As a rule, romantic comedies generally follow a pretty standard formula: Boy meets girl, boy and girl fall in love, boy and girl's relationship is put to the test by brief bit of drama (overprotective potential in-laws, nosy friends, etc.), boy and girl live happily ever after. It's typical and predictable, but also why we love rom-coms!
The latest entrant into the beloved genre is this week's "Going the Distance," starring Drew Barrymore and Justin Long as a new couple who try to make their relationship work while living on opposite coasts. The film also features the comedic stylings of Charlie Day ("It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") and Jason Sudeikis ("Saturday Night Live"), who play a pair of buddies doing their best to keep their close friendship alive, while Long's character tries to distance himself from his pals and make more time for his new romance.
When MTV News caught up with the two funnymen at the film's press day, we asked them to compare and contrast the complicated aspects of real-life guy friendship, a.k.a. bromance, and romance — and whether the two can exist at the same time.
"Well, there's a lot less sex in the bromance," Day offered. "We're bromancing each other, but we're not bromancing each other in bed, so that's different."
Sudeikis admitted that sometimes you need to put the bromance on the back burner. "At some point, you have to let your friend go and your romance will trump the bromance," he said. "You have to let the little bird fly out of the nest."
"A romance and a bromance can happen at the same time — they're not mutually exclusive," Day added. "They can, they absolutely can. Sometimes people think that when the romance starts, the bromance ends, but that's not true."
This comment prompted Sudeikis to theorize that it's a bad sign if the guy friends in question have a problem with their friend's new love interest. "If the bromance really has a negative reaction to the romance, it's probably not a healthy romance," he said.
"There's no reason a good romance can't be perfectly bromantical," Day added.
"Yeah," Sudeikis agreed. "Not all squares are rectangles."
"And not all rectangles are shapes," Day said.
There you have it, philosophies on love and bromance, courtesy of Sudeikis and Day.
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