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Why We Can’t Stop Making Parodies of ‘Deliverance,’ A Cultural History of the Marlboro Man and Keanu Reeves Does it Again

Fuckin’ a — just when you thought Keanu Reeves couldn’t flex on the rest of us any harder, he goes and does something like this:

An already lovable icon of cinema who’s the embodiment of modern masculinity and doesn’t take himself too seriously hooking up with a cool-as-shit, age-appropriate artist girlfriend with incredible style?

You win, Keanu. You win.

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