BROS – Rated R – 1hr. 45mins

“I don’t think he’s that into me…he’s like a gay Tom Brady…”

DIRECTOR/WRITER:  Nicholas Stoller

WRITER: Billy Eichner

PRODUCER:  Judd Apatow

STARRING: Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane, Guy Branum, Dot-Marie Jones, Jim Rash, TS Madison, Miss Lawrence, Eve Lindley, Amanda Bearse and Debra Messing

Oh how I long for more romantic comedies to be made, as it seems the studios don’t want to foster the making of these films hardly at all any more, but luckily for us romatic comedy lovers, the hyatis in romantic comedies stops now, with the release of the new movie BROS!

As we meet podcaster, and absolutely adorable loner and LGBTQ+ Museum curator Bobby (Billy Eichner), he is fumbling through his love-life, never really wanting more to a relationship than his perfectly orchestrated one-night stands…alleviating the complication of ever venturing into a truly meaningful relationship…

That is until he meets his friend Henry (Guy Branum) at a gay bar, and as Bobby scopes out the room, a very buff, and very sexy shirtless wonder catches his eye.  Enter Aaron (Luke Macfarlane), the adorable Lawyer who spends his days helping ailing clients put their perfect last will and testiments together…doesn’t that sound like a real pick-me-up…but luckily, his sex life if filled with very casual affairs with the most fabulous gay guys inhabiting Provincetown, to ease his weary mind…

And as Billy and Aaron’s very awkward attempt at getting to know one another plays out…complete with some really moving moments, and some very awkward orgy attempts too, it seems that if the right person steps into your life, you have to be open to the possibility that living “happily ever after”, may just be in the cards, if you open up your heart, and are willing to take the chance…

I give BROS a rating of 3 out of 5 Stars:  Billy Eichner is absolutely fabulous playing the leading man this time around, but then again, how can you NOT be perfect in a role that you literally wrote for yourself!  Luke Macfarlane is also perfectly cast this time around as the super jock, who is looking for love in all the wrong places, only to be smitten by the frail, and non-athletic funny man, who has entered his life.  As romatic comedies go, this one is truly a charmer from beginning to end, as, isn’t it about time that we have a major motion picture about friendship and love between homosexuals too!  I think the most endearing part of this movie for me, was thinking about my friends through the years, who haven’t really had the opportunity to see their lives depicted on screen in any real way…until now, and what joy that truly brought to my heart while watching this film.  Kuddos to Billy Eichner for having the tenacity, and the bravery, to put a depiction of gay men’s lives everywhere onto the big screen, while allowing his funny take on life in general too, to also come shinging through.  I really enjoyed too that all the actors cast got to play their authentic selves throughout this film, bringing some really awesome characters to life.  So, with all these accolades, why am I only rating this film 3 out of 5 stars???  For me personally, I would have loved some more in depth character development for Mcfarlane’s character, beyond the fact that we do get to meet his family for a split second, but we don’t touch too much into his career or any other aspects of his life…other than he is definitely the eye-candy for this film, and that his sex-life is off the charts the whole way through…

I also wish that a few more of the actors besides Eichner and Macfarlane would have been given more screen time, than the few and far between table scenes they do, as they all master the vision of their fictional upcoming LGBTQ+ Museum opening…

But, all in all I think that BROS is a very entertaining film, that goes tongue in cheek at times, even taking a swing at a high-profile transexual, and one of our past presidents along the way too. I really hope that this is only the beginning of what we will experience in the future from the all the creatives who are waiting in the wings, wanting to bring the lives of the LGBTQ+ community to the big screen, over and over again…

Kathy Kaiser

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