Hank Mandel lives by a motto: When you die, if you’ve got five real friends, you’ve had a great life.
But real friendships between men - that’s not always easy.
So awkward, in fact, that it seems they’re always the stuff of comedy - beer commercials and “buddy” flicks. They’re called “bromances” and “man crushes” and anything to distract from the truth.
But what’s at the heart of this? Why can guys only seem to bond over football and beer? Why does telling your buddy “I Love You” always have to be followed by, “...man” and accompanied by a gentle punch in the shoulder?
Mandel and filmmaker Eric Santiago explore the complex world of male relationships in a new movie called “Five Friends” which is part of the Billings Forge “MashUp” happening all day long in Hartford.
Join the conversation: Do you have close male friends? Are you able to share your feelings? Hug each other? Does even talking about this make you feel uncomfortable?
Tonight 8:00 p.m. The film “Five Friends” will be showing at the day long Billings Forge “Mash Up” event – Lyceum auditorium - followed by a discussion with Hank.