Movies: He's With Him

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson have made six films together. In Hollywood, some marriages don't make it that far

It's hard to be funny alone. First, who's going to laugh at the jokes? But it's also just not natural; comedy is inherently competitive and interactive. And although the idea of comedy duos seems antiquated--from the black-and-whiteness of Laurel and Hardy to the '60s snobbery of Elaine May and Mike Nichols--Ben Stiller, 38, and Owen Wilson, 35, have resuscitated the concept, playing off each other in a series of six simultaneously smart and stupid films, including The Royal Tenenbaums, Zoolander and Meet the Parents. Stiller, whose parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara were a comedy team in the '60s and '70s,...

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