Fighting for Friendship

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Step Brothers movie image Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly

When you spend enough time around the same person, disagreements are bound to happen. While most manifest themselves into verbal disputes, it is not uncommon for a physical fight to take its place – especially when alcohol and girls are thrown in the mix.  Whilst enjoying a hardy brew in honor of the patron Saint of Ireland this weekend, the verbal spars with my roommate were exchanged for a couple of fists. It was bound to happen.

After almost a year of living on top of each other and shoving  millions of backhanded comments aside, a fight was really all that was left. Granted, there were probably other ways we could have solved our issues, and I certainly don’t condone physical violence, but sometimes a fight is really just the better fix. Though the fight lasted only 15 seconds and neither of us were left with more than a cut above an eye or a few bruised ribs, the significance was major. It meant that we were really close friends.

About 10 minutes after the fight, I caught up with him on the subway platform. I expressed my grievances as logically as someone can on St. Patty’s eve, and he did the same. We hugged, went back to the apartment, passed out, and had brunch the next morning. The air was cleared and I can honestly say our friendship is closer. Now you might say that this is impossible and fights serve no purpose, but look at these duos and then try to question my logic.

Toy Story: Woody and Buzz Lightyear

We know the story. Woody is the favored toy of Andy until his mom buys him Buzz Lightyear. The two naturally do not get along, and thus begins a series of epic fights between them. While I concede that their story is slightly different from mine, as neither of us are toys that are used like puppets throughout the day until we get our freedom at night (wait a minute…), the similarities are there. Just as Woody and Buzz were seeking the affections of one particular person, so were we. Woody and Buzz were forced to spend tons of time together in a small space – same here. They had to brawl in a venue outside of their home to become better friends – well, look at that.

As much as we want to believe that Woody and Buzz would have naturally become best pals, I think it is pretty safe to say that if it hadn’t been for the fight, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” would not have been the choice song for the movie.

Step Brothers: Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly

Two adult children are forced to live with one another as their respective parents become romantically involved. They share verbal spars escalating into an all-out brawl involving a golf club, a German Shepard, a fire hose, some nudity, and a drum set. What happens at the end? Did they become best friends? Sure as hell they did.

Best Pre-fight Quote:

Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell) to Dale Doback (John C. Reilly): “I’m going to take a pillowcase and fill it full of bars of soap and beat the S#%& out of you!”

Best Post-Fight Quote

Brennan Huff: “Listen, I know that we started out as foe… But maybe someday we could become friends. Friends who ride majestic, translucent steeds, shooting flaming arrows across the bridge of Hemdale.”

Dale Doback: “I would follow you into the mists of Avalon if that’s what you mean.”

Monsters University: Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan

While it is still unclear exactly where the fights will happen in the prequel to the famous Monsters Inc., according to IMDB’s plot description we know there are bound to be some. The film is, “A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University — when they weren’t necessarily the best of friends.” Could their fights prompt a reimagining of the original? Absolutely not.

If for some reason you are still in doubt about the logic of fighting and friendships, here is just a small list of films that might help:

Bride Wars (defeats the gender bias)

Dude Where’s My Car (defeats the idiocy bias)

Lethal Weapon (defeats the race bias)

Harold and Kumar go to White Castle (defeats the substance bias)

Grumpy Old Men (defeats the age bias)

So there is my logical breakdown of how a fight between friends can lead to better things.  Feel free to use the comments section below to express your opinions on the matter, and don’t forget to vote in today’s poll.

Which of these films about best friends is your favorite?

Easy Rider

Bride Wars

Wayne’s World

Toy Story

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