I Love You Too

May 6th, 2010


I Love You Too

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A commitment-phobe and a New Ager buddy-up to win over the women of their respective dreams.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 5.8/10 (823 voted)

Director: Daina Reid

Stars: Brendan Cowell, Peter Dinklage, Yvonne Strahovski

A commitment-phobe and a New Ager buddy-up to win over the women of their respective dreams.

Brendan Cowell - Jim
Peter Dinklage - Charlie
Yvonne Strahovski - Alice
Peter Helliar - Blake
Megan Gale - Francesca Moretti
Bridie Carter - Marie
Travis McMahon - Owen
Katrina Milosevic - Rebecca
Steve Bisley - Bill
Madeleine Harding - Janine
Cindy Waddingham - Caitlin
Leon Bryant - I Love You Him
Angela Scundi - I Love You Her
Rachel Waters - Grossed Out Child
Heidi Valkenburg - Jenny

Taglines: All that is standing between them is four little words


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 6 May 2010

Filming Locations: Brighton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Technical Specs

Runtime: Australia:

Continuity: Two of the candles on Jim's birthday cake go out mid-scene, but come back to life by the end.

Marie: You know that he just broke up with Alice...
Blake: I know, High five!
Marie: [Angered] Blake!

User Review

a labored and uneven romantic comedy

Rating: 5/10

I Love You Too is a labored and uneven romantic comedy that struggles to find big laughs. The film was written by local comic Peter Helliar, who conceived the idea some seven years ago and has been developing it ever since. The film looks at a number of relationships and explores the often rocky road to romance. The central character is Jim (Brendan Cowell), an emotionally stunted thirty-year-old man who works at a miniature railway and refuses to grow up. He lives in a bungalow at the back of his family home. He is also unable to make a commitment to Alice (Yvonne Strahovski), his girl friend of the past three years. Disappointed that Jim is unable to articulate his feelings, Alice tries to reassess their relationship. She even considers a job offer that will take her home to England, hoping to force Jim into action. After a drunken night on the town, Jim attempts to steal a car, with disastrous results. But that is how he meets the diminutive Charlie (Peter Dinklage), and an unusual friendship develops. A recent widower still mourning his wife, Charlie himself is obsessed with Francesca (Megan Gale), the supermodel who is the very epitome of the unobtainable object of desire. Jim agrees to help Charlie get in touch with Francesca if he will teach Jim the right words to say to Alice to win her back. Another major subplot concerns the relationship between Jim's pregnant sister Marie (Bridie Carter) and her beer swilling, oafish husband Owen (Travis McMahon). Helliar's script is too long for what it has to say, and there are several moments of unnecessary padding. There are also a number of moments that fall horribly flat, and scenes that go nowhere. Daina Reid hails from a background in television, having directed episodes of TV series like City Homicide, etc, and her handling of the material here is pedestrian. She seems unable to bring much energy or life into the material. The performances of most of the cast are generally fine, although, ironically, Helliar himself is one of the more annoying elements of the film. Helliar plays Jim's best mate Blake, an obnoxious and boorish bogan. His character is annoying and grating, and doesn't really ring true. His grotesque manners and clumsiness is reminiscent of Jason Siegel's character in the recent bromance I Love You, Man, although he doesn't quite redeem himself in the same way. Dinklage (from Death At A Funeral, etc) is the best thing in it, with his dry, droll wit and self-deprecating humor. Strahovski, who plays a CIA agent in the TV series Chuck, seen on Foxtel, is good as Alice. Cowell seems a little uneasy with his role here, and is uncomfortable in some scenes. Despite some good moments, I Love You Too is another example of an Australian comedy that falls flat, and is let down by the writing.


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