So-called buddy movies are rarely, if ever, movies about people who start out as best friends. Usually they're about a pair of mismatched personalities who are forced to work together for plot-related reasons, often with hilarious results. With recent example Central Intelligence hitting Sky Cinema this week, we've assembled a list of the 7 funniest buddy movie moments, from bonding over booby-trapped toilets in Lethal Weapon 2 to idolising Point Break in Hot Fuzz.
1. Central Intelligence (2016)
Personalities don't come much more mismatched than Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson in Central Intelligence. Hart plays bored accountant Calvin Joyner, whose innocent catch-up with old school acquaintance takes a bizarre turn when Johnson's former bullied fat kid Robbie Weirdicht turns out to be a framed-and-on-the-run CIA agent. The film's highlight is a comic set-piece involving a shoot-out in an office, with Robbie coming up with a genius escape plan: “It might get us both killed, but if it works it'll be a totally boss story. Cool? Cool.”
Central Intelligence is available from Friday 31st March on Sky Cinema
2. The Other Guys (2010)
Adam McKay's 2010 comedy stars Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg as Allen Gamble and Terry Hoitz, a pair of bickering police desk jockeys who inadvertently stumble into a huge corruption case. The film has a lot of fun riffing on the various excesses and clichés (car chases, explosions, etc) of the action-cop genre and the two leads spark off each other to winning comic effect, particularly in the film's best verbal gag scene, in which an elaborate insult from Hoitz turns into an argument about who would win in a fight between a lion and a tuna. “Did that go the way you thought it was going to go? Nope.”
The Other Guys is available to stream now on Netflix
3. Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
No list of mismatched cop buddies would be complete without the inclusion of LAPD officers Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover). After the success of the original Lethal Weapon in 1987, the sequel followed two years later, with the pair on the trail of some shady South African diplomats. However, ask anyone what they remember about Lethal Weapon 2 and you'll get just one answer: “Exploding toilet”. What makes the scene so great is the surprisingly touching male bonding that occurs between the duo as they prepare to escape a booby-trapped bog by diving into a bathtub together.
Lethal Weapon 2 is available now on Sky Cinema
4. Hot Fuzz (2007)
Director Edgar Wright's follow-up to Shaun of the Dead puts a decidedly British spin on the buddy cop genre, as London super-cop Nicholas Angel (co-writer Simon Pegg) is teamed with bumbling PC Danny Butterman (Shaun co-star Nick Frost) after he's transferred to a sleepy English village. The film is jam-packed with witty lines and laugh-out-loud moments, but stand-outs include the visual gag of Danny trying to jump a series of fences during a foot chase and a great running joke whereby Danny bombards an exasperated Nicholas with inane questions about Point Break, such as “Did you ever fire your gun in the air and go 'Aaaaaah'?”
5. Starsky & Hutch (2004)
Starsky & Hutch is available now on Sky Cinema
6. The Heat (2013)
It's not just the men that get to do the whole mismatched buddy cop movie thing. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy proved they could kick ass and take names with the best of them in Paul Feig's 2013 comedy The Heat, in which Bullock played an uptight, super-efficient FBI agent forced to work with McCarthy's foul-mouthed, unorthodox Boston cop. Comic highlights include a scene where the dangle-a-suspect-off-a-building routine goes horribly wrong (“He's alright, that metal car broke his fall...”) and am increasingly bizarre montage sequence of the pair bonding by getting hideously drunk in a dive bar.
7. 21 Jump Street (2012)
Like Starsky and Hutch, Phil Lord and Chris Miller's undercover-cops-at-high-school comedy 21 Jump Street (based on the 1980s TV show) pulls off the tricky balance of spoofing cop movie clichés while also functioning as an effective buddy movie in its own right. That it works as well as it does is down to the combination of a witty, knowing script and the frankly adorable comic chemistry between onscreen partners Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. There are multiple comic highlights, both visual (the pair practising being hit by a car) and verbal, most notably the scene where Jenko has to recite the Miranda rights for his exasperated boss (Nick Offerman).
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