© Universal Pictures International Germany GmbH

U.S.A. 2022

Opening 27 Oct 2022

Directed by: Nicholas Stoller
Writing credits: Billy Eichner, Nicholas Stoller
Principal actors: Billy Eichner, Luke Macfarlane, Guy Branum, Miss Lawrence, TS Madison

On his gay radio podcast Bobby (Billy Eichner) discusses topics and answers questions e.g., auditions for the Queer Eye presentations and the LGBTQ+ Pride Award. He is writing a book. Probate lawyer Aaron (Luke Macfarlane) advises customers on setting up their last wills and testaments. Bobby and Aaron meet at a gay party full of sexy guys, dancing around without shirts. It is love at first sight, although Bobby and Aaron remain cautious and questioning. Aaron dislikes his profession and would rather be a chocolatier, making chocolate pralines, even setting up a chocolate factory, even becoming the next Willy Wonka. Bobby is influential in setting up the new National Museum of lgbtq+History+Culture, but how to finance it? He convinces Aaron to accompany him to visit a Chinese millionaire (Bowen Yang) in the hopes of receiving a large donation. Aaron is a fan of country singer Garth Brooks (who also supports homosexuality). There is a discussion whether former US president Abraham Lincoln was also gay.

Actors Billy Eichner and Luke Macfarlane have no problem kissing each other, and more. In real life they are gay, as well as are most of the actors in this gay film. I felt like I was watching my TV channel OUT, which only features gay productions. There is never a slow minute in the fast, comical text. There is a short scene with Debra Messing who plays herself. I saw the film in German, and it was obvious that the words “date” and “dating” are now officially a part of the German language. I viewed the film a second time at the 2022 Filmfest Hamburg, this time in English, which helped me fill in some text I had missed. It’s obviously, a modern film; the characters spend much time writing/talking on their mobile phones. Bros, of course, comes from the word “brothers” and is used as a greeting among homosexual males. Bros offers much to consider and think about, no matter whether the viewer comes from a straight or a gay world, as well as being entertaining, supported by 16 songs. It shows us scenes in New York City, e.g., Christopher Street, but was mainly filmed in Massachusetts, including Provincetown. (Becky Tan)

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