We watch a lot of movie trailers here at ScreenCrave, and, as we inch closer to summer with its ever-increasing torrent of new films, we’re seeing more and more previews with each passing day. As we do so, we can’t help but notice some similarities, repetitions, and clichés among them. Here at Trailer Park, we’ll be offering a rundown of those clichés, where they come from, and which trailers share them. For our first installment, we’ll be breaking down one of summer’s most ever-present previews: The Bromance Movie Trailer.
Throughout the years of bromances, bro flicks and buddy films, we have come to expect certain things from these types of movies like men acting like boys or odd couple pairings. Unfortunately many of these genre expectations are nothing more but genre clichés. It’s that time of the week again. Here’s a list of 10 Clichés of the Bromance Movie Trailer.
10. Real Men Don’t Cry
Used in: All except Funny People
With the exception of Funny People, most Bromance trailers don’t include scenes of men crying. Is there a vendetta against seeing a couple of men shed a few tears? We always see women falling to pieces, but when it comes to men – nope, not happening.
As Seen In: Funny People
9. Boys Vs. Girls
Used In: Superbad, Waiting, Year One, Pineapple Express, Big Daddy, Old School, Dazed And Confused
Bromances are anti-girl. These trailers always show guys hitting or yelling at girls. Whether it’s Evan of Superbad punching Becca on her breast, or Sal of Pineapple Express punching the lady cop across the face, these scenes always make it unto the trailer.
As Seen In: Superbad
8. Three Little Words
Used in: Humpday, 21 Jump Street, Superbad
And those three little words are, “I love you.” Not even couple in romantic comedies or girlfriends in chick flicks exchange the words “I love you” as much as bros do.
As Seen In: Humpday
7. A Man’s Best Friend
Used in: 50/50, I Love You Man, Toy Story 2, Old Joy
This is a man’s world and to prove that to you, we’ll add a dog. Nothing says BRO-mance like a man’s best friend.
As Seen In: 50/50
6. Boys Becoming Men
Used in: Big Daddy, Role Models, A Night At The Roxbury, Step Brothers
Bromances aren’t necessarily coming-of-age stories. Most of these men are well past their 30s. However, it always ends up being a story of men becoming boys. This is usually narrated by creepy voice over guy.
As Seen In: Role Models
5. The Punch Across The Face
Used In: The Hangover, Funny People, Pineapple Express, Step Brothers, Waiting, Superbad, Beerfest, Wedding Crashers, Rush Hour
There’s an episode in Arrested Development where Buster begs his brothers to “have the decency” to punch him in the face. It’s like he needs that to feel like a man. It seems like bromance movie trailers also need that validation.
As Heard In: The Hangover
4. Blaze It Up
Used In: Pineapple Express, 50/50, Dazed and Confused
It would appear that only men smoke pot. Well at least the men in Seth Rogen movies.
As Seen In: Pineapple Express
3. Free Hugs
Used In: Funny People, Get Him To The Greek, Humpday, 21 Jump Street, 50/50
Political issues aside, it seems like our culture is becoming more comfortable about male bonding, at least in movies. Bromance trailers usually include a brief shot of the two protagonists embracing each other.
As Seen In: Get Him To The Greek
2. The Guy Who Can’t Talk To Girls
Used In: Superbad, Step Brothers, Year One, A Night At The Roxbury, Swingers, 50/50, Grumpy Old Men
There’s always one guy who can’t seem to figure it out when it comes to girls/women. His buddy is a ladies man, a real charmer, but he’s completely lost. In the trailer there’s this brief clip where we see one of the guys in an awkward conversation with a girl. He’s just trying to ask her out on a date, but ends up completely tongue tied.
As Seen In: A Night At The Roxbury
1. The Grumpy Men
Used In: She’s The Man (2006), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), The Proposal (2009), Twilight: New Moon (2009), Love Wedding Marriage (2011), Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011)
We are somewhat responsible for this cliché. We like to see two men bicker at each other because it’s funny. Seeing Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau exchange insults in Grumpy Old Men is undeniably entertaining. But this is something we see over and over, both in the trailer and the movie. There’s two bickering figures that, by the end, develop a grudging respect for each other.
As Seen In: Grumpy Old Men
These clichés aren’t the worst thing in the world. They are just part of a set of rules that filmmakers use to fit them into a genre. The bad thing is when these clichés actually start feeling like clichés.
What are some of the clichés you see? And which do you think should disappear?