Bros Movie Review: What Crime Did the Brother Commit in Brothers?

Bros immerse viewers in the midst of the gay, single dating scene in a large city. The screenwriters Eichner and Nicholas Stoller address embarrassing Grindr hookups and brief club contacts, as well as the search for the perfect nude photo.

Bobby’s anger over the dating and hookup culture continues to grow as he divides gay men into two categories: the intelligent and the foolish. He ordinarily categorizes males based on their appearances, so he initially categorizes Aaron as the latter.

Bobby, however, could not be more incorrect. Aaron has the appearance of a manly, overconfident gym rat, but he struggles with insecurity.

Bros is mostly a debate about where confidence comes from and how we exhibit it, even in the worst social and professional environments.

It is a vital message about accepting one’s self-worth and individualistic style of confidence that can only come from within, a message that is all the more crucial in a community centered on physical appearance hierarchies.


The screenplay by Eichner and Stoller combines romance and personal value with discourse emphasizing the significance of LGBTQ history. Bobby jokes that no one knows who threw the first brick at the Stonewall riots, but it’s likely that a cisgender homosexual male threw the eleventh brick.

Bros Movie
Bros Movie

Much of the humor is derived from jabs at the community’s history, which society is quick to erase, as well as the infighting among the various letters of the LGBTQ alphabet. There is a great deal of persuasive content, yet the author is usually caught repeating the identical errors they criticize others for.

Bros feature an outstanding supporting cast filled with intriguing appearances. It is extremely diversified, however, most of the characters are relegated to supporting parts with little time to shine.

Nonetheless, the directing of Stoller and the writing he co-wrote with Eichner is hilarious. The majority of the witty quips originate from Bobby. However, many of them demand a considerable bit of tedious setup.

Romantic comedies rely heavily on the leads’ ability to sell their relationship to the audience. Eichner and Macfarlane pursue their electric chemistry with enthusiasm. However, Eichner’s rapid-fire language delivery is frequently annoying, culminating in an increasingly intolerable whiny figure.

However, Eichner effectively harnesses this energy into an extraordinarily powerful and emotionally rich monologue about confidence.

The only regrettable aspect of his performance is that it lacks this genuineness elsewhere. Macfarlane is consistently charming and offers Eichner much-needed composure.

Bros deserve praise for not holding back on its sexiness any more than other R-rated comedies created by Judd Apatow.

It casually incorporates displays of consensual fetishes including foot, wrestling, slapping, and poppers, which are sex-positive.

Such sex activities between same-sex couples are frequently erased and demonized in Hollywood, but Stoller’s direction celebrates them.

Bros is not exempt from the commercialization of gay stories for straight audiences, as demonstrated by Eichner’s Bobby. It offers LGBT culture in an easily accessible package that all audiences can relate to.

There is an apparent intention to teach viewers anything about LGBTQ history, but it just touches on the most obvious low-hanging fruit, which would all be covered in Queer History 101. Bobby’s lack of mastery of the subject belies his repeated assertions of intelligence when he scolds others for ignoring their past.

Bros make fun of the privilege of cis, white, conventionally handsome homosexual men. Aside from a number of jokes made at Bobby’s expense, the film typically portrays him as inferior to Aaron in the homosexual dating scene.

However, Bobby is a neighborhood leader who is constantly asked about his popular show. The writing of Eichner and Stoller suggests that Bobby and Aaron are polar opposites, making for an unusual pairing, however, this is not the case.


Bros is an essential and sophisticated romantic comedy, but it fails to walk the walk. The jokes are solid and frequently land, and the romance is endearing, albeit secondary to the comedy.

It does not reinvent the rom-com genre’s wheel, but it does not need to. However, Bros may benefit from a narrower emphasis, a less aggressive lead character, and the ability to defend its position on the very history it promotes.

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