TOP TEN LIST: Just A Bunch Of Bros. The Top 10 “Bromances”
By Scott Kurland
Well, I gave you two lists of the greatest loves of all time; one being modern and one of the classic variety. I decided to up my game and give something back to the fellas this week. During this month, a lot of guys get left out. Our favorite genres are dropped by the wayside for “Twilight” and “Fifty Shades of Grey”. Now, I give to you the top ten “Bromances”. What is a bromance you ask? Well, it’s where guys can be best friends and love each other like brothers. There’s nothing ever wrong with a little guy love between two bros. With it being Valentine’s day, this list is for the man’s man who isn’t afraid to tell his best friend “I love you, man”. Sit back, relax, and take a look at a very lengthy list filled with some of the greatest teams of all time. I give to you the Top Ten bromances of all time.
10. “I Love You, Man” 2009, Dreamworks- “Totes My Goats!!” “I Love You, Man” is an amazing bromance for one simple reason; it is played out like a romantic comedy. You have the two love interests (Paul Rudd and Jason Segel) and they have amazing chemistry. They break-up then get back together in the end; it’s a thing of beauty. What is so great about “I Love You, Man” are the characters of Peter Clavin and Sidney Fife and how they mesh together. Rudd as Peter and Segel as Sidney have a spark. Maybe it’s because Rudd and Segel are best friends in real life, but I like to think it’s movie magic. “I Love You, Man” also thrusted us forward into the bromance genre. Don’t get me wrong, “Bromance” has been around a long time, but “I Love You, Man” gave it a name.
9. “Wayne’s World” 1992, Paramount Pictures- “Hey Wayne? Did you ever think Bugs Bunny was cute when he dressed up like a girl bunny?” Wayne and Garth: those lovable rockers from SNL made one of the greatest onscreen teams for their movie debut in 1992. From SNL we knew how great these characters were, but damn they really showed us what they had on the big screen. Whether it was their love of Heather Locklear, or Wayne’s ability to prevent Garth from “Hurling chunks;” they were a pair. What’s great about “Wayne’s World” is that we see their brotherly love for one another. Wayne loves Garth, and Garth loves Wayne. Garth loved Wayne so much in fact he was building a robot to kill their evil producer (Rob Lowe). However, when Garth accidentally said the trigger word “We Fear Change,” Garth had to kill his creation. Building a robot to save your friend, that’s love.
8. “The Three Amigos”1986, Orion Pictures Classics- “One For Each Other, and All For One The Three Brave Amigos Are We!!!” Who doesn’t love Lucky Day, Ned Nederlander, and Dusty Bottoms? “The Three Amigos” is a cult comedy that also has a loving bond. Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Chevy Chase as actors mistaken for warriors never gets old. This is one of the greatest comedies of all time, but it’s very much a “bromance”. The way the amigos have each other’s back and only want the best for one another is sweet and hysterical. I think the one scene that shows the perfect blend of comedy and bonding might shock you. Many have said it’s the “My Little Buttercup” scene, but I disagree. I think the funniest scene that let’s us see their in-sync mindset is when Lucky gets shot. They all think it’s an act, but when Martin gets shot and turns to Short and Chase only uttering “It’s real”, they all start crying at the same time. Not only are they crying at the same time, if you look carefully, they’re all crying the same way. “The Three Amigos” was way ahead of its time with comedy, action, and guy love.
7. “Lethal Weapon” 1987, Warner Brothers- “No, you’re supposed to be suicidal remember? I’LL DRIVE.” This film may be what made the buddy cop genre work. “Lethal Weapon” isn’t just a comedy, nor is it an action film. Sorry boys, it’s a bromance. A bromance so big in fact that it lasted for four bromantic films-five and six if you count “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia’’s versions. Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Murtaugh (Danny Glover) are two different types of cops. Riggs is a loose cannon, while Murtaugh is a by the book family man. Yes, that is in fact the VHS box description you’d read at “Blockbuster Video” in the 90s. But it’s true, that’s the film. It’s two cops who don’t get along until they realize they need each other. Glover and Gibson are a weird fit, but they work well together. However, the bromance between these two technically didn’t come full circle until the second film when Glover was on a toilet that had bomb in it. What does Riggs do? He stays by his buddy the whole time(....kind of) for support. Isn’t that sweet?
6. “The Odd Couple” 1968, Paramount Pictures- "You leave me little notes on my pillow. I told you a hundred-and-sixty-eight times I can't .. stand .. little notes on my pillow! 'We are all out of Corn Flakes. -F.U.' It took me three hours to figure out that 'F.U.' was Felix Unger!" Jack Lemon and Walter Matthau are no strangers to the bromance. In fact, they worked together 11 times. However, the most memorable and bromantic was when they were Felix and Oscar in “The Odd Couple”. The premise of two divorced guys living together sounds funny way before you add the one’s-messy-and-one’s-clean plot point. What makes this work though? On broadway, the play starred Matthau and Art Carney. It was received just fine, but when Lemon was added, this film took off. You know what made it work, their friendship. The admiration and respect Matthau and Lemon have for one another really shines on screen. Not only is this a great example of characters and connection, but this film was way ahead of its time. “The Odd Couple” touched on the topic of divorce in a time that never spoke of it before. “The Odd Couple” is number six on the bromance list not only because of the leads, but because it’s an amazing film.
