“Bros” is what we need right now. I loved it!!! It’s hysterical. It’s sensitive. It’s filled with tough love. It’s the sweetest story. It’s heartbreaking. It’s real. It’s honestly special.
“Bros” is the first real serious gay and LGBTQ+ romantic comedy and will be seen as a test for what’s to come. Fingers crossed, not that they need to be so you can unclench. Billy Eichner and the rest of the cast have the comedic chops to sit at the table with the big boys but can Eichner and Luke Macfarlane sell us on the romance? Take my word for it; they can. If you’re still unsure, go and see for yourself. You’ll be happy you did. I saw it at a crowded screening and people all around me weren’t giggling; they were truly, from the belly, laughing out loud. It was nice to hear. Thank you, Eichner (the first openly gay man to co-write and star in his own major studio film), Apatow and the rest for bringing this kind of joy back to the theater. It was a treat.
Throughout the film, the greeting “What’s up?” is used brilliantly. It’s the most simple and banal of hello’s, but when said, it means the person saying it cares about you enough to ask and is opening a line of communication. It means the difference between friendship and a relationship; here, it means the world. Bobby (Eichner) is something of a celebrity in his circles but doesn’t really believe in “love.” He has a podcast to inform the pool with which to pull that he has given up on finding anyone. Instead of getting involved, he gets on dating apps and swipes until his fingers cramp. This brings on the booty calls and occasional laughs, but what of love? He has his friends, he has his fun… the perfect romantic single life. Sex with strangers. But when he meets Aaron (Macfarlane) at a club, he thinks maybe there is something to this love stuff after all.
Bobby has been named the director of the first national LGTBQ+ museum. Meetings with the oft-quarreling committee regarding how to best represent the community and turn a profit are deliriously delightful, especially with this cast. Bobby wants the museum to be a success, but who is this Aaron guy who won’t leave his head? They have a mutual hatred for the same type of person and they want or don’t want many of the same things. They intimidate one another in one way or another, so they’re both getting an education at the same time. When things go sour, Bobby sees Debra Messing at the museum. There for a tour, he feels she’s the best person to dump his problems onto. Surely, she’ll understand. She’s Grace! I don’t think I need to tell you what happens next. There are several other cameos that fit in quite nicely to move the narrative along without halting the humor.
“Bros” is a relationship movie about two men. Without the apparent differences they encounter because they’re gay, take one of them out and put in a woman, and you have a romantic comedy like all the rest. This is better than what they’ve been offering lately. I’d like to see this type of storyline more often, to be honest. What a gay couple goes through is much more interesting than what a straight couple goes through, as there’s much to learn. Straight? Yawn. What’s going on in this film is amusing, adorable and funny, so why set limitations? After the success of this film, I don’t think studios will be.
Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Written by: Nicholas Stoller and Billy Eichner
Starring: Billy Eichner, Bowen Yang, Luke Macfarlane, Harvey Fierstein, Debra Messing, Jim Rash
Run Time: 1h 55m
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Producers: Judd Apatow, Nicholas Stoller, Joshua Church
Executive Producer: Billy Eichner
BROS – In Theaters September 30