Romantic comedies can often be predictable but if they make you care about the relationship and make people laugh, it’s a success.
“Bros” does just that, and more.
In the film, Bobby (Billy Eichner) is a successful podcast host and is on the leadership team working toward opening a museum dedicated to LGBTQ+ history. While his career is going well, though, his love life isn’t all that active, as he’s reluctant toward long term relationships.
That is until he meets Aaron (Luke Macfarlane), who he hits it off really well with. Aaron, another person with little luck in romance and hesitancy toward commitment, also really comes to like Bobby. The two begin dating, but they have to overcome some of their previous concepts on love to make their relationship work.
“Bros” is a movie that goes down the traditional romantic comedy track from start to finish, complete with the blow-up between the characters at the end of the second act. The good news is that the film has all the bells and whistles that make a romcom great.
For instance, the relationship at the heart of the whole movie is wonderfully charming and sweet. Watching it develop, where these two hesitant characters are taking the steps to break down barriers to be together, is just delightful. Their budding romance makes a great feel-good experience.
Their interactions, as well as many of the goings on around them, are also immensely funny. Penned by Eichner and Nicholas Stoller, who also directed, “Bros” is absolutely full of laugh out loud moments.
The film’s humor, revolving around dating life, LGBTQ+ culture and masculinity, is really clever and feels fresh. There’s just the right amount of cynicism in the script, too, as there’s comedic takes on online hook-ups and an overall sense of self-awareness.
Both lead actors are also integral to making the film work, too. As one of the writers, Eichner had a clear idea for the main character, and it comes through in his performance as well.
Bobby is a pessimist and can come off like an asshole sometimes, but he legitimately means well, is a strong advocate for important causes and is overall a good guy who’s fearful of getting hurt in a relationship. Eichner is really good at bringing all of that to the forefront, to where an audience understands where Bobby is coming from and wants him to succeed.
Luke Macfarlane’s character is in a similar position. Aaron is a confident person outwardly, but he tip-toes into his relationship with Bobby because he doesn’t want to feel vulnerable. Macfarlane really captures that, and the character’s push to overcome his trepidation.
The film is also benefited by the fact that both leads have really great chemistry with each other on screen. Thanks to them, the rest of the solid cast and the strong writing, “Bros” manages to fire on all cylinders. It’s a great romcom. 4.5 out of 5.