I have a confession. I love bromances. I don’t love the word, I think it’s stupid, but I do love deep relationships between two men, whether they’re brothers or partners or old friends. I don’t know why, really. I dig intensity, and I’m sure that’s part of it. You know the movie Blast from the Past with Brendan Fraser? He was kind of a doof. But when he blows on Heather’s knee and gives her that look, it makes me shivery. The only scene I remember of Dudley Do-Right is when he’s on a motorcycle and wearing black leather and once again giving that look. *shiver*
Anyway. Intensity. I dig it. So I really dig shows like Prison Break that give good-looking guys who care a lot about each other a reason to be all intense. I love the Sherlock Holmes movies because of the chemistry between Downey and Law, and so on. But intensity can’t be the only reason. I dug deeper and decided that maybe the reason it’s so appealing to me is because it’s not something that’s ever been part of my life. I have two brothers, but they have different mothers and didn’t grow up together. My dad’s brothers lived far away. I had a lot of guy friends in high school and college, but now? Not so much. So part of it is probably the appeal of something not part of my life that I kinda wish could be. (Just like trips to tropical beaches and season passes at Gillette Stadium.)
Lucky for me, this seems to be the Age of the Bromance. Oh, they go way back, of course. Remember the Lethal Weapon movies? Back then they called them buddy cop movies, but the movie’s center was always the relationship between the partners. Then we had Lord of the Rings, about the truest, deepest, most sacrificing of friendships—not just Frodo and Sam, but seven other guys ready to die for each other. After that came a succession of movies and TV shows like the aforementioned Prison Break, Numb3rs, and my all-time favorite, Supernatural.
Today I went to a movie that was a romantic comedy in which the female lead was almost superfluous. This Means War focuses on spy partners Tuck and FDR, aka Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, guys who will fight and die for each other and have no problem saying “I love you” with sincerity, not just an awkward back thump. The trailer looked funny, which was really all I needed, despite People magazine’s reviewer discussing the creepiness of Tuck’s and FDR’s illegal surveillance teams watching Lauren (Reese Witherspoon, one of my favorite actresses) when she doesn’t know it. (The reviewer was right, but it didn’t ruin the movie.) The end of the film gave the romantic black moment and resolution very short shrift, something that would have really bothered me in a normal romantic comedy.
But the bromance conflict was really the point, and these guys did it well. Imagine Mr. and Mrs. Smith without the ridiculous extremes. The guys’ chemistry was great, they were both yummy (though all three leads were WAY too skinny), and Chris Pine is a gifted comedic actor. I left pretty satisfied, though overcome by an urge to watch Star Trek again…another film filled with strong male relationships.
I’m all about falling in love. I’m a romance author! And I read and write very little that’s not romance. But I am so very happy that for once, the rest of the world seems in lockstep with me, and is giving me so much delicious bromantic entertainment.
How do you feel about bromances? Who’s your favorite non-romantic male couple?