Best Buddy Movies - Part 11

Posted on 1 Apr 00:00

One of the many popular leisure time activities is watching movies. Films are a fun and easy way to enjoy free time. Buddy films is among one of the popular genres to chose from. They portray friendships that encompass love, betrayal, and run the full gamut of emotions and deeds. In the past century, the buddy films would be short, and the themes would not be explored fully. Today, the entertainment industry fully explore and depict the complexities and plots of  buddy movies that last and hour and beyond in length, Below are seven films that explore the buddy film genre.

1.  Role Models (2008)

Plot: This film centers on two salesmen, Danny and Wheeler. They are promoting Dinotaur, an energy drink that is supposed to help children keep off drugs. The two salesmen work together but are very different characters.  Wheeler loves the sales job, while Danny does not, and views it as pointless. Wheeler thrives in the job. Danny, on the other hand, gets worse as time passes. The duo promotes the drink at a school presentation and parks the truck in the no-parking zone. When they go to the truck, it is being towed away from the no-parking zone. Danny gets into the truck, drives recklessly, and narrowly misses hitting a security guard, and he knocks over a statue. Consequently, Danny and Wheeler are arrested and charged with recklessness. They are given community service mentoring a couple of troubled teenagers which results in mutual growth and maturing of everyone.

Director: 'Role Models' was directed by David Wain.

Main Cast: Seann William Scott (as Wheeler), Paul Rudd (as Danny), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (as Augie), and Bobb'e J. Thompson (as Ronnie).

Commercial Success: 'Role Models' was a tremendous commercial success. It was planned and released on a budget of $28 million, it grossed total revenue of $92.8 million.

Awards and Nominations: This movie was a modest critical success. In their review conducted at the year-end, IGN reviews awarded the 2008 Role Models film the Best Comedy Film of 2008. Besides, Eye Weekly chose the 'Role Models' movie as one of the best films of 2008.

2.  The Adventure of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)

Plot: This film is about two drag queens and a transgender character traveling in a tour bus (called Priscilla) from Sydney to Alice Springs across the Australian Outback. En route, the trio encounter various people and groups, each encounter resulting in interesting and strange events.

Director: Stephan Elliot.

Main Cast: The main cast’s members included Terence Stamp (as Bernadette Passenger), Hugo Weaving (as Anthony ‘Tick’ Belrose/Mitzi Del Bra), Guy Pearce (as Adam Whitely/Felicia Jollygoodfellow), and Bill Hunter (as Robert ‘Bob’ Spart).

Commercial Success: 'The Adventures of Priscilla, the Queen of Deser't film was a great commercial success. It had a budget of $2 million and grossed $29.7 million worldwide.

Awards and Nominations: This movie was a surprise hit for audiences, receiving many positive reviews from critics and garnering accolades. At the 67th Academy Awards, the film was awarded an Academy Award for Best Costume Design. At the 1994 Cannes Festival, it received screening in the Un Certain Regard section, making it earn a cult following in Australia and worldwide. Its tremendous success led to the release of the Priscilla, Queen of the Desert musical, which was released in 2006 in Sydney and later traveled to New Zealand, Great Britain, Canada, and Broadway. AACTA Awards nominated the film for various awards. It won two, Best Costume Design (Tim Chappel) and Best Production Design Owen Paterson. It also won a BAFTA Award (Best Makeup and Hair for Cassie Hanlon and Strykermeyer).

3.  Thelma & Louise (1991)

Plot:  Best friends Louise Sawyer and Thelma Dickson live dreary lives in Arkansas and decide to take a break from this life. The ditzy Thelma is a housewife with a disrespectful carpet salesman as the husband, while the sharp-tongued Louise is a waitress in a diner. The two friends go fishing. While in a bar, a man tries to rape Thelma. Seeing this, Louise is enraged and kills the man. Thelma and Louise decide to flee to Mexico resulting in a large manhunt for the two women.

Director: Ridley Scott.

Main Cast: This film's principal cast members; Susan Sarandon (as Louise Sawyer), Geena Davis (as Thelma Dickinson), Harvey Keitel (as Detective Hal Slocumb), and Michael Madsen (as Jimmy).

Commercial Success: This film was a box office hit and a tremendous commercial success. Its production cost $16.4 million, it grossed $45.4 million worldwide.

Awards and Nominations: As part of the Modern Classic Series, the British Films had a book about Thelma and Louise film published in 2000. The movie received five Academy Award nominations for Best Director (Ridley Scott), Best Original Screenplay (Callie Khouri), Best Actress (Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon), Best Cinematography (Adrian Biddle), and Best Editing  (Thom Noble). It won the Best Original Screenplay Award. Besides, Thelma and Louise film received three Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Screenplay (Callie Khouri), Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon). The BAFTA Awards also nominated the movie for awards, including Best Film (Ridley Scott and Mimi Polk Gitlin), Best Direction (Ridley Scott), Best Original Screenplay (Callie Khouri), and Best Actress (Geena Davis  & Susan Sarandon).

