The big news in the movie industry this weekend is why the new movie “Bros”, the first-ever LGBTQ RomCom film in the history of movies – that received a very high 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes – bombed huge at the box office, with only 4.8 million dollars.
In my opinion, this movie bombed because it was trying to be a romantic comedy like “When Harry Met Sally”, “Notting Hill” or “You’ve Got Mail”, but the screenwriter (in this case of the star of the movie Billy Eichner) forgot that movies like these from the 1980s, all knew that there was no reason to ever have any overt sexual scenes. Considering this is the first-ever openly gay movie, they should have known that “too much too early” might ruin not only the box office for this film but also any new attempt at another movie like this one. The point of all romantic comedy movies is all about the relationships, the highs, and the lows, the breakups, the reconciliation and then, some funny moments. “When Harry Met Sally”, released in 1989, and “Annie Hall”, released in 1977, both accomplish all of these things better than any other movie of its kind ever have.
According to Rotten Tomatoes, Bros is considered a very funny movie – but it is only somewhat funny, with no real laugh-out-loud scenes. There are some good points with this story that seem like the old-time romantic comedies of the 1980s, but not enough to rescue this film to fully recommend. Very clearly, this movie could have been much better, with about 5 more rewrites and removing the unnecessary and at times bad taste scenes.
The critics are way too high at 90% on Rotten Tomatoes with their rating of this movie, with my rating about 70% and a mild pass due to the unnecessary scenes, that should never be needed for any well produced and directed romantic comedy.