Parents' Guide to

I Love You, Man

By James Rocchi, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Male bonding comedy is very crude -- but good-hearted.

Movie R 2009 110 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 12+


this movie is funny and so ful of heart it is just two est bros and its hilarous

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
age 15+

It could have been a lot funnier!

I Love You, Man is Rated R for pervasive language, including crude and sexual references. This film contains non-stop use of adult language. Pervasive profanity/offensive language and frequent, or even pervasive use of strong crude sexual dialogue and references are present. Overall, the film wasn't nearly as funny as I would have wanted it to be. Recommended for adults and mature teenagers only.

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12):
Kids say (18):

Like similarly-toned comedies The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Superbad, I Love You, Man, walks a fine line in depicting outlandish, vulgar behavior on the road to wisdom. While I Love You, Man may not walk that line as smoothly as those earlier films, it also has a grace of its own, specifically thanks to Rudd's underplayed scene-stealing performance as a man more than a little uncomfortable in his own life.

Segel is also fine as a slightly solipsistic slacker -- Sydney lives the way he wants to, which can make him both an inspiration and an irritation -- and the rest of the supporting cast, most notably Jon Favreau and Jaime Pressly's feuding, loving couple -- are excellent as well. Director John Hamburg also has the good judgment to simply let his cast rip in some of the funnier, zingier moments of dialogue. I Love You Man looks sour and slick, but it's surprisingly earnest and heartfelt once you get past its more outlandish excesses.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: March 20, 2009
  • On DVD or streaming: August 11, 2009
  • Cast: Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones
  • Director: John Hamburg
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 110 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: pervasive language, including crude and sexual references
  • Last updated: April 5, 2023

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