A movie doesn’t need a romantic female lead to provide an emotionally engaging and comically entertaining love story. The lady characters of Birdy (1984) are entirely subordinate and peripheral to the main pair of male pals. The affection that dares speak its name in Birdy is called friendship, of the unequivocal, unconditional, and unabashed variety. Two boys stand one by the other through a topsy-turvy high-school career, adolescent days of confusion and discovery made more quirky by one kid’s insistent identification with creatures that have the ability to fly. After graduation, the chums are split up and sent off to war in Vietnam. Homecoming is not pretty. If either buddy has a chance of living a normal life again, it is only through the healing love that is the adhesive of their weird bond.