We seem to be living at a time where the compromising male gets in a way, to play it alpha -- to be society's most fit. Marley and Me featured this new man, someone who relucantly agrees to focus on the family, domestic issues, rather than pursue the traditional male reporter's pursuits, but who -- seemingly as a result of his masochistic surrender -- finds all further life's riches readily come his way. His buddy -- the traditional man's man -- is made to seem almost out of step with the times -- the loser, in a way.
My guess is we're going to see an awful lot more of this new man around -- more praise for him than criticism. Lots of talk about men needing to accept the new times, their changing roles. And it will eventually be followed by a period where these very same men start seeing something they like in battle-ready patriarchs.