Much has been said and will be said about the historic nature of Bros. We have not said enough about its quality.
You’ve probably read several headlines about the Bros movie, co-written by its star Billy Eichner.
It’s billed as the first film from a major studio to feature an all-LGBTTQIA+ main cast, as well as the first in-studio romantic comedy centered around a same-sex couple.
It’s worth celebrating, even if it’s taken far too long to get here. But Bros shouldn’t be compartmentalized as just a historical film.
The film pulls no punches, being an R-rated comedy that’s unapologetically gay. It’s keen to emphasize that gay and straight relationships are different, but still follows the broad lines of a romantic comedy, allowing it to stand the test of time against some of the greats.
The film is produced by Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), which means that in addition to being funny, it’s about 10-15 minutes longer than necessary. Zing! Burn on Apatow.
Now, if you’re looking for a way out, I won’t go “both sides” on the issue of homophobia. If the idea of a gay romantic comedy makes you uncomfortable just because it revolves around two men, then don’t go see it, don’t read my reviews and get out.
If you just think it doesn’t look very funny, that’s fine, comedy is subjective.
However, I found Bros hilarious. It’s no fun to spoil a bunch of jokes in a review, but it’s a very rewarding watch for a pop culture savvy audience.
Billy Eichner’s comedy isn’t for everyone, his over-the-top character is reminiscent of what you might have seen in Billy on the Street or his character in Parks & Recreation. Bros offers a more palatable mainstream version of the same comedy flavor.
The movie isn’t entirely autobiographical, but there’s clearly a lot of stuff drawn from Billy Eichner’s life. The funniest and most powerful scenes are obviously the most personal for Eichner, talking about being forced to hide his personality or being told he’s unsaleable.
That’s why it’s such a shame to see the movie do poorly at the box office. Eichner made controversial comments blaming it on straight people. While I see where it’s coming from, the truth is that in the age of streaming, we don’t get a lot of comedies on the big screen when it’s so easy not to have to leave the house.
Bros is worth the trip to the movies, it’s funny, it’s heartfelt, and everything you could want in a romantic comedy.