series "Bakersfield P.D," which aired on FOX and, most recently, on Bravo as part of the "Brilliant, but Cancelled" series; the series "If Not For You" starring Elizabeth McGovern and Hank Azaria; and "Arresting Behavior." Levin co-wrote (with Larry David) the landmark episode of "Seinfeld" entitled "The Boyfriend," which TV Guide called "one of the greatest episodes in TV history." Levin was also a writer on the comedy series "It's Garry Shandling's Show."

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