There’s no genre more sentimental than the buddy movie. These films’ cozy pleasures feel as comfortable and familiar as a favorite sweater: the mismatched pair, the harrowing journey, the begrudging admiration. It can be easy to forget how much drama, fun and pure mayhem the best buddy movies unleash. Any one of these ten classics will remind you.
Sometimes it does take two to make a thing go right. Our picks for the top ten buddy films of all time are all chosen as archetypes of what to do–and in some cases what not to do–when your friend needs some back up.
On the eve of a new Paul Giamatti comedy, COLD SOULS (opens 8/7), and with Sam Rockwell’s MOON in theatres now, I decided to return to an early comedy for these talented actors. It’s SAFE MEN (1998), the first film from writer-director John Hamburg, and it’s … well, it’s the Father of Bromance.
Okay, I should say the Father of Modern Bromance. A simple google search got me to the history of the bromance, wherein references to Han and Chewie and Felix and Oscar (bromance amongst all bromances) set me straight. (See IGN.com’s top ten bromance couples here.) Although – side note – they clearly understand bromance as synonomous to The Buddy Film; I understand it more as The Buddy Comedy. And Modern Bromance? 90s-inspired, Apatow-flavored man-love? The general public may think the Apatow craze spawned movies this summer like (Hamburg’s) I LOVE YOU, MAN and HUMP DAY, but I contend it all started with SAFE MEN.