Male-bonding films to debut in time for spring break

Miss March

Eugene, played by Zach Cregger, awakens from a four-year coma to find that his high school sweetheart whom he took to prom on the night of an accident has become a Playboy Playmate. Helped in his quest by horndog friend Tucker, played by Trevor Moore, the two set out for the Playboy Mansion so Eugene can get the night with “Miss March” that he missed out on.

That’s the premise to the feature film debut from Trevor Moore and Zach Cregger, two members of the sketch comedy group “Whitest Kids U’Know.” Moore and Cregger have produced, written and co-directed the film, which also includes roles from “The Office” actor Craig Robinson and Playboy’s founder Hugh Hefner.

The underground sketch comedy group has a rabid cult following with their TV show on IFC which constantly pushes the boundaries of good taste. Some examples of sketches include a violent pimp who’s a fan of puns, a re-imagining of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination as payback for being profane and unruly, and the first rap song about getting high with dinosaurs.

One has to wonder if the style of comedy might be diluted as the two make the transition from the small screen to a massive audience. Like most R-rated comedies like the recent “Pineapple Express” and “Sex Drive,” there’s probably going to be an unrated cut on DVD in the works that might be closer to Moore and Cregger’s less mainstream type of humor.

“Miss March” is rated R and opens today.

I Love You, Man

Paul Rudd stars as Peter, a man who has found the woman he wants to marry. Now he just has to find a man, a best man specifically. Peter, who hasn’t had a lot of male friends since meeting his fiancee, sets off on a series of awkward “man-dates” until he meets Sydney, played by Jason Segel. Sydney shares Peter’s passion for the band Rush and the two try their attempts at male bonding.

Rudd has got a lot of mileage out of playing uptight characters in comedies like last year’s “Role Models,” which also had a theme of male camaraderie. So has Segel with his starring turns in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and TV show “How I Met Your Mother.”

The six degrees of Judd Apatow is at play too. Rudd and Segel have shared screen time before in Apatow productions ranging from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” to “Knocked Up.”

With a strong supporting cast that includes Saturday Night Live cast member Andy Samberg, “My Name is Earl” actress Jaime Pressly and even SNL veteran Jane Curtin, it’s reassuring to know that the laughs won’t only be coming from the two stars.

“I Love You, Man” is rated R and opens March 20.