I Love You, Man

Music By: Various Artists

Distributed by: Lakeshore Records

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            In the comedy I Love You, Man, Paul Rudd is Peter Klavan, a man who seemingly has it all.  He’s an extremely successful real estate agent with a very attractive girlfriend.  But when Peter asks Zooey (Rashida Jones) to marry him and he sees how excited she is to tell everyone the news, Peter realizes that he has no one to tell.  If he has no male friends, who is going to be his best man for the wedding?  At the behest of his younger brother (Andy Samburg), Peter sets out on a series of “guy-dates” in search of men he can become friends with.

            The soundtrack of I Love You Man features various artists including Latch Key Kid, Vampire Weekend, The Black Keyes, Beck, The Cars, Matt Costa, The Donnas, The Bonedaddys, Dean Martin and Teddy Shapiro.  Special attention is paid to the heavy metal band known as Rush as Peter discovers that the band is a bonding point between himself and would-be friend, Sydney Fife (Jason Segel). 

            The I Love You, Man Soundtrack is basically a rocking party album with a little alternative music mixed in.  The old school rock and alternative rock blend together nicely.  I, for one, enjoyed listening to some of the older music that I grew up with like Tom Sawyer from Rush, Good Times Roll from The Cars, Limelight (also from Rush) and a surprisingly good version of Dancing with Myself by The Donnas. 

            Finding the Dean Martin song, Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, on this soundtrack was a bit of a mystery to me, but I’m sure it has its place in the movie.  The song Peter and Zooey by Teddy Shapiro was somewhat boring considering the fact that it was instrumental and more lighthearted than the rest of the album (other than the song Good Times by Latch Key Kid).  And I must say that the version of Limelight by Paul Rudd and Jason Segel was an absolute  train wreck that I would never ever want to find myself subjected to again in this lifetime.

            Other than those minor setbacks, the I Love You, Man Soundtrack makes a great addition to any rock aficionado’s music collection.  Fans of classic rock will particularly enjoy this soundtrack thanks to the songs featured by Rush and The Cars.  The I Love You, Man Soundtrack was an enjoyable experience despite the main characters’ painful rendition of Limelight.


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