5. “The Shawshank Redemption” 1994, Castle Rock Entertainment - “ Remember Red, hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” Red and Andy, what can I say? These are two of the best example of what this list is all about. “The Shawshank Redemption” is truly a guys film; exploring the friendships of a guilty man and an innocent man over the course of twenty years. Setting a film in a prison is an inspired idea. The dark depressing setting allows for inspiration to develop and a friendship to bloom. Red and Andy work so well, not because of who they are, but what they represent. Andy is a symbol of hope, hope which he places in Red. Red represents the institutionalized man, the man who has been broken by the system. And because of that system, he can’t live outside his world of bars. Andy and Red need each other. Red teaches Andy that an honest man isn’t real and Andy Teaches Red to have hope. “The Shawshank Redemption” is one of the best examples of a true friendship that turns into a brotherhood.
4. “Blazing Saddles” 1974, Warner Brothers- “What Is A Dazzling Urbanite Like You Doing In A Rustic Setting Like This?” There’s no movie more funny in my opinion than Mel Brook’s comedy western. Not only is it hysterical, but you get a bromance between two outcasts. Sheriff Bart (Clevon Little) and Jim “The Wacco Kid” (Gene Wilder) have one of the greatest friendships in the history of cinema. Why is it so great? I’m so glad you asked. Bart is treated poorly because he’s black, and is shunned for being Sheriff. Jim is treated like the town drunk and, in seeing this, Bart makes him second-in-command. These two characters work so well for many reasons, too many to name. Yet, I think Wilder works with Little for the reason of recasting. Wilder was not the first one cast as the Wacco kid. Little was only cast after the studio refused to let Richard Pryor play the role. I think that both actors knowing they weren’t top choice allows for them to bond and use that as a connection. Whatever the case may be, Bart and Jim are the heart of what makes “Blazzing Saddles” work.
3. “High Fidelity” 2000, Touchstone Pictures - “I can't fire them. I hired these guys for three days a week and they just started showing up every day. That was four years ago.” No one is cooler than Cusack....well maybe our number one picks are. But the Cus is the coolest guy on film still working today. “High Fidelity” is one of the best examples of guys being guys bonding over their one true love....popular music that they think allows them to be music snobs. Throughout the film, Cusack’s Rob is reliving his many failed loves. What keeps him grounded is his love/hate friendship with his two friend-ployees (Friend/employees); Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (Jack Black). The way Barry and Dick feed Rob’s ego to make him feel important is what friendship is. Although it’s a shallow friendship, it’s a friendship. Not only is the banter great between all three characters, but this is the first time you really get to see guys talk like guys. They are moronic and rude, but there’s a sweet side to them as well and it comes through when they talk about music and what it would be like to date a musician.
2. “Ghostbusters” 1984, Columbia Pictures - “It’s the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man...” “Ghostbusters!!!!” I mean, what can I say? It’s bloody “Ghostbusters” the film that made being a scientist and a slacker cool. What is great about this film is everyone has a favorite character they can relate to. If you’re a smart ass and a bit of goof you relate to Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray). If you are over zealous and a bit of a daydreamer you relate to Dr. Ray Stantz (Dan Akyroyd). If you have a dry wit, loved science, and had your eyes on the prize you got Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis). And if you are um...the muscle...you were Winston Zedmore (Ernie Hudson). What makes “Ghostbusters” our number two spot is the guys working as a team. Although they messed with one another, they also knew when to trust each other. The one thing that keeps repeating itself on this list is the theme of brotherhood and there is no brotherhood tighter than the “Ghostbusters” clan. This is the film that showed us that a group of friends can still be awesome, close, and always save the day from a giant marshmallow in a sailor suit.
1. “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” 1969, 20th Century Fox - “Well, Thank You Flatnose. That is what sustained me in my time of trouble.” Here it is the number one bromance, the best bromance there is... Newman and Redford. Butch and Sundance have that raw relationship that only cowboys could have. The same goes for Newman and Redford. If anyone else tried playing these two roles, they would fail. It’s nothing personal, but you can’t recreate, replicate, or even match that Newman/Redford charisma. Newman has always been my favorite actor, and will always be because of this film and “The Sting”. Butch and Sundance share that brotherhood like all the others on this list, but they go a step further. These two showcase what it means to be true friends...they die for each other. Butch and Sundance are the greatest bromance there is. Whether it’s Redford stern glare and tight mouth or Newman’s charming smile, it always ends with them complementing one another. “Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid” is the number one bromance to end all bromances.