Mr O is an absolutely massive Star Trek fan. He can watch less than 10 seconds of any episode of any series and tell you what it is called and what happens. I honestly think if there was some kind of call for this in the world then we would make millions. Unfortunately there isn’t, so we’ll have to continue life on the ropier end of middle class. Anyway, I digress. This film landed when Little O was extremely small so despite Mr O’s great love of all things Star Trek we did not get to see it until it recently appeared on Netflix.
While one of the main themes of most films is romantic relationships, we wouldn’t have some awesome classics without the magic of lifelong friendships. This week I am looking at my favourite bromances… those friendships that are maybe just leetle bit too close for comfort.
Bromance Definition (Urban Dictionary)
1. A non-sexual relationship between two men that are unusually close. -verb -mans-ing
1. The act of wooing a fellow male friend for the purpose of becoming closer.
2. Going to unusual lengths in an attempt to become closer with another male friend.
Played by: Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan
Film: Wedding Crashers (2005)
Such is the chemistry between Wilson and Vaughan that they’ve played best friends in several films but somehow this kooky comedy that features them using the weddings of strangers to pull women has something special.
“John Beckwith: Hey, listen. What angle are you going to play here?
Jeremy Grey: I am going to go with the balloon animal display. For the kids. And then when she comes close to check it out, guess who is the broken man, haunted past? How about you?
John Beckwith: I am going to go dance with the little flower girl. Oh, and I might be a charter member of Oprah’s book club.
Jeremy Grey: It’s all deadly.”
Played by: Mike Meyers and Garth Algar
Films: Wayne’s World I (1992) and Wayne’s World 2 (1993)
Anyone who grew up in the 90’s will remember this uber-geeky duo, lost in their own world of in-jokes while trying to make a success of their late night cable show and put on the gig of a life time.
“Garth: Uhm, Wayne? What do you do if every time you see this one incredible woman, you think you’re gonna hurl?
Campbell: I say hurl. If you blow chunks and she comes back, she’s yours. But if you spew and she bolts, then it was never meant to be.”
Played by: Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto & William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy
Films: Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Star Trek III: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1984), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
Whether you’re and old school fan a new school fan or both, you can’t deny that wile these these two interstellar explorers are very different, each provides the perfect foil for the other.
“Spock: This is the new brig, Captain. It is escape-proof.
Kirk: How do you know?
Spock: The designers tested it using the most intelligent and resourceful person they could find. He failed to escape.
Kirk: This person didn’t by any chance have pointed ears and an unerring capacity for getting his shipmates into trouble, did he?
Spock: He did have pointed ears.“
Played by: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost
Film: Shaun of The Dead (2004)
Part of the joy of watching these two man-children take on a village full of zombies is knowing that they’re best friends in real life.
“Shaun: [about Ed] He’s not my boyfriend!
Ed: [handing beer to Shaun] It might be a bit warm, the cooler’s off.
Shaun: Thanks, babe.“
Played by: Robert Downey Jnr and Jude Law
Films: Sherlock Holmes (2009), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
While Holmes is obviously the investigative genius in this paring, he would be nowhere without Watson’s common sense and endless capacity for forgiveness. This is of course the only role that Law has ever managed to be sexy in.
Watson: Oh, how I’ve missed you, Holmes.
Holmes: Have you? Why? I’ve barely noticed your absence.
Played by: Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith
FIlms: Clerks (1994), Clerks II (2006), Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997), Dogma (1999), Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
A perment fixture in almost all of Kevin Smith’s films, one barely ever says a word and the other never shuts up and somehow you can’t imagine them ever being apart.
“Jay: Oh, Hi, I’m Jay and this is my hetero-life-mate, Silent Bob. “
Voiced by: Billy Crystal and John Goodman
Films: Monsters Inc (2001), Monsters University (2013)
Having now seen how these two first became friends, it makes their perfectly balanced partnership seem even more special.
Sulley: Yeah, like on “Monstropolis’ Most Wanted”?
Mike: Ha, ha, ha. You’ve been jealous of my good looks since the fourth grade, pal.”
Played by: John Travolta and Samuel L Jackson
Film: Pulp Fiction (1994)
Facing several situations of potential ruin these two mob hit men stick together through thick and thin.
“Jules: Oh, man, I will never forgive your ass for this shit. This is some fucked-up repugnant shit.
Vincent: Jules, did you ever hear the philosophy that once a man admits that he’s wrong that he is immediately forgiven for all wrongdoings? Have you ever heard that?
Jules: Get the fuck out my face with that shit! The motherfucker that said that shit never had to pick up itty-bitty pieces of skull on account of your dumb ass.
Vincent: I got a threshold, Jules. I got a threshold for the abuse that I will take. Now, right now, I’m a fuckin’ race car, right, and you got me the red. And I’m just sayin’, I’m just sayin’ that it’s fuckin’ dangerous to have a race car in the fuckin’ red. That’s all. I could blow.
Jules: Oh! Oh! You ready to blow?
Vincent: Yeah, I’m ready to blow.
Jules: Well, I’m a mushroom-cloud-layin’ motherfucker, motherfucker! Every time my fingers touch brain, I’m Superfly T.N.T., I’m the Guns of the Navarone! IN FACT, WHAT THE FUCK AM I DOIN’ IN THE BACK? YOU’RE THE MOTHERFUCKER WHO SHOULD BE ON BRAIN DETAIL! We’re fuckin’ switchin’! I’m washin’ the windows, and you’re pickin’ up this n*****’s skull!”
Played by: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Film: Dogma (1999)
These two angels trapped on earth have amazing banter… and also psychopathic tendencies.
“Loki: Well, it’s a lot more compact than the flaming sword, but it’s not nearly as impressive. Just doesn’t have that Wrath-of-the-Almighty edge to it. I mean, come on, how am I supposed to strike fear into the hearts of the wicked with this thing? Look at this…
Bartleby: Well, then, you know, don’t use a gun. Just lay the place to waste, like.
Loki: Easy for you to say. You get off light in razing. You got to stand there and read at Sodom and Gomorrah, I had to do all the work.
Bartleby: What work did you do? You lit a few fires.
Loki: I rained down sulphur, man, there’s a subtle difference.
Bartleby: Oh, yeah, I’m sure.
Loki: Hey, you know, fuck you, man. Any moron with a pack of matches can set a fire. Raining down sulphur is like an endurance trial man. Mass genocide is the most exhausting activity one can engage in, next to soccer.“
Played by: Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves
Films: Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989), Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)
Slacker stoners, Bill and Ted are quite obviously complete morons but somehow when put together they become a force to be reckoned with managing to outsmart several historical figures, evil forces from the future and of course… death.
Bill: If I die, you can have my Megadeth collection.
Ted: But, dude, we’re already .
Bill: Oh. Well then they’re yours, dude.“