Bros (2022)
October 13, 2022 7:33 AM - Subscribe

Two men (Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane) with commitment problems attempt a relationship.

Also starring Guy Branum, Miss Lawrence, Ts Madison, Dot-Marie Jones, Jim Rash, Eve Lindley, Monica Raymund, Guillermo Díaz, Jai Rodriguez, Amanda Bearse, Debra Messing, Peter Y. Kim, Justin Covington, Symone, Ryan Faucett, Becca Blackwell, D'Lo, Bowen Yang, Harvey Fierstein, Brock Ciarlelli, Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Wilkas, Dahlia Rodriguez, Derrick Delgado, George Dvorsky, Jamyl Dobson, Ben Stiller.

Directed by Nicholas Stoller. Screenplay by Nicholas Stoller & Billy Eichner.

88% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.

Now playing in theaters. JustWatch listing.
posted by DirtyOldTown (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I really want to see this and I'm sad it's underperforming in the theatres but... I am not going to a movie theatre. Will rent when I can!
posted by obfuscation at 9:40 AM on October 13, 2022 [4 favorites]

This was genuinely funny. I’ve read people saying Billy Eichner is unlikeable but I like him and I think he’s well used in this movie.

Some people did walk out of the showing I was in.
posted by jeoc at 3:30 PM on October 13, 2022 [1 favorite]

I saw this in a nearly empty movie theater on Thanksgiving Monday. I thought it was pretty solid, and I loved the scene when Bowen Yang's character describes his dream LGBTQ+ haunted ride.

There were some moments that kind of just happened and then they were never mentioned again: Bobby walking into Aaron giving himself an injection of testosterone in the bathroom; the "I'll kill you" comment during the restaurant scene with Aaron's parents, which, yikes? I would have liked it if they had unpacked whatever was happening there. I think I'd give this a B+ - solid jokes, great cast. Ran a little long for me, and Aaron's character development felt thin.
posted by janepanic at 7:04 PM on October 13, 2022 [1 favorite]

Bobby walking into Aaron giving himself an injection of testosterone in the bathroom

This later ties into Bobby trying to give himself testosterone and get swoll, the gym hookup, etc.

I saw this and I liked it -- it is very damned funny -- but I can also see how it is having some trouble finding its audience. It's likely a bit too raunchy for a lot of the typical rom-com audience but too genuinely emotional and in your face about real issues for a raunchy sex comedy audience. (Just like Bobby!) But it's probably mostly homophobia.

As someone who genuinely loves romance novels and ironically loves Hallmark Christmas movies, though, this was very fun for me. The line-up of diverse Hallmark movies cracked me up and watching the story line-up all the rom-com tropes and hit them with such glee was great.

I did think it was odd that after the movie mentions Garth Brooks about 4 times, Bobby watches a clip of what I think was Brad Paisley while writing his song. I'm guessing they couldn't clear footage of Brooks.
posted by jacquilynne at 10:37 AM on October 17, 2022

Bobby walking into Aaron giving himself an injection of testosterone in the bathroom

Interesting that this moment stuck out for others too.

I think Aaron was lying, and that he was actually juicing but didn't want to admit it. (As someone who has been in that exact situation with an almost suspiciously hunky/stacked ex-boyfriend.)

Low testosterone is a legitimate problem for a certain subset of men, I am certain. But it has very definitely been the snake oil of recent years for guys looking to throw money after their masculinity complex. It's possible Aaron is a legit low-T kind of guy, but ... I think there's a layer to that moment.
posted by mykescipark at 5:34 PM on October 24, 2022 [2 favorites]

I really enjoyed that film. I cried with laughter several times during the first two-thirds, and while it got maybe a bit too sentimental in the last third, I was invested enough in the characters to not mind a bit of schmaltz.

There was a small audience at the screening I was at, but this has been running for a few weeks here in Helsinki so that wasn’t surprising, and they laughed a lot too, which made the whole thing even more enjoyable.
posted by Kattullus at 12:36 AM on November 25, 2022

I loved the Debra Messing appearances.
posted by Pronoiac at 10:02 PM on December 18, 2022

I saw this on Peacock after hearing a great interview with Billy Eichner about how they wanted to write a rom com that was not just the same hetero story ported onto a gay couple. It felt like a real love letter to the gay community while being accessible to unsqueamish straight people. I loved how it dragged the romance on Schitt's Creek while ultimately ending up with the same result.
posted by rikschell at 5:58 AM on March 21 [1 favorite]

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