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The 5 Bromances That Make You Want to Cry Most

Firefilm | 24 Jun 2015 19:00
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DISCLAIMER: This is not a series dedicated to proving men shouldn't cry, or to suggest ONLY women cry and are therefore inferior. The goal of this series is to dispel the pre-established (yet flawed) notion that being "manly" and being disconnected from your emotions go hand-in-hand. Even the most macho of men enjoy and even shed a tear at films, and the sooner we can admit that the sooner the concept that one sex is better than the other can go away. While the approach to these articles is one of light-hearted comedy, the emotional core is valid. While men might be more hesitant to admit it, movies often times have the potential to make us cry, for example:

"Bromance"

I think the term "bromance" is one of the healthiest additions to the gender landscape in a long time. Unlike feminism or more potentially militant movements (I said potentially, calm down), bromance is a purely positive entity. You can't have bromance extremists because the very concept doesn't make sense. To establish heterosexual males as so comfortable in their friendship with another guy that romance can even be joked about without being threatening is remarkable. Guys have been socially pressured not to admit how much they care about their fellow male friends, and so to transcend to this level where it's not only spoken about but embraced can only improve the world. When you display that transcendence in film? Magic happens.

1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

This is a bromance three-way! Kirk, Spock, and Bones exhibit some of the finest love-hate behavior that pop culture has ever created. Spock doesn't like that the others don't follow the rules, Kirk doesn't like being told what to do, Bones doesn't like anyone. Ultimately the three of them respect each other so much it's heartwarming, which makes it all the more heartbreaking in this film when one of them dies. (It's been long enough, deal with the spoilers).

Spock knows he's going to die, and the first thing he does is pass on his soul to Bones. Good gravy, the intimacy and trust that exists between them to allow that with a straight face. Then the infamous scene where Spock is dying, and some of his last words are that he and Kirk are friends. That moment is what cements this film as the best of the franchise, and a shining example of a true bromance.

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