Film: Bros

Opened: September 30, 2022

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller

Starring: Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane, Ts Madison, Monica Raymund, Guillermo Díaz, Guy Branum, Amanda Bearse, Jim Rash, Miss Lawrence, Dot-Marie Jones, Eve Lindley, Jai Rodriguez, Harvey Fierstein, Bowen Yang, Debra Messing, Peter Kim, Justin Covington, Symone, Ryan Faucett, Becca Blackwell, D’Lo Srijaerajah, Brock Ciarlelli, Ben Stiller, Kenan Thompson, Amy Schumer, Seth Meyers & Kristin Chenoweth

Co-writer and star Billy Eichner was so focused on making a gay film with an entirely openly LGBTQ+ principal cast that he forgot to make his characters likeable, and that is where Bros falters.

National LGBTQ+ History Museum Curator Bobby Lieber (Eichner) goes to a nightclub and spots the attractive Aaron Shepard (Luke Macfarlane). They connect a bit, but the pair’s energy takes a while to match up.

Eichner is funny, but he’s a hard personality to handle, which is exactly how Bobby is. What may turn away a lot of audiences, including LGBTQ+ audiences, is that the gayness is constantly thrown at you. And while I get and applaud that Eichner wanted this to be as gay as possible, it’s hard to enjoy when the messages are being shouted at you.

Final say: Acquaintances, not bros. ★★★☆☆

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