review by Bobby Blakey
Billy Eichner has been bringing his own brand of comedy to the masses for years with his hilarious show Billy On The Street as well as appearances on Parks & Recreation, The Lion King and so much more. His latest film, BROS has him not only starring, but also writing and producing the film as well with Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Neighbors director Nicholas Stoller at the helm, but does it bring the laughs or will it fail to find the bromance?
BROS follows the first romantic comedy from a major studio about two gay men maybe, possibly, probably, stumbling towards love. Maybe. They're both very busy. The film co-stars Luke Macfarlane, Dot-Marie Jones, Jim Rash, Guillermo Diaz, Miss Lawrence, Ts Madison, Eve Lindley and Guy Branum.
I have been a fan of Eichner for years so when I found out he was starring in a new movie I was instantly interested. The trailers were pretty funny so I had high hopes for this rom come, but clearly not as high as I should have because it is so damn funny and good. The film brings the usual rom com formula to the mix with the gay twist and it not only works, but infuses that something special to make it stand out.
Most of this is contributed to Eichner himself who is so good here, but not the usual over the top loud in your face fans have grown to love. Sure some of that is here, but this is a more vulnerable character that is trying to not only find his way in love, but in his life and overall happiness. This sets the tone to a hilarious film that turns the entire genre on its head in the best way possible.
Eichner pulls no punches with his fast barrage of dialogue and jokes, but also showcases signs of vulnerability and depth offering up easily his best performance to date. The jokes fly a hundred miles an hour a minute with everything landing to perfection. The entire cast are awesome and all bring their own flair to the mix and make every moment enjoyable to watch. Gone is the gay best friend character that this genre has been using for comedy effect or support and instead it is infused with a variety of people giving it a balanced mix across the board.
I love that this film exists as it is empowering to that community and not only entertains, but shines a light on their ongoing issues of acceptance with the world around them, themselves and their history. That being said this isn’t just a gay romantic comedy, but so much more. It is hard to believe that this is one of if not the first gay focused romantic comedy put out by a major studio and hope this film not only entertains the masses, but also makes it feel more like the norm for the industry.
In addition to the film this release offers bonus content including a gag reel, deleted scenes, featurettes and more. Grab your copy of BROS available now on digital, Blu-ray and DVD from Universal Home Entertainment.