I first heard about this movie when I saw a interview of the main stars on The Hour with George Stroumbolopolous. And I heard them talking about the Rush angle to this movie. That was more than enough to peak my interest in this movie. Plus I really like the two lead actors – Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. Rashida Jones, daughter of Quincy Jones, also stars as Rudd’s fiance and Jamie Pressely, Jane Curtin & Jon Favereau also lend a supporting hand in this movie.
Peter Klaven (Rudd) just got engaged to his girlfriend of 8 months, Zooey Rice but he is embarrassed by the fact that he has a lack of male friends, especially compared with the close intimate relationships that Zooey has with her group of female friends. Overhearing her friends discussing this oddity, Peter goes on a series of “man dates” with men hoping to get a real friend in time for his wedding. However, he always seems to be ending up in awful situations. Feeling rejected, Peter is about to give up, when during an open house at Lou Ferrigno’s mansion, he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel) . The two hit it off very well, despite having different personalities. Later, Peter calls Sydney, and they go out for drinks.
Pretty soon they are spending a lot of time together, including jamming on bass & guitar in Sydney’s garage turned ‘man cave’. They also bond over a mutual love for the rock band Rush – the two of them singing Tom Sawyer in the garage is a highlight of the film! Peter then asks Sydney to be his best man at his wedding and invites him to a dinner with family & friends – where Sydney makes a totally inappropriate toast! Things get a little testy when Sydney borrows $8000 from Peter and puts billboards all over Los Angeles to advertise Peter’s real estate skills. And then Sydney fights with Ferrigno which seems to jeopardize the sale. They break off their friendship for a while.
However, it seems that Sydney’s silly billboards have worked in getting more business for Peter including Ferrigno, who is impressed with the sales technique. Zooey who has second thoughts about their friendship, relents when she sees that Peter is upset on the day of their wedding and she invites Sydney to come. The two friends are reunited and the wedding takes place.
Total dude movie; watch it and you’ll love it. 8 outta 10!