Posted Oct 22, 2009 @ 11:42 PM
Poppy and Zoe from Happy-Go-Lucky. I love how much Zoe is so used to and comfortable with Poppy's very frequent random silly comments and tangents, and that she responds by firing random sillyness right back. The only other character to do that was Tim, the social worker Poppy starts dating, and well, a lot of reviews and such I read thought that although the film's script was very good on the whole, her banter with Zoe was simply too polished, but I disagree. I think that Tim sort of gives us a contrast, like, this is what the random sillyness banter is like between two people who've only just met recently, but with Poppy and Zoe, their banter is noticeably better because they've been near-constantly doing it for years. Considering they live together and work together, that's a lot of practice. And I also love how, despite the abundance of nonsense on both sides, they've got a sort of yin-yang thing going on, with Poppy's sillyness often being very cheerful, while Zoe's sillyness is all delivered in this kind of snarky cynical manner, but you can tell she loves having these ridiculous conversations with Poppy all the same. And I love the huge amounts of HoYay. I mean, they live together, they done a lot of travelling together, they go out together, at different stages Poppy mentions what great boobs and legs Zoe has, Zoe goes with Poppy when she's visiting her sister for the weekend, Poppy intentionally gets a guy to think that they are a couple, and they imply that if they ever moved out of the flat then they would be getting a house together. Were it not for Tim the social worker, I would have thought they're a couple for sure.
Darker example than most, but crazy Sarah and snarky Beth from The Descent. Sarah was in a car accident that killed her husband and daughter, and woke up hallucinating at the hospital, and Beth pulled her back to reality, told her what had happened, and hugged her as she had her breakdown. One year later, when they're going on a caving trip in the US with friends, Sarah's still all timid and damaged, and Beth’s trying to look after her, and has apparently been doing so since the accident. What's sweet is that she's trying to do it without being too obvious about it, but it's implied [and the actress confirmed] that she wouldn't have gone on the trip in the first place if it hadn't been for Sarah. As for Sarah, it's shown that Beth is pretty much all of what's keeping her fragile psyche together. The hospital scene foreshadowed that, but then there's a scene in the cave where Sarah's stuck in a tunnel, except she's not stuck stuck, it's more like she's having a panic attack and thinks she's stuck, but just like in the hospital, she's pretty much trapped by her own mind until Beth comes back, gets her to laugh, and talks her down from said panic attack. Of course, this dependence on Beth means really bad things happen after she dies - and by Sarah's hand, no less, since a fatally wounded Beth requests a mercy kill. Up until that point, with the monsters, Sarah had more or less been like anyone else in her situation would be; terrified, respulsed, and trying desperately to get the fuck outta there. But once poor Beth's gone, she just loses it. She's no longer resembles your regular frightened Final Girl so much as a scary killer robot, or Carrie slaughtering everyone at the prom, except with cave monsters instead of teenagers, and once she's taken revenge on Beth's killer, she pretty much loses any drive for survival, and sits down with her hallucinated dead daughter to wait for death. American changed endings and stupid annoying sequels notwithstanding. Oh, and again, this is a case where the actresses [Shauna Mac and Alex Reid] really bonded, if the making-of vid and cast commentary were any indication, and I think that definitely came across onscreen. Also, I just think that Alex Reid did an absolutely fantastic job as Beth, because being the supportive best friend is a really difficult role to shine in unless the leads suck [they definitely didn't here] so that she did so anyway was really cool.