The Heat, a buddy cop movie starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, opened this past weekend to warm reviews. Despite the movie’s predictability, critics and moviegoers enjoyed the humor and chemistry between Bullock and McCarthy. No matter how many stars the movie received, The Heat is groundbreaking in the sense that it is the first “bromance” movie to feature two female characters. In light of this event, Emily and I thought we would recall some of our favorite buddy films. Here are my top 5 on screen bromances:
I think this proves once and for all that a bromance doesn’t only exist between two men. Throughout this movie, Hanks’ character, the coach of an all girl’s major league baseball team, and Davis’ character, the star of that team, treat each other as equals. They share a deep love for the game of baseball, and they each help each other in difficult times. Their relationship also shows that not every male/female relationship has to be romantic. Instead, their relationship shows how important it is to have good and honest friends.
2. Cory Matthews and Shawn Hunter in Boy Meets World
Okay, so this was a children’s TV show in the 90s, but I am confident that every other child of the 90s knows who I’m talking about. Though in middle school and high school for most of the show, these boys demonstrate a bond of friendship that helps them through years of getting into trouble, surviving school, figuring out relationships, and growing up. This bromance is unique because it traces the development of Cory and Shawn’s relationship from childhood to adulthood, and the show maps out how their friendships grows and changes as they get older. Plus, they had some pretty funny times.
So everybody loves this movie. It’s clever and quirky, just like its stars George Clooney and Brad Pitt. The repartee flows flawlessly and Clooney and Pitt deliver their lines so effortlessly sometimes it feels like only one person is speaking. They are just so synced. Besides, what is a better proof of friendship than robbing a casino just to help your BFF get his wife back?
4. Miguel and Tulio in The Road to El Dorado:
They may be animated, but that does not take away from the humor of these two. Their friendship transcends oceans and wild jungles and mountains of gold. I like their relationship because it isn’t always rock solid. At one point in the movie they almost part ways forever, but friendships calls them back to each other. Miguel and Tulio show that you can’t pull off your greatest adventure without your best friend by your side.
This show was a brilliantly refreshing take on the relationship between King Arthur and his “old” wise magician advisor Merlin. First of all, in this show Merlin is not old; he is a boy Arthur’s age. Second, Arthur is born a prince without having to unite any kingdoms to come into his throne. Arthur starts off as a spoiled brat and Merlin is his servant. Throughout five seasons Arthur develops into the noble king he is famed to be and Merlin comes to care for him deeply after saving his life many times. Merlin is perhaps the best example of a best friend on this list. He must hide his ability to use magic, which means he never gets credit for how many times he saves Arthur’s life. But he whole-heartedly believes in Arthur’s goodness and always supports and encourages him, especially when Arthur doubts himself. He does not seek recognition for his own abilities, but he work tirelessly to take care of his friend.