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Review: You really should go see the gay rom-com BROS!

In this film, a gay man in New York called Bobby Leiber hosts a podcast about queer history and is put in charge of developing an LGBTQ History Museum. Determinedly single, Bobby meets a man called Aaron who upends his cosy unattached world. 

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Billed as a ‘gay’ romantic comedy, this is probably not your standard rom com. The film is very sex positive, and is not afraid to show men having sex with other men. Those scenes are at times tender, and other times incredibly funny. They also reflect an honesty about sex and sexuality that is often missing in films of this genre, and while they are overt, they are never tasteless.

Some scenes and dialogue are incredibly funny, particularly when gently mocking some aspects of queer culture.

The main character at times gets a little preachy and angry, but it enables the film to explore the complex social dynamics, fears and aspirations in a very tight knit community. As well as the laughs, there are also some very dramatic, tender, and yes, romantic moments. 

There are also some great cameos from actors such as Harvey Fierstein, Jai Rodriguez, Ben Stiller, Seth Myers, and Debra Messing.

Overall, Bros is a cleverly written, well-acted film that it is remarkably affirming of the LGBT community in all of its fractious diversity.

So how did I score it?

Acting   8 /10

Story/Script 8 /10

Cinematography    7/10

Set/Costumes   7/10

Entertainment value  8 /10

That gives BROS an average score of   7.6 / 10


Starring:   Billy Eichner, Luke Mcfarlane, Ts Madison, Monica Raymund, Guillermo Diaz, Guy Branum, Amanda Bearse

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller 

Duration: 115 Minutes

Opens in Australia and New Zealand – 27th October  2022


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