One of the most beloved subgenres in all of cinema is buddy comedy. Movies sometimes combine characters who are a perfect match for each other, polar opposites in some way that meet in an unlikely friendship at the end of the movie. Sometimes “friends” start the movie as friends, whose bond is tested throughout its runtime.
But what all buddy comedies have in common is great chemistry between the main characters, a great sense of humor, and a sincere appreciation for the importance of friendship.
10 Classic: planes, trains and cars
Some consider the 1980s to be the heyday of buddy comedies, and John Hughes Planes, trains and automobiles is a big reason why. Steve Martin plays marketing executive Neal Page, who is trying to get home to his family for Thanksgiving. A series of unfortunate events, including a chance encounter with Del Griffith, an ill-mannered shower ring salesman played by John Candy, leaves him stranded in Wichita, Kansas.
The two decide to go on tour together, as Del and Neal head to Chicago. The result is an instant classic from a movie that still stands to this day.
9 Underrated: nothing to lose
In 1997 Nothing to lose, Tim Robbins plays Nick, a businessman who discovers that his wife is having an affair with her boss. When a car thief played by Martin Lawrence tries to stop him, he instead takes him for a ride. The two develop an unexpected bond and decide to get revenge on Nick’s boss.
The film was a critical failure, but highly appreciated by audiences, which explains its 28% Critical Score but 68% Viewership on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s fun all the time, and Robbins and Lawrence make a weird and nice couple.
8 Classic: Analyze This
From 1999 Analyze this pairs Robert De Niro and Billy Crystal as a mobster and his psychiatrist who struggles to treat him. The film is directed by Harold Ramis, who co-wrote the script with acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Kenneth Lonergan, and is still considered one of the great buddy comedies of all time.
Interestingly, the premise of the film, a mobster going to therapy for his anxiety attacks, was also the main hook of the film. Sopranos pilot, which premiered just seven weeks earlier Analyze this he left.
7 Underrated: Father’s Day
1997 Father’s day It stars Billy Crystal and Robin Williams as two completely different men who are said to be the father of their common ex-girlfriend’s son, who has run away from home. They hit the road to find it and, of course, chaos ensued.
Father’s day is one of the most notorious failures in the history of modern cinema, despite being quite funny and entertaining. Crystal and Williams are, of course, legendary talents and despite a somewhat disappointing script, their banter and chemistry make Father’s day well worth seeing.
6 Classic: dumb and dumb
The first Farrelly brothers film, Dumb and dumb, hit theaters in 1994, the year Jim Carrey became a superstar with roles in The mask Y Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Carrey and Jeff Daniels play Lloyd and Harry, two best friends who travel to Aspen, Colorado, to return a suitcase to one of the passengers in Lloyd’s limousine. Little do they know, the suitcase is part of a sinister kidnapping plot.
As lightly colored as the film’s humor, Daniels and Carrey bring an endearing innocence to their roles, playing Dumb and dumb a big-hearted comedy that audiences still enjoy to this day.
5 Underrated: The Nice Guys
Screenwriter and director Shane Black is most famous for writing the Lethal weapon movies, which are staples of the cop buddy genre. From 2016 The good guys is a hilarious action comedy about a private detective (Ryan Gosling) and a rambunctious enforcer (Russell Crowe), whose investigation leads them to infiltrate a world of violence.
Gosling and Crowe are great and the movie combines genuine emotions with great laughs. It was a modest success, but it deserved better box office numbers and more award consideration.
4 Classic: Friday
Debut in director F. Gary Gray’s feature film, Friday, Follow Craig Jones for a 24 hour period. You have recently been laid off from your job, your rent is past due, and your best friend, Smokey, has debts to pay off to some dangerous people.
Though it’s a stoner comedy at heart, Friday He’s also known for a particularly intense fight scene between Craig and Deebo, the neighborhood bully. Ice Cube and Chris Tucker carry the film, which is still relevant 26 years after its release.
3 Underrated: the heat
In 2013, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy were the two most popular actresses in Hollywood, so combining them into a buddy comedy was a no-brainer. The result: The heat, in which Bullock and McCarthy play a no-nonsense FBI agent and a short-tempered detective who must work together to take down a local drug lord.
The film was a box office success after its release, but it hasn’t held up as long as it should. Bullock and McCarthy are still A-listers, but they’re not where they were in 2013, which may explain why. The heat it has lost some of its cultural prestige. It’s a cool genre nonetheless, and younger audiences who missed it eight years ago should definitely check it out.
two Classic: sideways
Paul Giamatti is still known to many as “the guy who hates Merlot”, thanks to his unforgettable performance in 2004. Oblique. Giamatti plays Miles, a depressed professor and struggling novelist who invites his soon-to-be-married friend Jack to spend a week in wine country before their wedding.
Jack’s womanizing ways turn things, well, “sideways,” and their friendship is put to the test over the course of the tumultuous week. Oblique it was nominated for five Academy Awards and won for Best Adapted Screenplay, although Giamatti was excluded from a nomination for this performance.
1 Underrated: black sheep
Chris Farley and David Spade took advantage of their chemistry in Saturday night live in two feature films before Farley’s tragic death in 1997. The first, Tommy boy It’s a minor classic in its own right, but the follow-up, Black sheep, it was not so well received. Spade plays an aide to Chris Donnelly, a gubernatorial candidate, who hires him to stop his brother Mike, played by Farley, from destroying his candidacy.
Although it may be a film less than Tommy boy Black sheep even more so that it offers the products as a comedy of friends of antics, and deserves more attention than it has received over the years.
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