Monday, March 23, 2009

A Manly Man’s Guide to Bromance Films

Funny, I think, but this might be a step in the right direction for men. At least we can now have male friendships and it's a good thing.

A Manly Man’s Guide to Bromance Films

From 'Brian's Song' to 'I Love You, Man,' we trace the lineage of the dudes' chick flick: the bromance

By David Walker
Special to MSN Movies

It's easy to dismiss "bromance" as just another way to describe male bonding, but there's more to it than that. The Urban Dictionary defines bromance as "the complicated love and affection shared by two straight males." And while it may be a relatively new term within the American vernacular, coined in the 1990s by writer Dave Carnie in the pages of Big Brother Magazine, bromantic relationships have been intricately woven into the fabric of art and pop culture for centuries. Shakespeare's "Othello" is about a failed bromance as much as anything else. Mark Twain's adventures of both Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer are brimming with bromantic sentiment. And one could even argue that da Vinci's "The Last Supper" is a painting of unbridled bromanticism.

"I Love You, Man," which hits theaters March 20, is the latest in a line of films that fully embrace bromantic relationships. Now that a term exists to adequately describe the complexity of non-sexual man-on-man love, people are fully beginning to see bromance for what it is. This is a process of acceptance that has been helped along by films like "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express" (from the current King of Bros, Judd Apatow), which are unabashed tales of bromance, while at the same time being just the most recent in a long line of tales of manly love.

To better understand bromance, and what it means for one man to truly love another man -- but not in the gay way (not that there's anything wrong with that) -- here are some of the greatest bromance films of all time.

Go look at the pictures of the films they mention, if you feel you must.

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