While the movies of the past 10 years have tried to convince us that a bromance involves beers and sports and man caves and shades of Seann William Scott, Prince Avalanche reminds us that’s not always the case when it comes to a male friendship. Sometimes it’s more understated. Sometimes it’s not even stated. It just evolves at a normal pace and reminds you that friendship isn’t always about clicking at first sight. Sometimes it’s about learning to settle for the only other one out there who gets you. Or maybe just the only other one out there.
Prince Avalanche follows the story of Alvin (Paul Rudd) and Lance (Emile Hirsch) as they spend a lonely summer painting yellow lines on a Texas road. While Alvin loves the solitude of mother nature, Lance craves people. Specifically people who will have sex with him. Despite spending 100% of his time with Alvin, he can’t seem to settle into the routine of doing nothing but painting road lines and connecting with the great outdoors. Obviously this frustrates Alvin to no end because he’s perfectly content to spend all his time just talking in the beauty of nature. As well as pining over his girlfriend, who not-so-coincidentally happens to be Lance’s older sister.
While at first it appears that these two have nothing in common in all, a few twists and turns along the way show that when everything goes wrong it’s better to have someone, rather than no one. Which I guess would be a signature trademark of not being a sociopath. People who like people usually want others around. But that’s just the unlicensed therapist inside of me saying that. So don’t take it to the bank.
Does that who friendship thing make sense? Maybe? Maybe not? That’s okay because the movie doesn’t make total sense. At some point, they introduce a ghost. Who is maybe a ghost, maybe not a ghost? I don’t know. But as a proud oujia board owner, I’m very familiar with wandering spirits, so I wouldn’t be shocked if one showed up a Tribeca Film Festival screening. I think she’s supposed to be a metaphor. But I’ll be the first to say that I’m really unclear on that whole plot point.
Ghostly issues aside, this movie ended up being a nice tale about finding friendship in an unlikely place. And that’s always a neat thing to see unfold on the big screen. Especially when it involves Paul Rudd wearing a mustache.
(Photo: Tribeca Film Festival)