Numerous critics note in their reviews of I Love You, Man that while Judd Apatow's name is not listed in the credits of the film, his influence is all over it. Despite the suggestion in the title that the film is about gay romance, it's actually about a guy, played by Paul Rudd, who has no male friend to ask to be his best man at his wedding and, when he goes looking for one, he finds Jason Segel. The film is receiving mixed reviews. Mostly, the female critics love it and the male critics don't. Writes Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News "Rudd ... has never been more relaxed or appealing. Segel is also in top form, clearly having a blast in the macho role he rarely plays. But like all great couples, they're each at their best when they get to be together." Carrie Rickey in the Philadelphia Inquirer concludes her review this way "Among those buddy films lately called "bromances," ILYM is both the best friend and best man." Lisa Kennedy in the Denver Post gives the film three and a half stars, writing that it is "as sweet as it is tart." And Ann Hornaday in the Washington Post concludes that I Love You Man owes its success to "some refreshing touches that make the movie something more than just another snickering celebration of all things testosterone-tinged." But Kyle Smith in the New York Post is in no mood to celebrate this movie at all. "We get dirty jokes that aren't funny, and clean jokes that aren't funny," he writes. "What we don't get, ever, is a reason to care. ... Who cares if a fussy real-estate agent lands a best man for his wedding?" While Christopher Kelly in the Dallas Morning News finds the movie "amiable" enough, he nevertheless writes that it "feels like a clever concept in search of a completely developed movie." On the other hand, Peter Hartlaub advises in the San Francisco Chronicle "Go ahead into the theater with low expectations. And then be surprised by one of the better comedies of the past year."