'I Love You, Man': Snap Judgment
It’s official: The best chick flicks are for dudes. And I Love You, Man has perfected the art. Like its main character, Peter (the deliriously lovable Paul Rudd), it’s a guy’s movie that shows a surprising understanding of women. It certainly respects them more than the likes of He’s Just Not That Into You and Confessions of a Shopaholic. While girly movies paint women as desperate creatures with a universally pathological shoe obsession, Man loves its ladies. Sure, they’re caricatured a bit for comedic effect — and certainly the central bromance is more finely rendered than the women surrounding it. But at least the script finds fresh angles on female characters: That hilarious speakerphone conversation that sends up women’s intimate knowledge of their friends’ sex lives (“He goes down on you, like, six times a week!”) shows genuine insight into what Sex and the City has done for girls’ night exchanges, for better or worse. Rashida Jones (more of her in my movies, please) as Peter’s beloved Zooey comes off as smart and sweet and worth Peter’s fuss without being overly glorified. And Jaime Pressly, well, she steals every one of her scenes as Zooey’s brittle friend Denise, whose sniping at her husband is just her brand of foreplay. Man, it turns out, is one for the girls …
Click here to read Owen Gleiberman’s review, then let us know what you think: Is I Love You, Man the best recent romantic comedy? Will women love it as much as — or even more than — guys do?