Making a guy bond bloom requires careful nurturing. Just ask Mr. Judd Apatow

Midway through "I Love You, Man," L.A. real estate agent Peter, played by Paul Rudd, wonders how quickly he can phone someone he just met. No, it's not a girl -- Peter's engaged. It's just that Peter, feeling like a "weirdo," needs a best man for his wedding party. And this buddy-less man -- who's always been a "girlfriend guy" -- is having a tough time navigating his way around the emotional land mines of the dude universe.<br>
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"I'm really nervous," Peter frets in one scene in the movie, which opened Friday and took in $24.8 million over the weekend. "There are no rules for male friendships."<br>
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No rules for male friendships? Has Peter not been to the movies recently? Just going to Rudd's own past comedies would fill a book of rules.<br>
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Then again, Peter's favorite movie is "The Devil Wears Prada," so we'll cut the guy some slack and offer the following New Cinematic Rules for Male Friendship as defined by comedy kingpin <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB005346" title="Judd Apatow" href="/topic/entertainment/judd-apatow-PECLB005346.topic">Judd Apatow</a> and his acolytes.<br>
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-- Glenn Whipp
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Midway through "I Love You, Man," L.A. real estate agent Peter, played by Paul Rudd, wonders how quickly he can phone someone he just met. No, it's not a girl -- Peter's engaged. It's just that Peter, feeling like a "weirdo," needs a best man for his wedding party. And this buddy-less man -- who's always been a "girlfriend guy" -- is having a tough time navigating his way around the emotional land mines of the dude universe.

"I'm really nervous," Peter frets in one scene in the movie, which opened Friday and took in $24.8 million over the weekend. "There are no rules for male friendships."

No rules for male friendships? Has Peter not been to the movies recently? Just going to Rudd's own past comedies would fill a book of rules.

Then again, Peter's favorite movie is "The Devil Wears Prada," so we'll cut the guy some slack and offer the following New Cinematic Rules for Male Friendship as defined by comedy kingpin Judd Apatow and his acolytes.

-- Glenn Whipp

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