Recent examples of movies where people develop meaningful community because of...
- Dusty (Woody Harrelson) and Lefty (John C. Reilly) in A Prairie Home Companion
- The Soldiers in Saving Private Ryan (or any war movie)
- Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption
- The Fellowship in the Lord of the Rings series
- Crew members of United 93 (remember the woman who shared her phone)
- Pedro and Napoleon in Napoleon Dynamite
- Jack Black with his music students in School of Rock
- Harry and Ron in the Harry Potter series
- Todd and Neil as roommates in Dead Poet's Society
- Woody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story
- Ashley (Amy Adams) and Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz) in Junebug
- Hugh Grant and Nicholas Hoult (the boy) in About A Boy
- Sir James Barrie (Johnny Depp) and the boys in Finding Neverland
But coming up with films that show deep sustainable relationships that last on a day-to-day level is challenging. Are there stories that are about not just community being created but movies about people who make decisions based on the community and friendship that they have.
This is very challenging if you exclude familial relationship and romantic relationships. The film The Motorcycle Diaries seems like a good film to mention because the film begins with a deep friendship between Ernesto "Che" Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal) and Alberto Granado (Rodrigo De la Serna). And although the film begins with them having a deep relationship that only gets deeper through the course of the film, the film ends with Guevara and Grandado going there own ways and allowing life to play out independently.
There are many films that show people that form deep, honest, and meaningful relationships. But why is it so hard to come up with a list of films that show that relationships and community like this is sustainable and last beyond the shared mission, the shared space, or the shared relationship?
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