4.  Swiss Army Man (2016)

Plot: This film’s plot portrays an unconventional friendship between a man and a corpse. Hank is lost on an island, where he feels devastated and lonely. He constantly thinks of suicide, and he is close to the act. While in this state of despair with a rope hanging, he spots a dead body floating ashore on the desert island. Although the body is dead, it’s flatulent which works to Hank’s advantage. He reels in the corpse, and names it Manny and proceeds to drag the corpse into the desert. Finally, he has a companion. Hank manipulates the cadaver like a Swiss Army knife, hence the film’s name 'Swiss Army Man'.

Director: Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert.

Main Cast: Paul Dano (as Hank Thompson), Daniel Radcliffe (as Manny), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (as Sarah Johnson), and Timothy Eulich (as Preston).

Commercial Success: the movie was a moderate commercial success, grossing $5.8 million on a budget of $3 million.

Awards and Nominations: This movie won several awards and nominations. At the Sundance Film Festival, Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert won the Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic. The movie also received three awards and one nomination at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival that took place on July 9, 2016. The awards were the Audience Award, Best Production Design for Jason Kisvarday, and the International Critic's Award. The nomination was the Narcisse Award for Best Film given to the Swiss Army Man. Other nominations included the Independent Spirits Best First Feature Award nomination n for Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, Lauren Mann, Amanda Marshall, Eyal Rimmon, and Jonathan Wang.

5.  Maverick (1994)

Plot: Maverick, is a superb gambler who is optimistic about joining a poker contest that promises him a large payoff. The game's entry fee is $25,000, and Maverick is short $3,000. In an attempt to get the $3,000, he travels to Crystal River, where he is to collect his debts from those owing him and playing card games. Maverick encounters many twists and turns along the way of gathering the money he needs to enter the contest for the larger prize. Even the final competition proves to be full of plot twists. 

Director:  'Maverick' was directed by Richard Donner.

Main Cast: Mel Gibson (as Bret Maverick), Jodie Foster (as Annabelle Bransford), James Garner (as Zane Cooper), and Graham Greene (as Joseph).

Commercial Success: the movie was both a tremendous commercial and a box office hit. Its entire budget added up to $75 million, and the film grossed $183 million worldwide.

Awards and Nominations: This movie received one award, the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

6.  City Slickers (1991)

Plot: This movie portrays three friends who face a mid-life crisis. Every year, the trio take a trip and leave behind their wives. For this year’s trip, the three, Phil, Ed, and Mitch, go to the Southwest for a supervised cattle drive as part of their trip. Curly is the cowboy in charge of the three men. Unbeknown to them, their trip turns out perilous and is twists-laden. In the process, they bond more than ever, which helps them overcome their fear of aging.

Director: the 1991 City Slickers movie was directed by Ron Underwood.

Main Cast: Billy Crystal (as Mitch Robbins), Daniel Stern (as Phil Berquist), Bruno Kirby (as Ed Furillo), Jack Palance (as Curly) and Patricia Wettig (as Barbara Robbins).

Commercial Success: This movie was a tremendous critical success. At the box office, it earned $180 million gross on a budget of $26 million.

Awards and Nominations: At the 1992 Academy Award, Jack Palance was nominated for Best Supporting Actor, while Palance and Crystal were nominated for the Golden Globe Best Supporting Actor Award. Palance won the two awards. Bravo’s ‘100 Funniest Movies’ list and number the AFI's 100 Years... 100 Laughs list both recognized the movie, ranking it 73rd and 86th, respectively.

7.  Step Brothers (2008)

Plot: At the center of this is two grown men, Huff and Dale. They are friends and both are both lazy and live with their parents. Huff's mother and Dale's father marry and move in together. Great rivals and narcissitic, the two boys tear apart the new family. However, soon they are compelled to work together to reunite their parents.

Director: Adam McKay.

Main Cast: Will Ferrell (as Brennan Huff), John C. Reilly (as Dale Doback), Mary Steenburgen (as Nancy Huff), and Richard Jenkins (as Dr. Robert Doback).

Commercial Success: 'Step Brothers' was a commercial success and a box office hit, grossing $128.1 million on a $65 million budget.

Awards and Nominations: At the 2009 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, John Brion won the Top Office Box Films ASCAP Awards. The film also won a Best Comedy Poster Golden Trail Award. Richard Jenkins won a Special award at the 2008 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards.


These are just a few buddy films that are popular and well received by audiences worldwide.

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