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FILM REVIEW: BROS (15) ESP RATING: 4/5


A romantic comedy probably not to be viewed with your parents!


You may have seen my recent review of Ticket to Paradise, a lovely and nostalgic treat. I immediately declared to my Mum that she should check it out – maybe as something we could watch together. Bros also falls into the rom-com genre – but there’s not a chance in hell that I’ll be watching this one with her!



The film sees gay and single Bobby (Billy Eichner), a popular and controversial podcaster in the process of opening the world’s first LGBTQ+ museum in New York. He’s not into the traditional dating scene – with one-night stands being more his thing. At least that is his mindset before meeting Aaron (Luke McFarlane), who not only has an amazing physique, but has a great personality too.


But sadly, both are weary about making things ‘official’, which is a crying shame as they’d make the perfect couple. Are they able to take the leap of faith and break down those walls? Or is their relationship simply not meant to be?



Bros is often referred to as the first-ever gay rom-com from a major studio with many of the actors being part of the LGBTQ+ community. Why the hesitation to take my family to see it? This laugh-out-loud comedy pushes boundaries in terms of ‘shock value’. So, basically, just like how I’d never recommend checking out American Pie (which I loved) with Mum, I'll not be suggesting we watch Bros (which I also loved) either.



The script, which Eichner co-wrote with director Nicholas Stoller (Bad Neighbours, Get Him to the Greek), is smart, genuinely funny, and so very relatable. You don’t need to be part of the LGBTQ+ community to sympathise with the fact that dating in 2022 is often brutal.



I couldn’t help but notice extremely mixed reviews for Bros – varying massively from five to one star. This clearly isn’t for everyone, but if you like modern, raunchy comedies – and enter with an ‘open mind’ – you should definitely get a kick out of this.


As Bros refreshingly puts the cat among the pigeons for this genre.


ESP Rating: 4/5


Mikey Clarke



Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough, Out Now

Cast: Billy Eichner, Luke Mcfarlane, Ts Madison, Monica Raymond, Guillermo Diaz, Guy Branum, Amanda Bearse, Amy Schumer & Debra Messing

Running Time: 1 Hr 55 Mins

Director: Nicholas Stoller


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