The 10 Greatest "Buddy" Combos in Cinema
Whether working together or towards each others destruction, these cinematic combos deserve mention for what they mean to the movies...and us.
There have always been prescient pairings in motion pictures. From Laurel and Hardy to Abbott and Costello, the Thin Man and his wife and/or King Kong vs. Godzilla, twosomes tend to dominate the co-star conundrum. Extrapolate it out to three (as in Stooges) or four (as in Marx Brothers) and you still can find the value in numbers. When Hope and Crosby hit the various roads of their many movie adventures, it wasn't the storyline that kept audiences in stitches. Instead, the setting was merely a mandatory backdrop for the clever cut ups to do what they do best. The same could be said for the current variation on the theme - the buddy movie. From mismatched cops to diametrically opposed lovers, the concept of putting contradictory individuals together to "see what happens" has long been a staple of the cinematic storehouse.
With the home video release of the interesting indie effort All Superheroes Must Die this week, it's time to look back and really dig into and discuss the duo dynamic. As usual, some caveats. We have specifically avoided the well known efforts like Lethal Weapon, Midnight Run, anything featuring Bill and Ted, or any offering where an animal is a costar (we're looking at you, K9 and Turner and Hooch). We've also expanded the definition a bit to allow for instances where more than one partner causes the problems. Finally, we've tried to steer clear of those instances where everything between the pair is sunshine, lollipops, and SOP rainbows. What's fun about arguing over colleagues who get along? Hopefully, we've picked some unusual examples to make the topic a little more tolerable, though we couldn't help ourselves with the pick at number ten here. It's a real era-specific artifact...