The world is inhospitable to the notion of gentle, non-violent male bonding. It is considered anomalous. In Lurie's hands, such wholesome interactions are re-contextualized with the aid of comic exaggeration as punishable transgressions of a hegemonic social order. There is a heartfelt brilliance in Lurie's dying fantasy-- the mundane delight of a well cooked meal. It is no less cold, yet the warmth is immeasurable.