Handshake vs. bro hug
At the end of St. Elmo’s Fire, they are at a bus station and Rob Lowe shakes hands with each of his male friends before leaving for a new life in New York (and leaving behind his wife and baby).
If such an emotional moment happened today, the men would give each other bro hugs.
Before Andrew McCarthy shakes his hand, he says “forgive me for not getting intimate.” It’s as if he knew the future but wasn’t ready for it.
When did bro hugs become acceptable for heterosexual males? In fact, I thought it was a little off-putting that all they did was shake hands. I’m so used to seeing the bro hug under these circumstances that the mere handshake seemed kind of cold.