Rule #1

Sharing fun, challenging and intellectually engaging activities can strengthen friendships. Thoughts: This can encompass a broad range of experiences, including business ventures (the boys’ Flesh of the Stars website in “Knocked Up”), fine music (Rudd and Jason Segel’s characters’ jam to Rush in “I Love You, Man”), carpentry ( Will Ferrell’s Brennan and John C. Reilly’s Dale building bunk beds in “ Step Brothers”), the simple pleasures of a good episode of “227” (“ Pineapple Express”) and the creative use of a hollowed-out apple (“The 40-Year-Old Virgin”). The point is: Male friendships need not solely revolve around sports and beer. In fact, in today’s movie world, those guys are the losers to be mocked and avoided.
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