This weekend, three itty-bitty evil henchmen get a prequel of their very own in Minions. The third Despicable Me movie follows everyone's favourite goggle-wearing, overall-clad minions – Stuart, Kevin, and Bob – as they travel across continents, unsuccessfully aiding potential masters such as Napoleon, a T. Rex, and Sandra Bullock, amongst others, before finding Gru (Steve Carell).
Just in time for Stuart, Kevin, and Bob's return to theatres, we compiled a list of cinema's best on-screen trios B.G. "Before Gru" – so sadly, the Minions are absent here, though you can visit them at Cineplex theatres starting this weekend!
The very many honourable mentions include Legolas, Gimli, and Aragorn of the original Lord of the Rings trilogy; Vizzini, Fezzik, and Inigo Montoya from The Princess Bride; Alexandra, Jane, and Sukie from The Witches of Eastwick; Henry, Jimmy, and Tommy from Goodfellas; Don, Cathy, and Cosmo from Singin' in the Rain; The Dude, Walter, and Donny from The Big Lebowski; The Good, the Bad and the Ugly's titular trio, The Hangover's Wolf Pack, and the Three Stooges.
It's suddenly very apparent that good things really do come in threes.
Here are the top five trios on film:
5. Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane from Ferris Bueller's Day Off
John Hughes’ 1986 teenage classic remains close to our hearts and, similarly, so do its protagonists. Though the film is called Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, his best friends Cameron (Alan Ruck) and Sloane (Mia Sara) skipped out on school as well! I guess “Ferris Bueller, Cameron Frye, and Sloane Peterson’s Day Off” wasn’t a pithy enough title.
Honestly, we’d kill for a Cameron and Sloane road trip buddy comedy. That’d be great, wouldn’t it? Just a lot of complaining and being effortlessly cool. Ferris (Matthew Broderick) can make a cameo, but that’s really not the priority.
4. Lucky, Dusty, and Ned a.k.a. The Three Amigos
Loosely "based" on Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, The Three Amigos follows three film stars (Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short) on the set of a Western. They're mistaken for actual gunslingers and forced to band together in order to take down a Mexican bandit named El Guapo.
Written by "SNL" head honcho Lorne Michaels, Steve Martin, and Randy Newman – wait, Randy Newman? – The Three Amigos is the quintessential comedy about three guys thrown into a ridiculous situation. The Wolf Pack doesn’t even stand a chance here.
After The Three Amigos wrapped, it turned into more of a twofer situation: Martin and Short have since become life-long friends, making movies and performing together well into their sixties. "SNL40," however, brought all three comedians back together for one last Amigo Salute.
3. Brody, Hooper, and Quint from Jaws
With Steven Spielberg behind the wheel, Brody (Roy Scheider), Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss), and Quint (Robert Shaw) got into a boat with a mechanical shark, and – just like that – the blockbuster was born. Spawning sequels and imitators aplenty, Jaws cemented the summer blockbuster as a Hollywood staple all while making Spielberg a household name. These are some pretty great accomplishments for 124 minutes of film.
This year, Jaws celebrates its fortieth anniversary. That's forty years of thinking twice before heading out for a swim. If you get the chance to see the original blockbuster trio back on the big screen – the boys return to select Cineplex theatres this month – be on the lookout for a shooting star behind Brody! It's nearly impossible to see that on a tiny TV screen.
2. Luke, Han and Leia from Star Wars
This is a tight-knit group, as Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford), and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) are connected through blood, love, and best friendship. Let’s all just try and forget that Luke kissed his sister. That’s a little too close. We should all purge that from our collective memory.
We shouldn’t forget, however, that George Lucas’ Star Wars trio took down Darth Vader and the Galactic Empire, and saved a galaxy from falling to the Dark Side. Props all around!
Unfortunately, however, it looks like the Luke, Han, and Leia didn’t get rid of all the Sith. Our favourite intergalactic heroes reunite this December in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, and it was announced just yesterday that Han Solo will be getting a movie of his very own in 2018!
1. Harry, Ron, and Hermione from Harry Potter
Though Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe) is the undisputed hero of his own franchise, the Boy Who Lived wouldn’t have made it through the Philosopher’s Stone without his best friends, Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson).
The Golden Trio of Gryffindor slogged it through seven books and eight movies, fighting off the Dark Lord (Ralph Fiennes), his Death Eaters, puberty, and a slew of terrible professors… Don't even get us started on Dolores Umbridge!