We at RadioTimes.com have compiled a list of Paul Rudd’s best films to commemorate the actor’s accession to People’s Sexiest Man Alive title in 2021.
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All the reasons why you should watch Rudd’s greatest hits and lesser-known gems, like Clueless, I Love You, Man, and Anchorman, right now are laid out for you by our staff.
1. Clueless (1995)
In Amy Heckerling’s 1995 romantic comedy, Clueless, Paul Rudd appears to be in his early twenties, despite the fact that he is an ageless actor. Josh Lucas, the caustic step-brother of Alicia Silverstone’s Cher Horowitz, is the perfect counterbalance to the pomp of her popularity in this high-school-set rendition of Jane Austen’s Emma.
There are so many memorable and hilarious conversations between Rudd and Silverstone because of their hot chemistry, which makes us want to see these two in another movie together again. The idea of a sequel or reunion is out of the question. The film Clueless will always be a favorite of mine because of the role played by Paul Rudd. Josh and Cher’s playful squabbling is fun to watch, but don’t miss the gradual realization that they’re a match made in heaven!
2. I Could Never Be Your Woman (2007)
I Could Never Be Your Woman is Paul Rudd at his sweet-and-funny best. From Mike Hannigan’s witty one-liners in Friends, Bobby Newport’s innocent enthusiasm in Parks and Recreation, and Clueless pin-up Josh’s comforting presence in Adam, the younger love interest of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Rosie in this infinitely watchable rom-com, People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2021 brings together the best of these three actors.
I Could Never Be Your Woman’s dance sequence serves as a fitting tribute to his entrance into the Sexiest Man Hall of Fame, so if you’re searching for a way to celebrate, look no further. When Pfeiffer’s character sees Adam take to the floor and perform a potpourri of dance genres with great abandon, she’s instantly taken over by his unselfconsciousness. And who can blame her for doing so? In this picture, Paul Rudd is at his cutest.
3. Anchorman (2004)
On a number of occasions, the seemingly-immortal Paul Rudd steals the show—and our hearts—from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, a 2004 comedic hit. Brian Fantana, the lead field reporter for KVWN’s Channel 4 News and self-proclaimed ladies’ guy, is played by Rudd in the Will Ferrell picture.
Brian Fantana and his mutton chops are an integral element of what makes Anchorman such a delightfully goofy classic. When it comes to Paul Rudd and the Channel 4 News Team, he is an integral part of the team’s relationship that has made them one of the most recognizable newscasts in television history for nearly two decades.
4. Role Models (2008)
Danny, a nasty energy drink salesman whose severe pessimism has finally convinced long-term partner Beth (Elizabeth Banks) to give up on their relationship, is played by Rudd in this 2008 comedy. Afterward, he and his friend Wheeler (Seann William Scott) are placed in a community service program for youngsters and teenagers who are in need of a little additional help.
Augie (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) and Ronnie (Bobb’e J Thompson) are two odd friends for the trio, despite their skepticism about the idea at first. In all of its heart and drama, Role Models manages to keep things from becoming overly cheesy by interspersing it with moments of inappropriate humor.
It’s no surprise that Rudd and Scott are on good form here, but it’s Jane Lynch (Glee) who perhaps steals the show as their quirky boss Gayle. For those who haven’t seen this film in a while, it’s still worth the time and effort.
5. I Love You, Man (2009)
In I Love You, Man, Paul Rudd and Jason Segel are well paired as the friendly Regular Joe and the man-child slacker, respectively. Likeable buddy comedy that follows Rudd’s loner Peter Klaven as he attempts to create a meaningful and platonic connection with another man, with Segel’s Sydney Fife the maybe unexpected choice.
Even by Hollywood standards, I Love You, Man is a fairly healthy portrayal of “bromance” and intimacy in male friendships, but it remains consistently entertaining thanks to the chemistry between its two leads and a talented supporting cast—especially Rashida Jones, who brings her trademark charm to what might otherwise have been a thankless “straight woman” role. As Peter smacks the bass, this film is a slap in the face.