I finally got around to seeing Role Models this weekend, and it didn't disappoint. It was another installment to the bromantic comedy genre that has been perfected by Judd Apatow and his troupe, and Kevin Smith and his View Askew pals. After watching Role Models I was inspired to share my list of top 5 bromanitc comedies, which oddly enough contains a lot of Smith & Apatow flicks:
1. The 40 Year-Old Virgin: In a lot of ways Virgin is responsible for the wave of modern bromantic comedies mostly because it helped put Judd Apatow on the map (sure he had Freaks & Geeks and Undeclared, but those shows were cancelled for a reason). Sure, the majority of the plot revolves around Andy (Steve Carell) establishing a relationship with Trish (Catherine Keener), but it's Andy's relationship with his bros that steals the show. His new found buddies are dedicated to helping a brother out by helping him get laid, but in the end they have his back, and help him realize that he's on the right track with Trish. Classic bromance.
2. Dogma: The addition of Kevin Smith's 1999 fallen angel flick may seem out of place, but when you take away the whole negating existence plot, there is a heap of bromance going on. First, you have the bromantic IT couple of the 90s, Ben Affleck (Bartleby) & Matt Damon (Loki), playing the fallen angels who really do act like a couple throughout the picture. Then, there's hetero-lifemates Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) along for the ride. One of the best bromance moments happens when Loki punches Jay, which incurs Silent Bob's wrath. Nobody messes with Lunchbox's little buddy.
3. Ocean's Eleven (2001): Again, this Clooney vehicle may not fit in the bromantic comedy mold, but look deeper. Danny Ocean (George Clooney) and Rusty Ryan (Brad Pitt) share a bond that transcends common friendship. They know each other inside and out, they can sense what the other is thinking, and they can communicate without speaking. Danny & Rusty's relationship is stronger than the ones they share with their respective ladies, which is probably why it was easy to write them out of Ocean's Thirteen...the franchise was built on their bromance so much that the women were afterthoughts.
4. Forgetting Sarah Marshall: Again, the majority of this film doesn't focus on the bromantic elements, but they do make the movie memorable. For once, Paul Rudd is not the bromantic lead to Jason Segel's Peter Bretter, but it's a handful of minor characters that really shine, especially Dwayne the Bartender (Davon McDonald) who sticks up for Peter to Rachel (Mila Kunis). I also love the group hug they share before Peter heads back to the mainland. Tear.
5. Role Models: Maybe it's because I just watched this movie, and it was the inspiration for this list, but I really liked this one. Maybe it's because I can relate to these characters more than i could with those in other movies like Knocked Up or Superbad. You can tell Wheeler (Seann William Scott) truly sees Danny (Paul Rudd) as a close friend even though the sentiment is not reciprocated at first. Of course, Danny comes around when Wheeler proves to him that he'll always be there for him no matter how mopey and negative he is...the sign of a true bro.
There are tons of other bromantic comedies out there that didn't make the list, but these are the ones that resonated the most with me. Plus, I have other things to do you know...kinda