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Five Unusual but Charming Friendship Movies
05. Finding Neverland (2004)
directed by Marc Forster
starring Johnny Depp, Kate Winslet and Freddie Highmore
This adorable and moving film has at its core the real life relationship between Peter Pan writer J. M. Barrie and the four sons of a widow – particularly the middle son named Peter, played by Freddie Highmore.
Peter is not very accepting of Barrie for feeling he is replacing his late father, but slowly he comes around and they develop a really beautiful friendship. It’s one of the most wonderfully subtle roles from Depp, and a really honest and heartfelt role for Highmore that is quite impressive considering how young he was.
04. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
directed by Steven Spielberg
starring Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore and Peter Coyote
In one of Spielberg’s most popular and beloved movies, a young boy named Elliot befriends an alien who is hiding in his tool shed. Though the creature is visibly scared, Elliot tries his best to lure E.T. and let him know that he is safe with him. The two develop a deep connection, the kind of open and intense friendship only kids have.
The best part however, is the selflessness of the final act. Upon finding out that E.T. is growing sick and needs desperately to go home, Elliot and his siblings do their best to return E.T. to his people. They let him go because it’s the right thing to do, but even light years apart, their friendship will always be remembered and cherished.
03. The Lady in The Van (2015)
directed by Nicholas Hytner
starring Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings and Jim Broadbent
This little known comedy has that very specific, peculiar charm of British filmmaking. This is another real life story, this time of a homeless woman, Mary Shepherd (Maggie Smith) who, after a series of bittersweet events, ends up parking the van she was living in, in a man’s driveway. The man was Alan Bennet, played by Jennings, and from whose memoir the film is adapted.
Due to their opposite personalities and messy circumstances, it was not an easy friendship. But the way it comes about, and the truth we find about Mary’s identity and life, is so incredible that it really is one of those stranger than fiction stories.
02. About a Boy (2002)
directed by Chris Weitz, Paul Weitz
starring Hugh Grant, Nicholas Hoult and Toni Collette
In second to last comes a friendship that might actually be my favourite, from a movie I’m pretty sure every single one of you has seen more than once: About a Boy. In this widely popular 2002 comedy, Hugh Grant plays William, a 30 something year old bachelor living off of royalties from a Christmas song his father wrote. He has never worked a day in his life, and is generally pretty selfish and lazy. But he is self-aware, so when offbeat twelve year old Marcus(Nicholas Hoult) comes into his life, Williams starts to – slowly – questioning his lifestyle.
Again, this is one of those bittersweet British comedies that is funny, but benefits from a set of quirky characters and circumstances that have a real, dark shade to them. Marcus’s mother is an eccentric woman with suicidal tendencies, something which heavily influences his life and, consequently, his friendship with Will. It really is one of those relationships where you clearly see what they learned from – and gave to – each other.
01. Toy Story (1995)
directed by John Lasseter
starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and Don Rickles
Finally, coming in number one is the ultimate childhood friendship movie, and one of Disney’s all time best: the ever lovable Toy Story. When spaceman Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) becomes Andy’s new favourite toy, his former number one, Woody (Tom Hanks), becomes insanely jealous and fears being forgotten. Whilst trying to get rid of Buzz, the two get lost and most work together to return home.
Despite this being about toys, the fear of being replaced, forgotten or cast out – of losing a friend – is very real. And besides the core hate-to-love friendship between Woody and Buzz, there’s Woody’s relationship with Andy, and even a wonderful narrative about dreams and potential, where Buzz doesn’t believe he is, in fact, just a toy. It’s a deceptively deep and complex movie that has a whole song dedicated to friends, so it could only be the perfect pick for this week. And one that is definitely worth revisiting, at any age.