There's nothing like palpable chemistry on the big screen -- and I'm not talking about only the passionate kind, that je ne sais quoi that makes Mullholland Drive a go-to for steamy interludes. I'm also referring to the platonic manifestation: cinematic friendships. Grab two actors with great camaraderie, and almost nothing can defeat them -- not a bad script, shoddy co-stars, or mediocre directors.
In praise of film friendships in the wake of Rudo & Cursi, The Guardian wonders which friends should be reunited on the big screen. The piece intermingles romantic connections with platonic friendships, and I can't say I blame them. For the most part, the duos we love seem to have a close friendship as much as a fiery romance -- think couples from Tracy and Hepburn to Delpy and Hawke. These duos wouldn't be half as loved if not for that spark of admiration and true interest the radiates between them.
But who else has captured your movie-going heart? More than anyone else, I'd love more Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor interludes, and never completely stop mourning the fact that we'll never get another See No Evil, Hear No Evil or Silver Streak. But Gene and Richard are only the tip of a large iceberg. What about Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen, Uma Thurman and Maria De Maderos, Eric Roberts and Mickey Rourke, Matthew Broderick and Alan Ruck, or ... ? What friendly cinematic reunion are you waiting for?