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Odd couples

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Will the heroes of 'R.I.P.D.' join the ranks of our favorite mismatched duos?By David WalkerSpecial to MSN MoviesThere is something hugely entertaining to be found in the adventures of a mismatched odd couple, so much so that these unlikely duos have become staples of popular culture. Early examples of odd couples can be found in the world of vaudeville, and later in radio, where comedic pairings of the straight man and the comic built entire routines around the differences and conflicts that arose between the two. Comedy teams like Abbott and Costello, Laurel and Hardy, and Burns and Allen were among the most popular odd couples to emerge in 20th-century American entertainment, and helped to establish many of the conventions that define odd couples: striking contrasts in physical appearance, intellect and personality. As the dynamic of odd couples moved into film and television, the character types found their way into various genres, most notably action films and buddy pictures that usually took on the guise of cop movies.Bing: More on 'R.I.P.D.' | Watch the trailerWhat's your favorite odd couple on film? Tell us at MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter. "R.I.P.D." is out in theaters July 19.(Universal Pictures)
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