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I Love You, Man is a 2009 American comedy film starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. It was released theatrically in North America on March 20, 2009.



Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd), a big-time real estate salesman, just got engaged to Zooey Rice (Rashida Jones), a stunning girl who co-owns a boutique called ZHD with best friends Hailey (Sarah Burns) and Denise (Jaime Pressly). Zooey is ecstatic about the engagement and calls her friends to tell them about it, but Peter does not seem to have anyone special he’d like to share the good news with. At Peter's parents’ (J.K. Simmons and Jane Curtin) house, it comes out that Peter is actually a "girlfriend guy," and his guy friends when he was growing up "fell by the wayside." After overhearing Zooey's friends tell her that they are concerned Peter does not have any friends, Peter realizes he needs to find some male friends in order to have a best man for his wedding. Peter seeks the advice of his younger, gay brother Robbie (Andy Samberg) on how to meet platonic guy friends and how to take them on man-dates.

Peter's first attempt is to hang out with Barry (Jon Favreau), Denise's husband, for poker night with the guys. It ends horribly when, after chugging too many beers, Peter projectile vomits all over Barry, who already isn't fond of Peter to begin with. Robbie then sends Peter out with a guy from his gym for a soccer game. That does not last long, since the man angers fans at the game and has a very high-pitched voice. Peter's mother tries next by sending him to dinner with a man named Doug Evans (Thomas Lennon) who just moved to L.A. Against Robbie's advice, Peter goes to dinner with Doug, and it ends awkwardly with a deep tongue kiss, revealing Doug's homosexuality. Peter seeks man-dates online and finds Mel, who represented himself as a young man on his online profile, but is actually an old man.

With all these failed attempts, Peter decides to give up, but during an open house at Lou Ferrigno's, he meets Sydney Fife (Jason Segel). They instantly hit it off when Sydney gives a play-by-play of a potential buyer farting. Because of Sydney's honesty, the two men exchange business cards. When Peter calls Sydney he leaves a very embarrassing voice mail, but when Sydney calls him back they decide to go out for drinks.

After a nice night, they hang out again for lunch and afterward Sydney shows Peter the "man cave," a space in his garage where he keeps a big-screen TV and his collection of rock instruments and Rush paraphernalia. They start playing musical instruments together and hanging out a lot more. Peter finally introduces Sydney to Zooey at their engagement party. At first, it goes well. Zooey thinks Sydney might hit it off with her perpetually single friend Hailey. But her opinion of him sours when Sydney makes a very awkward speech hinting that Zooey needs to give Peter more oral sex.

Peter convinces Sydney to go golfing with the girls and it ends with Hailey storming off the green. Right after that, when Peter is supposed to be watching HBO Sunday programming with Zooey, Sydney calls and talks Peter into going to see Rush instead. At the concert Zooey feels ignored while Peter and Sydney are really enjoying the concert. During tuxedo shopping, Sydney asks Peter why he is marrying Zooey and asks Peter for an eight-thousand dollar loan. Doug coincidentally shows up and confronts Peter, calling him a whore because he thinks he is with Sydney. Peter finally comes clean to Sydney telling him that he was searching for friends before meeting him and that he will loan him the money.

Zooey is no longer psyched about Sydney being the best man, especially after Sydney gets in a fight with Lou Ferrigno, possibly causing Peter to lose exclusive sales rights to Lou's house. Peter tells Zooey that he lent Sydney money and asks her if she knows why they are getting married. Zooey is angry and leaves to stay at Denise's house.

When Peter leaves for work that next morning he sees several billboards that Sydney put up using the loan. When he confronts Sydney, he decides to end their relationship as friends because of the conflict. After he patches things up with Zooey, explaining to her that he is nervous but ready to get married, Peter discovers that the ads worked; he starts receiving more clients including an apologetic Doug and offers on the Ferrigno house.

While Peter feels bad about confronting Sydney now that the Ferrigno house is sold, he doesn't re-invite Sydney to the wedding. Before the wedding, Zooey sees Peter upset about the loss of Sydney, so she calls and invites Sydney (who is already on his way) to the wedding. Just before the vows are to be taken, Sydney makes a dramatic entrance, they explain their platonic love for each other, and Sydney assumes the role of best man.

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