Bro’s Review: Billy Eichner Makes Rom-Com Royalty

This is not a boy-meets-girl story – this is a boy-meets-brother story. Bros is a romantic comedy starring Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane as two opposite men who begin a relationship together. This film is the first gay romantic comedy from a major studio to feature a lead cast of LGBTQ+ actors. With the theatrically released rom-com dying out in recent years, this is a triumphant return to the genre, offering some of the loudest laughs and heartfelt love stories we’ve seen from Hollywood in a long time.

Eichner does away with the gay best friend of past rom-coms and portrays a gay relationship with loving passion. As a co-writer of the film, Eichner brings much of his voice to the character he portrays. The main character is Bobby Lieber, a podcaster and museum curator who is out and proud. He uses his platform to humorously comment on the LGBTQ+ community and is helping to plan a museum about their history. While working on all of this, he meets a macho lawyer named Aaron, and the two begin an unlikely relationship. It’s all handled to near perfection with a script that lands on every level.

This movie is funny – it’s everything a comedy should be. fortunately, Bros delivers belly laughs with an excellently written script and plenty of humorous direction from Nicholas Stoller. The humor in this film works so well because of the fantastic comedic timing of Eichner and his co-stars. It offers a detailed, uniquely funny representation of gay men as they tease out the differences between sections of the LGBTQ+ community. Bros never fails to provide some of the year’s biggest laughs, including a surprisingly well-timed Maroon 5 joke.

It’s a great comedy, but is it a good romantic comedy? Affirmative. This is a beautiful romantic story told in the funniest way. The chemistry between the two leads shouldn’t make sense, but it does. It offers some of the best sex scenes ever shown on screen, plus you get a sense of how these two complement each other – even if they’re not perfect. Eichner and Macfarlane are magical together and the rest of the cast are hilarious in their roles. The supporting cast is excellent, making almost every character easy to like.

The biggest downside to rom-coms is the structure and how most follow a formula. If you have seen a romantic comedy from the early 2000s, you know what will generally happen in this movie because it is a very familiar love story. However, Bros works because of its entertaining humor and light-hearted exploration of LGBTQ+ people. But the film knows when to pull back, with a scene where Eichner’s character delivers a sad monologue about becoming gay and how people perceive him. His character can resonate with many young people who are figuring out their sexual orientation, and it’s a pleasure to see gay people represented on screen in this way.

Although the film is very much about gay people, Bobby and Aaron are two complex, flawed characters. They have qualities that everyone can relate to, and at its core this is a story about a romantic relationship. Relationships are unique, messy, and painful at times, but they can be beautiful, necessary, and phenomenal in all the right ways. Bros is one of the best romantic comedies of the decade, offering plenty of laughs and maybe even a few tears by the end of it.

SCORE: 9/10

Like ComingSoon’s audit policy explains, a score of 9 equals “Excellent.” Entertainment that reaches this level is at the top of its type. The gold standard that every creator aims to reach.

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