9. I Love You, Man (2009)
Original Release Date: March 20, 2009
Box Office Earnings: I Love You, Man earned $91.6 million on the back of its $40 million budget, which made it a moderate success.
Critical Acclaim: Even if it didn’t make quite as much at the box office as DreamWorks might have hoped, the film did fine with audiences and critics. The bulk of the praise for this film came from its sensitive approach to male friendships and the performances from Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones, and Jason Segel.
About the Role: Instead of playing the sardonic jerk with a heart of gold Rudd had become known for, he gets to instead play a genuine sweetheart who struggles to find a solid male best friend.
Simply the Best: I Love You, Man is very much a “feel-good” movie. Rudd’s character Peter is eager to find the best man for his wedding after realizing he truly doesn’t have any male best friends that would fit the bill.
The movie takes an unconventional approach to male friendships offering genuine and hilarious courting between Peter and Segel’s character, Sydney Fife. It also features hilarious performances by supporting cast members like Andy Samberg, Jaime Pressly, J.K. Simmons, and Jon Favreau.
It helps that it is extremely quotable too. One of the most memorable scenes from Rudd’s career might be the “slapping the bass” bit from this film.