5 Films and the Hodgepodge Teams That Made Them Work


In Cedar Rapids, the "group of friends" comedy, insurance agent  Tim Lippe played by Ed Helms attends a convention where he makes friends with seasoned pros in the form of John C. Reilly (Step Brothers, Terri), Anne Heche (Hung), and Isiah Whitlock Jr. (The Wire). The four probably wouldn’t hang out in a different setting, but on this weekend work trip, the personalities strangely complement each other. It was the unexpected chemistry of those eclectic four actors that made the film as funny as it is (it's worth picking up), and with that you can't help but think back to other films whose success depended on the chemistry of its tight-knit team. In this feature, we will take a look at some other movies that explore the hodge-podge groups of friends in film.

Stay tuned after the list and we'll tell you how you can win a copy of Cedar Rapids on DVD.


5. The Usual Suspects Crew (Todd Hockney, Stephen Baldwin, Benicio Del Toro, Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey) from The Usual Suspects

A group of five criminals are all placed in a lineup, and they all know each other. Soon, the unlikely group of friends become partners in a plan influenced, in some unknown way, by the legendary mastermind criminal Kayser Soze. Kayser forces them to do a job that leaves 27 men dead and only one of them makes it out alive, which raises questions like: "Who is Keyser Soze?" and "What’s his connection with the crew?"


4. The Wolf Pack (Zach Galifianankis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper) from The Hangover

The infamous Wolf pack of Alan, Stu, Doug and Phil become united when Doug (Justin Bartha) who is getting married, takes his brother-in-law Alan (Zach Galifianakis) along with his two best friends Stu (Ed Helms) and Phil (Bradley Cooper) to Vegas. They get so intoxicated due to Alan’s ill-advised rufi poisoning (which he mistook for ecstasy), leading them to waking up in a completely destroyed suite with no memory of the night before. And while they can’t find Doug, they have a tiger in the bathroom, a baby in the closet and Stu has pulled out one of his teeth.


3. Joe Cabot’s Crew (Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Steve Buscemi, Chris Penn, Lawrence Tierney, Tim Roth) from Reservoir Dogs

They are the meanest and most dangerous bank heist crew there is and, better yet, none of them has real names. Mr. White (Harvey Keitel), Mr. Orange (Tim Roth), Mr. Blonde (Michael Madsen), and Mr. Pink (Steve Buscemi) are hired by "Nice Guy "Eddie Cabot (Chris Penn) and his father Joe Cabot (Lawrence Tierney) to pull a jewelry heist. However, the heist goes terribly wrong and the surviving members of the crew begin to suspect that one amongst them is a police informant who foiled their plans.


2. The Breakfast Club (Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy) from The Breakfast Club

Making a strong case for the top spot, The Breakfast Club comes in as # 2 on our list. A group of five very different high school students of different stereotypes meet in detention where they pour their feelings and beliefs out to each other and really find how much more they really have in common than they had previously thought.


1. The Brothers of Delta Tau Chi (John Belushi, Tom Hulce, Stephen Furst, James Widdoes, Tim Matheson, Bruce McGill) from Animal House

The original comedy crew these guys make our list at #1, because they truly were the greatest group of friends ever to hit the movie screens. Considered the worst house on Faber College campus, the brothers of Delta Tau Chi are infamously known for starting food fights in the cafeteria, accidently killing the ROTC captains horse in the dean’s office, dumping a truck load of fizzes into the swim meet, delivering the medical school cadavers to the Alumni dinner are just a few of many antics these guys pull off. However unknowingly, Dean Wormer (John Vernon) puts them on double secret probation, but look to foil the plans of the dean and turn the school upside down by storm.

Granted, there's plenty of good examples we've left off the list (Ocean's 11, Ghostbusters, Ninja Turtles, etc.), and we want to hear your top choice to add. And to add an incentive for participation, we're giving away copies of Cedar Rapids to the three readers who e-mail us with their top group of friends to be on the list.

Cedar_rapids_dvdSo to clarify, if you want to win a copy of Cedar Rapids on DVD...

1) "Like" JustPressPlay on Facebook (or click "Like" under the Facebook counter in the upper left-hand corner)

2) E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with the subject line "Cedar Rapids DVD Contest" and tell us which group of friends from a movie you think should be added to the list.

The contest ends on July 2, 2011. One entry per person. Many will enter few will win. By few, we mean 3. Winners will be notified by e-mail and winning entries will be posted on the site.

Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.


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