March 21, 2009
An improvement on guy flicks and chick flicks alike
I Love You, Man may be a "bromantic" comedy -- a buddy flick about two men who are secure enough in their masculinity to express their platonic love for one another -- but that doesn't mean women can't get something out of it too. In my own review of the film, I claimed that the film's depiction of women and the relationships men have with them is "a little healthier" than what we have seen in other recent male-oriented comedies, especially those produced by Judd Apatow. (I Love You, Man is not an Apatow film, but its two lead actors, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, are both veterans of Apatow films such as Knocked Up and Forgetting Sarah Marshall.) And now, Jennifer Armstrong at Entertainment Weekly says this film "respects" women more than recent female-oriented comedies such as He's Just Not That Into You and Confessions of a Shopaholic, which "paint women as desperate creatures". I can't say I disagree with her.