“Bros” is a decent comedy film that is self-aware, enjoyable, sensible, and has a nicely written romantic track. Rarely do we come across an excellent romantic comedy that makes us smile, mushy, and laugh and also takes potshots at recent pop culture. Directed by Nicholas Stoller and written for the screen by Billy Eichner and Nicholas Stoller, “Bros” had its big screen release on September 30th, 2022. Based on the life of a gay podcaster, Bobby Lieber, who swore to love his single life but falls in love with someone quite the opposite of himself. Do you want to know how it ends? Read on to find out more.
What Happens In The ‘Bros’ Film?
Bobby Lieber is a successful writer and a podcaster who runs a podcast called “The Eleventh Brick” from New York, and he is brutally honest about his sexuality and his single, independent life. He talks about his casual hookups and his job opportunities as a screenwriter, and he makes fun of himself and his community. His character kind of mirrors Joe Rogan’s. Bobby believes gay people are just like other heterosexual people and that there is nothing special about them. He goes through a series of casual hookups through Grindr. At the launch party of another dating app, Bobby meets Aaron, a lawyer by profession.
Bobby and Aaron don’t hit it off instantly but eventually end up kissing, though not before Aaron makes it clear that he isn’t looking for any serious relationship. But soon, they start talking and go on a movie date. Aaron says he finds Bobby to be too intense, while Bobby says that he finds Aaron to be too straight, and Aaron likes Garth Brooks. Aaron also finds out that Bobby is on the board of the brand-new national LGBTQ museum, showcasing the history of the people in the past who were queer. Bobby invites Aaron to one of the fundraisers, but Aaron leaves the party halfway. Bobby panics and sends a lot of messages to him, but they soon go on a date that ends up having sexual intercourse. The story hereafter follows the ups and downs of their relationship, leading to the end that will narrate the fate of the couple.
‘Bros’ Ending Explained: What Finally Happens To Bobby And Aaron? Do They Reconcile Their Relationship?
Aaron soon reveals he always wanted to be a chocolatier but never pursued that dream because he thought a gay guy making and selling chocolates was a cliché. Bobby encourages him otherwise. Bobby and Aaron soon head to the Province Town to request a huge sum from a rich millionaire for the final wing of the museum. Aaron helps Bobby crack the deal. Bobby is impressed with Aaron’s conversational skills and starts to like him even more. Bobby soon reveals how he was always asked to tone down growing up, even though his parents knew him very well. Aaron and Bobby start to understand one another and date for another month. Meanwhile, Aaron’s high school crush, Josh, comes out as gay and meets Aaron and Bobby at a Christmas party. Josh invites them to a party at his place, but Bobby notices the chemistry between Josh and Aaron and gets a little insecure. For New Year’s, Aaron introduces Bobby to his parents. Bobby, being himself, goes all vocal and opinionated with them, which angers Aaron.
An angry Aaron breaks off and heads to a party where he meets Josh. He ends up kissing him, which Bobby spots. Angry, hurt, and insecurity piling up, Bobby breaks up with Aaron. Aaron tries to make up with Bobby, but Bobby makes it clear he can’t trust Aaron anymore. Aaron soon follows his passion for being a chocolatier and conveys the same to Bobby. Bobby is now busy with the opening of the museum and starts to miss Aaron. He texts Aaron, and Aaron gets excited to see his message. He heads to the inauguration of the museum, where Bobby spots him and sings a song written by him for Aaron, singing it in Garth Brook style. Aaron and Bobby patch up and give each other three more months. After three months, Aaron’s mother brings her second-grade students to the museum. Aaron is delighted to see her do this and asks Bobby if he wants to have kids.
Even though the ending of the film is too cliched, just like every other romantic comedy, there is, but somehow, because of the writing and a tad bit of realism mixed with a suspension of disbelief, it works. It was known very early in the film that Aaron and Bobby will end up together, as the film reaches its climax, you root for the lead pair to come together and live happily ever after for the next three months. The screenplay is decent here, with funny moments coupled with self-aware humor.
The humor in the film will surely last because it doesn’t hesitate to take potshots at current pop culture moments; for example, a scene where Bobby makes fun of Queer Eye. A running gag throughout the film is the makers and writers taking a dig at the Hallmark channel for releasing queer-friendly content in the wake of woke culture. Billy Eicher writes such hilarious sequences without worrying about the backlash. The chemistry the lead pair share is good and endearing. The only portion that felt incomplete was Bobby’s profession as a podcaster. He was introduced as a controversial podcaster, but five minutes into the film, it is forgotten. The conflict within the LGBTQ community is showcased hilariously without being offensive. Not to forget an amazing cameo by Debra Messing. The writers, Billy Eichner and Nicholas Stoller did not ruin the story at hand, which ends on a satisfying note. Nicholas Stoller made a decent film without getting all preachy. The performances of the actors were a bit lacking, but the narrative kept the film afloat. Luke Macfarlane was okay as Aaron. Billy Eichner was good as Bobby Lieber. But I’m still trying to figure out why this film is called “Bros.”