September 24, 2022

The Pitch: Bobby Lieber (Billy Eichner) is a profitable pillar of the homosexual neighborhood in New York Metropolis: He’s obtained a well-liked 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 just isn’t love,” he stresses early on to his pals, rejecting the oft-used homosexual rights sentiment as a mislead get straight folks to deal with queer people like human beings. As a substitute, he chips away at one awkward Grindr hookup after one other.

However fortune adjustments when Bobby runs into hunky property lawyer Aaron (Luke Macfarlane) at a membership;  they every clock the opposite as indignant 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 youngsters make it? Let’s discover out!

Tough Individuals: 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 Hearth Island erasure right here, youngsters), and the primary to get a nationwide launch in theaters. Naturally, stakeholders of many stripes are watching this challenge carefully — if it succeeds, it may open the door for extra tales with queer leads in multiplexes across the globe. If it fails, that exact experiment may find yourself again within the celluloid closet, solely to be dragged again out when some enterprising soul needs to attempt once more.

The perfect, and worst, factor about Bros is that it (and writer-star Eichner and co-writer/director Nicholas Stoller) is absolutely conscious of this duty, and tries very, very onerous to fulfill it. And the outcomes are charming, accessible, and pretty particular to the queer neighborhood in a means that’s simply sanitized sufficient for the straights to sit down via. Nonetheless, its determined want to fulfill its straight audiences midway, to not point out its frantic have to place itself as an Essential 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 rapidly turn into one of the distinguished faces in queer media due to exhibits like Parks and Recreation and Hulu’s Tough Individuals. His sometimes loud, caustic humorousness is on full show right here, albeit considerably sanitized for an older Eichner who acknowledges the shelf lifetime of that sort of snark.

Bros (Common Footage)

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