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8 Adorable Film Partnerships That Will Make You Want To Call Your Best Friend

By Joanna Robinson | Lists | August 23, 2013 |

By Joanna Robinson | Lists | August 23, 2013 |

I know you’re all going to be quite busy today filling up on pints and seeing the best damn movie of the summer. Trust us, just go see it. While you’re watching The World’s End and the jokes are zinging past and the pathos is subtly creeping in, take a minute and appreciate just how goddamn delightful it is to watch two real-life friends play up there on the big screen. When the friendship is real, the obvious, joyful chemistry is downright infectious. Here’s a brief and by no means comprehensive list of other on-screen pairings that give you the warm fuzzy friend tingles. I skipped the more romantic couplings because that’s a different kind of tingle altogether (ahem, Gosling and Stone, good god DAMN). I also only picked those partnerships that span more than one film franchise. Otherwise, this list would be dominated by my love for these cats…

…and these kittens.

So now that I’ve exhausted what this list is not, here’s what it is. Read it over a pint on your way to the theater. TRUST US.

Paul Newman and Robert Redford: The Butch and Sundance pairing is one of the finest in film history, but these two spark just as brightly in The Sting. It’s a pity they didn’t work together more often.

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson: On the one hand, the rumored Zoolander sequel is a terrible idea. I’m not sure you can recapture that delicious lighting in a bottle. On the other hand, anyone who doesn’t embrace Hansel and Derek as one of the best on-screen pairings can derelick my balls. Stiller and Wilson don’t work together as much as they used to, but Wilson’s molasses delivery always brought out the best in Stiller.

Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor: Though friendly, apparently Wilder and Pyror weren’t as close as they could have been due in large part to the latter’s issues with drug abuse. But you wouldn’t know it from the four giddy comedies they made together.

Brad Pitt And George Clooney: Ah, the fact that these two worked together in Burn After Reading means they just squeaked by the arbitrary rules I set up for myself. Of course these two are best friends, of course they are. Who else would understand the burden of being that handsome, rich and charming? Though the Oceans franchise was fueled by their affable, frat boy brotherhood, it’s on the red carpet that these two seem to have the most fun. Work together more, please, and often.
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Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant: I know I said I wasn’t including romantic couplings but I never got the knee-quaking trembles from these two. They just always seemed…matey. Especially when compared to the pop fizz of other screwball partners like Powell and Loy or, especially, to the roaring fire of Hepburn and her real-life love Spencer Tracy. No Grant and Hepburn just always seemed to be palling around be it with leopards, tumbling or Stewarts. One thing is for certain, they were always having fun.

James Franco And Seth Rogen: You could probably pick any combination of the Apatow kids and get a similar warm, gooey vibe. But Pineapple Express is a movie that sadly didn’t work on SO many levels and was only saved in part by the chemistry between Rogen and Franco. The fact that they resurrected that relationship in spoof form for This Is The End only makes me love them more.

Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau: These two worked together for 32 years. That’s longer than I’ve been alive. I cannot even fathom liking someone enough to work with them for that long. And even if most of their movies were variations on a theme, it was an amazing theme. We were lucky to have them.

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (and Edgar Wright): Nick Frost famously got his start in acting because his mate Simon Pegg wanted to spend more time with him. So he asked him to come work on his show “Spaced.” And, lo, something beautiful was born. But lest you think the magic hinges on just these two, it’s worth mentioning that writer/director Edgar Wright is absolutely required to make the whole thing swing. (See the not-quite-as-good Paul for evidence.) I’ll be absolutely crushed if The World’s End is the last we see from these three. They promise it’s not and I plan to hold them to it.
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