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Bros – TIFF Movie Review
September 30, 2022


Synopsis: Two men with commitment problems attempt a relationship.
Director: Nicholas Stoller
Stars: Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane, Kristin Chenoweth

One of the things being discussed with this film is that it is the first gay romantic comedy released by a major studio. I heard that and was surprised by this but at the same token couldn’t think of another. To say this is long overdue is an understatement.

I love that this film opens the door for more similar films. I love seeing films that represent people who usually aren’t represented. Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were big office successes because people, who usually don’t go to the cinema, came out to see the film. CODA was such an incredible success because it focussed on a community that isn’t usually represented on screen. Bros is the next film to accomplish that. And while this isn’t the first time, we have seen a film with characters from the LGBTQ community, this is the first time where the characters aren’t just in supporting parts.

This film debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival and was widely successful. It starts Billy Eichner as Bobby. (Yes, Billy is playing Bobby) and he has a podcast where he discusses relationships etc. One night he is at a nightclub, and he meets Aaron (Luke Macfarlane). On paper they couldn’t be more different. Bobby seems a little uptight and Aaron is more relaxed. One thing leads to another, and they decide to give the whole dating thing a try. One issue is they are both commitment phobic. Wait, men who have commitment issues??? No, I don’t believe it!

While Eichner has been in several films it’s his work in Billy the Street that I am most familiar with. I think his comedic timing and witty personality is great. It is on full display in this film that he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller who also directed the film.

The film is very funny and sweet. It is reminiscent of other great romantic comedies that have come before it, When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, etc.

This movie is also extremely relatable as the script delves into common insecurities in dating and relationships that are familiar to most.

Eichner and Macfarlane are both great in this film. Their characters are believable and played with sincerity. The gravity of the moment doesn’t seem to be lost on their performances, but it doesn’t weight them down either.

The film is loaded with great one liners, amazing observations and a very sweet story. The film is overall entertaining and a great addition to the romantic comedy genre.

Grade: B +

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