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5. How’s your marriage Jerry?

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We really don’t get enough of this sort of thing in films. Obviously one function of Cuba Gooding Jr’s genuine, romantic, tender marriage with his on-screen wife Marcee is to contrast with (at least initially) the perfunctory affection between Tom Cruise’s Jerry and Renee Zellweger’s Dorothy. But more than that, it gives credibility to the most probing of questions, posed to Jerry as he and CGJ’s Rod Tidwell walk along. How’s your marriage, Jerry? So often, too often, the rapport between men in films boils down to partying, insults, crude humour and superficiality. There are of course exceptions, like “I Love You Man”, but it feels like Hollywood rarely delves into deep, proper male friendships, where the big questions are not out of bounds and difficult subjects are not avoided.

I can think of very few of my friends to whom I could comfortably say, “how is your marriage?” and massive credit is due to Cameron Crowe for crafting a friendship that manages to go from “I love black people!!!!” to “a real man wouldn’t shoplift the pootie from a single mom” in less than two hours and feel real, earthed, compelling and convincing. A great film and one of the great on screen male friendships.

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Dave has been writing for HeyUGuys since mid-2010 and has found them to be the most intelligent, friendly, erudite and insightful bunch of film fans you could hope to work with. He's gone from ham-fisted attempts at writing the news to interviewing Lawrence Bender, Renny Harlin and Julian Glover, to writing articles about things he loves that people have actually read. He has fairly broad tastes as far as films are concerned, though given the choice he's likely to go for Con Air over Battleship Potemkin most days. He's pretty sure that 2001: A Space Odyssey is the most overrated mess in cinematic history.