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Romances is dead. Bro-love is the new glue that seems to be keep movies together these days. Bro-love does appear to be more of a TV thing (JD and Turk, Ted and Marshall, etc…), but there are some pretty good bromances sprinkled around cinema. I thought that I would select the top five of both modern and old movies. Bromances from across the years. If I have missed out one that deserves a shout, leave a comment below.

5 – AMERICAN PIE GANG

These friends hold together their respective American Pie movies. Wait, does this count as a bromance? It’s more of a Bro-Bang. Oh, that’s sweet. Screw it, I am making a separate article about Bro-Bangs. Rewind…

Romances are dead. Bro-love is the new glue that seems to be keep movies together these days. Bro-love does appear to be more of a TV thing (JD and Turk, Ted and Marshall, etc…), but there are some pretty good bromances sprinkled around cinema. I thought that I would select the top five of both modern and old movies. Bromances from across the years. If I have missed out one that deserves a shout, leave a comment below.

5 – SHAUN AND ED

Love is little more than a cup of tea and a cornetto.

Love is little more than a cup of tea and a cornetto.

The two protagonists in cult British comedy Shaun of the Dead were a brilliant example of a dysfunctional bromance – not dissimilar to recent comedy, Ted. Just by hanging out together, they are constantly getting in each other’s way. Shaun is unable to progress as a person (shown by his failing relationship with girlfriend, Liz), because Ed and the bromance are holding him back. Yet god, is that bromance fun!

Most of the time we see them just lazing around in their flat or down the local pub, but there is an instant chemistry between them. Part of that is the fact that Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the actors portraying the two characters, are so close in real life. There is just a close bond there, and the audience knows it as soon as we look at them. There is never a real moment, until they start saving each other from the zombies, where their bromance is stated for definite, but we just know the second we see them together. In a way, it is easy to see yourself as either Shaun or Ed and that is one of the things that made Shaun of the Dead such a successful movie.

4 – C3PO AND R2-D2

This is one for the Star Wars fans. At first sight, they don’t seem like the best bromance in the world. One doesn’t speak and the other complains constantly, using about his supposed buddy. But when you look at the timeline for the Star Wars universe, you must admit there is a pretty strong bond between two droids that have been together since Episode 2. There is a good moment in the first episode (yeah, a good moment in Phantom Menace – rare, but not unheard of), when C3PO and R2D2 meet for the first time. They do not part friends here, but it is a meeting that brought a smile to every fan’s face. It was a touching scene that should have been so much better, but sadly George Lucas wrote it. However, when Lucas writes something, you take what you can get from the film. Their friendship has lasted ages, several lifetimes in fact, making them a worthy contender for the best movie bromances.

3 – SETH AND EVAN

For the most part, Superbad is a pretty standard teen comedy. Two friends want to get laid at a party, so they bestow the task of finding the alcohol for the night. It leads to various mishaps, and of course, no sex whatsoever. The two friends, in question, are Jonah Hill and Michael Cera as Seth and Evan. They are life long buddies in their final year of high school and just enjoying being mates.

But when you leave, who else will I play caterpillar with?

But when you leave, who else will I play caterpillar with?

By the end of the film, there is a touching moment, when the two friends realise that this is their last adventure before they go off to different colleges (Evan is fairly clever, while Seth is a slacker). The final scenes of that film, when the two clash and then make up are something that most of us have gone through. We can totally relate to what the two characters are going through and the idea of that bromance breaking up is a pretty sobering note to end the movie on. But it does cement them in the list for my favourite movie bromances.

2 – KIRK AND SPOCK

This is one for the Trekkies.

You can see this as either the old Kirk and Spock or the Abrams reboot. Either works fine. The two characters are polar opposites, yet as the movies progress, they learn to use their differences to become one hell of a team. The best moments of the two Star Trek films are from the quick-firing banter from the two characters, when they stumble across a conflict of interests. You would think that the two characters disagreeing would have got old by now, but Abrams keeps it fresh. There is always a touching moment, when, despite his logical mind frame, he finds a way to see things from Kirk’s point of view. It makes for some great moments.

1 – SHERLOCK HOLMES AND DR. WATSON

But the best bromance of them all has to be Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in the reboot of Sherlock Holmes. The two of them are perfect onscreen and the chemistry there is excellent to watch. The thing with these two is that they are desperately trying to not be close friends. Holmes hates people and Watson knows that Holmes is destroying his relationship and social life. Like with Shaun of the Dead, they are bad for each other.

I say, Holmes, do we really need to be this close for you to do this?

I say, Holmes, do we really need to be this close for you to do this?

But they cannot keep themselves away. As much as he hates to admit it, Watson craves the adventure that can only be found, when battling enemies alongside Holmes. There are some great moments, when they obviously have something bromance-y on their mind, but the uptight Victorian social standards make them too manly to admit their friendship. There are some great awkward moments that just take the films from good to great. And that is the best thing about bromances. They are a positive effect on cinema.

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