This Friday, a new modern take on the romantic comedy genre hits
theaters. Bros is brought to audiences by Universal Studios and it
written by and stars Billy Eichner. Bros follows Bobby Leiber (Eichner) as he
navigates being a successful gay man, while also struggling to find a
meaningful connection with someone. Bobby meets Larry (Aaron Shepard) who also
struggles with commitment issues. Bobby and Larry attempt a relationship and
must overcome the hurdles that pop up in their way.
What follows is The Good, The Bad, and The
Spoilers of Bros.
Billy Eichner deserves a ton of credit for the success of this
movie. Not only does he do a phenomenal job playing Bobby, but also the writing
in this film is superb. Bobby’s personality conflicts with Larry are so
believable and relatable to anyone who has tried to tackle the dating world.
The initial attraction, the awkward courtship and flirting, the more serious
conversations, were all so accurately portrayed by Eichner and Shepard.
The writing of this film had to be its best feature. It was very
witty and did a great job tastefully addressing the LGBTQ+ and straight
communities with jokes and jabs. The comedy was so well timed, and at some
points there wasn’t time to stop laughing between the jokes. Gay men, pointing
out the problems with the gay dating community, had me laughing so hard and was
probably one of my favorite parts.
The only problem I had with this movie is that some scenes felt
forced, the last scene in particular. I understand that Bros is the
first major romantic comedy between two men, so it is used as a platform to
address concepts and topics that some people find sensitive. This is done well,
but at some points in the film it is very obvious that a particular scene is
forced into the film to address one of these issues. The writing of the film is
so well done, but periodically feels interrupted.
My Overall Opinion
It is sad that this
movie will not be everyone’s cup of tea. There are people who will avoid Bros
simply because they will label it as “a gay rom-com”. Yes, this movie is about
2 men falling in love, but it is also a very funny, very relatable love story.
If you love a good romantic comedy, I encourage you to give this one a chance.
If you see this one, let me know your thoughts!