It has become pretty hard to review good comedies. All you can pretty much comment on is how funny the script is and how well the actors go about performing it. I should probably thank Judd Apatow. His film The 40 Year Old Virgin brought about the craze to have mature comedies. I mean everyone grows up so quickly so why should the box office be populated by the light stuff that very few people laugh at anyway. Then came Knocked Up and then Apatow produced some hits such as Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Pineapple Express. Others joined in the fun with Step Brothers, Role Models, Zack and Miri Make A Porno, Tropic Thunder, and now I Love You Man. Like those other comedies I just mentioned, everything is refreshingly original and only more so when so well delivered by the likes of Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. Rudd plays Peter who needs a best man for his wedding since he doesn't have many guy friends and he soon meets Sydney (Segel) and before he knows it Peter is discovering all of the joys of having horny-guy talk, playing in a rock band, and giving people nicknames. The supporting cast is also spot-on (with a variety of players ranging from J.K. Simmons to Andy Samberg to Jon Favreau to Joe Lo Truglio to Thomas Lennon to Rashida Jones). This is another in a long line of comedies that proves that naughty adult humor balanced with a well thought-out story is the more truly freeing of movie experiences. In fact, the same thing that happens to Peter in the movie after he meets Sydney is the same thing that happens to the audience- everyone starts to enjoy life (even if it is for an hour and a half in a movie theater) a bit more.
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