Some of the human race’s most remarkable stories are built on the backs of unlikely duos; whether it be Buster Keaton and Harry Houdini, Sylvester Stallone and Estelle Getty, Helen Keller and Mark Twain, or just about every pair of leads in Pixar’s rich animated library, everyone loves a pairing that raises both the roof and eyebrows.
And thanks to the Boston Society of Film Critics, we’ve been gifted one of the greatest unlikely duos of the 21st century; indeed, when the group was counting the votes for their Best Ensemble award, it went right down to what was ultimately an unbroken wire, subsequently causing the award to be shared between Women Talking and Jackass Forever.
When it comes to peculiar cinematic bedmates, there are few pairs who can contest with the upcoming box office battle between Oppenheimer and Barbie. But this duo takes it to a whole other level; compare, if you will, Sarah Polley’s critically-acclaimed Women Talking, a #MeToo-inspired drama told from a Mennonite lens that pulls absolutely no punches, to say the least, with Jackass Forever, the fourth round of Johnny Knoxville’s feature-length compilations of the ultimate “don’t try this at home” antics.
Behold, the faces behind your joint winners for the Boston Society of Film Critics’ Award for Best Ensemble.
To the film critics of Boston, we thank you for shedding light on what’s no doubt the quintessential cornerstones of your culture.
And where some folks saw hilarity in the situation, others saw opportunity.
The logical next step is for Jessie Buckley and Steve-O to team up for the buddy cop movie that no one needs nor deserves, but in a situation like this, perhaps it’s foolish to apply anything bound by logic to these already-perfect nuances.
If you want to draw opinions of your own, you’ll have to find a way to rent or stream Jackass Forever, with the film having long since finished its cinematic run back in February. Women Talking, meanwhile, in an almost poetic parallel, won’t be finding its way to theaters until Dec. 23.