Sometimes the only cure for what ails you is quality time with your best friends. Depending on where you live, that might be hard to achieve in-person these days, but if you’re able to do it safely (virtual viewing parties over Zoom or FaceTime are also an option!), here are 12 movies for when you just wanna hang with your bros.
Buddy Games – Six lifelong friends (including Josh Duhamel, who also directed) reunite years after a huge falling out. Why? To compete for $150,000 in the “buddy games”—a series of intense (and ridiculous) physical and mental challenges. Will they succeed in clearing the air as well?
Tag – Inspired by a true story, this comedy has a great cast (Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Isla Fisher, Hannibal Burgess, Rashida Jones, Jake Johnson) playing a group of grown men and the women in their lives who reunite one per year to continue an ongoing game of tag.
Grown Ups and Grown Ups 2 – When you bring together Adam Sandler, David Spade, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and Kevin James as childhood friends who reunite as adults, you know it’s going to be a good time.
House Party – Confession: I still play this soundtrack, and actually saw Kid ‘n Play (stars of the movie) at an “I Love the ‘80s” concert tour a few years ago. Their story of two teenage best friends who throw a huge party—with the help of their DJ (a pre-fame Martin Lawrence)—never gets old.
The Hangover trilogy – There might not exist a more bro-focused trilogy than this one about a group of friends (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis) who can’t remember their antics from the prior evening, whether they were in Vegas (first and last movies) or Bangkok (second installment). I loved the original movie when it came out, but now that my kids worship Ken Jeong on The Masked Singer and I Can See Your Voice, I dread the future day they become scarred watching him as the nemesis Leslie Chow in these films!
Superbad – End-of-high-school bro-bonds run deep—especially when you’re trying to score beer for a huge party—as Jonah Hill and Michael Cera prove in the comedy that launched their careers.
Friday – Is there anything better than just hanging out with your best friend all day? Chris Tucker and Ice Cube would say there isn’t. Except for when Felisha (of “Bye, Felicia” fame) stops by.
Wayne’s World – Mike Myers and Dana Carvey bring their “excellent!” SNL roles to the big screen as their characters Wayne and Garth try to save their beloved public access show from a scheming producer (Rob Lowe)—who’s also out to steal Wayne’s girlfriend (Tia Career). No way! WAY.
Swingers – Our younger readers might not realize that the guy who went on to direct Elf and Iron Man and create The Mandalorian once acted in indies like Swingers, where he plays a lovelorn twentysomething whose friends — including Vince Vaughn at the top of his game — attempt to cheer him up through video games, a night on the town and Vegas, baby, Vegas.