They Came Together hit theatres and on-demand this past week. The parody that is hilariously spot on when it comes to the whole romcom culture has Paul Rudd looking absolutely delightful and adorable as he pairs up with Amy Poehler. So, with that, we’ve rounded up some of his best roles to date. (FYI: This is basically an homage to the wonder that is Paul Rudd. You’ve been warned.)
5. Paris from Romeo + Juliet
Paul Rudd had the teeniest role in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and compared to the star cross’d lover that was Leonardo DiCaprio, had his thunder completely stolen (though I am still 100 per cent #TeamLeo). This flick came out when Paul Rudd was still in his early stages of acting in big screen flicks and it really did show his potential as a serious actor. While he’s made us cry laughing over the last two decades, we got a glimpse of how awesome Paul Rudd really is and that he’s more than just the lead in a bromancey flick. Also, him as Paris = <3 x 10000. I won’t go so far as to say that he’s better than Leo, but he was pretty cute.
4. Chuck from Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Pauly plays a small yet funny role in this flick. The stoner-surfer dude that tries to teach Jason Segel how to surf by telling him to “Pop up!” is really just a wicked character than what we’re used to seeing from Rudd. Even though he’s not one of the lead guys, his chemistry with Segel is always entertaining to watch. Oh, Kunu.
3. Pete/Peter from Knocked Up, This is 40 and I Love You, Man
I lumped these two characters into one because they’re so similar, and this is really the Paul Rudd we’ve come to know and love in his more recent roles. This bromancey role where he’s kind of always seemingly pussy-whipped is always super entertaining and shows his softer side. Frankly, his role as Pete in I Love You, Man is one of my personal faves because he’s SO effing awkward and his banter with Jason Segel is pure magic.
2. Mr. Anderson from The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Oh, Mr. Anderson. The sweet, sweet voice of reason in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. He doesn’t play a huge part in the flick, per se, but he does play a massive part in the life of Charlie. He’s serious and adorable and gives the best words of wisdom (“We accept the love we think we deserve.”) and it really just proves how fantabulous Paul Rudd is in every capacity.
1. Josh from Clueless
The role of all roles. The ultimate hunk who far surpasses any pre-teen crush you ever had. If you haven’t seen Clueless yet (why the hell are you reading our site? We’re big fans here) there is no freaking hope for you. Go watch and you’ll understand why this was basically the best of Paul Rudd. Ever. His first and most pivotal role and though he’s gone on to do soooo much more over the two decades since this movie made its mark on this writer’s heart, it’s by far his best.