Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and that’s got me thinking of eating myself into a stupor and watching football (specifically, my University of Texas Football Longhorns versus the ne’er-do-wells from Texas Agricultural & Mechanical).
But there aren’t very many movies about food comas and meat sweats (they’re real — I’ve seen them), so this post is about unlikely friendships: Pilgrims and Indians, Magnum and Higgins, cats and dogs, living together — mass hysteria!
Beverly Hills Cop
A streetwise narcotics detective from Detroit teams up with two soft cops from Beverly Hills to take on a crime syndicate. Crazy antics, and a tremendous theme song, ensue.
Apollo Creed helps Rocky train to beat Clubber Lang. Two formerly bitter enemies end up cavorting on the beach in shorty shorts and really high socks. It’s almost as if it’s a modern retelling of the first Thanksgiving.
The Adventures of Milo and Otis
If you read the subtle undertones of this movie, I think you’ll see that Milo and Otis are actually not friends, but frenemies. They’re just like Paris and Nicole.
The Princess Bride
A master swordsman and a giant eventually befriend an ex-pirate after failing to kill him. Most of my friendships are based on an inability to kill the other person.
Tango & Cash
Two cops: one a nattily dressed sophisticate, the other a blue collar slob, team up to fight crime. When I started thinking about this list, I realized that there are 800 cop movies with unlikely friendships. I included this one because I like the idea of Jack Palance as a drug kingpin.
A neurotic, depressed writer and his party animal former college roommate booze their way through Napa.
For even more odd pairings, check out our Unlikely Friendships list.