The Pitch: Bobby Lieber (Billy Eichner) is a profitable pillar of the homosexual group in New York Metropolis: He’s received a preferred podcast, he’s the director of what’s quickly to be the nation’s first LGBTQ+ historical past museum, and he was simply named “Cis White Homosexual Man of the 12 months.” The one factor lacking is a person in his life, however Bobby isn’t into all that: “Love isn’t love,” he stresses early on to his mates, rejecting the oft-used homosexual rights sentiment as a mislead get straight individuals to deal with queer of us like human beings. As a substitute, he chips away at one awkward Grindr hookup after one other.
However fortune modifications when Bobby runs into hunky property lawyer Aaron (Luke Macfarlane) at a membership; they every clock the opposite as offended and boring, respectively, and their shared fatigue for the performative, image-conscious tropes of mainstream homosexual tradition draw them collectively. Earlier than lengthy, the commitment-phobic pair discover themselves navigating the standard messiness of the mismatched film rom-com couple, awash within the rainbow colours of city white queerdom. Can these two loopy children make it? Let’s discover out!
Troublesome Folks: Bros carries an enormous weight on its shoulders; it’s one of many first homosexual rom-coms to be launched by a significant studio (we’ll not brook any Fireplace Island erasure right here, kids), and the primary to get a nationwide launch in theaters. Naturally, stakeholders of many stripes are watching this venture intently — if it succeeds, it might open the door for extra tales with queer leads in multiplexes across the globe. If it fails, that individual experiment might find yourself again within the celluloid closet, solely to be dragged again out when some enterprising soul desires to strive once more.
The very best, and worst, factor about Bros is that it (and writer-star Eichner and co-writer/director Nicholas Stoller) is totally conscious of this duty, and tries very, very exhausting to fulfill it. And the outcomes are charming, accessible, and pretty particular to the queer group in a method that’s simply sanitized sufficient for the straights to take a seat by. Nonetheless, its determined need to fulfill its straight audiences midway, to not point out its frantic must place itself as an Vital Second in Queer Herstory, shoots it within the foot at very important moments.
At its core, although, Bros stays a showcase for Eichner, who’s shortly turn into one of the crucial distinguished faces in queer media because of exhibits like Parks and Recreation and Hulu’s Troublesome Folks. His usually loud, caustic humorousness is on full show right here, albeit considerably sanitized for an older Eichner who acknowledges the shelf lifetime of that form of snark.