Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Some gay critics have complained that Bros forces a gay love story to fit the formula of a straight love story for straight audience appeal even while making a central point that gay love is not like straight love. I can understand that, but I can only respond to the film as a straight viewer, and I loved it. Bros is joyous, quick-witted, moving, well written, well acted, and very appealing, with some pretty solid pop-culture criticisms built in as a bonus. After a week of stress (thanks Ian), it was such a welcome relief to sit in a theater and laugh and happy-cry and feel lifted up as if on a cloud of joy.

Billy Eichner deserves much of the credit for its success, as the star, co-writer, and co-producer. He bares himself on camera in many ways, not just in the flesh. You can feel him pouring his heart and obsessions and personal experiences into the film, and also challenging himself to make it fresh and new and honest throughout, and to say and do things he'd never said or done before. I'm very impressed.

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Scott Hardie: Weird technical issue: I noticed a lot more dialogue looping than in a normal film. There were numerous times when an actor's mouth didn't match what we could hear them saying, and often an accompanying cut to a different camera angle in the middle of a sentence in an attempt to conceal the mismatch. I don't know what happened -- I'm guessing they didn't have money for proper reshoots so they tried to patch the film via ADR instead? -- but it was a little distracting. − October 2, 2022 • more by Scott

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Evie Totty: “It ruled.”

I loved this movie!

I'm thoroughly enjoying this wave of seeing life through the lens of non-heterosexuals.

From this to Spoiler Alert to Glamorous to Heartstopper.

Sure, there was Queer as Folk back in the day (oh, how I love/hated Brian), but this new crop seems so authentic.

And I knew Billy Eichner was really gay going in, and then I saw he was a I knew it was authentic. And to see him be a regular human being with commitment issues that I can definitely relate to made it all that more enjoyable.

I wish I could say more about this film because I really did love it.

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Scott Hardie: Me too! So glad you loved it! :-)

My favorite scene is Bobby's five-minute monologue on the beach. (For those curious to watch it, it's on Amazon Prime Video at exactly the 1-hour mark in the film.) The two main characters are celebrating a big win earlier that day, but Billy Eichner's character starts talking about how he's had to fake confidence his whole life, and his words grow increasingly bitter and honest. You can feel the movie shift gears, because up to this point, it's been a fairly straightforward romantic comedy, lots of traditional setup-joke-setup-joke kind of material, and in this moment you get the sense that co-writer Eichner just can't hold in his pain any longer and it flows out of him. It's a heck of a moment, akin to America Ferrera's monologue a year later in Barbie about the impossibility of being a woman in society, another scene that brings the comedy to a halt because the truth that it needs to discuss is too painful and too important. − September 6, 2023 • more by Scott

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