Chapter 29

Other Obstacles

Best Friends Without Benefits

When best friends have known each other too long platonically and one falls in love with the other, the transition can be tricky. Sometimes impossible.

When Harry Met Sally was a classic in this genre, (written by Nora Ephron). In fact they are trying to prove that a man and a woman can’t be friends without sexual tension messing things up. It turns out to be a failed experiment.

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987, written and directed by John Hughes) is set in high school. Keith’s (Eric Stolz) best friend is the tomboy drummer Watts played by Mary Stuart Masterson. Keith has his eye on a pretty girl, Amanda Jones (played by Lea Thompson), so of course Keith’s best friend Watts helps him out ...

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