Billy Eichner arrives on the red carpet for ‘Bros’ during the 17th Rome Film Festival on October 22, 2022 in Rome, Italy. “Bros” heads to Peacock on Friday. File photo by Rocco Spaziani/UPI. | license photo
Nov. 28 (UPI) — brothers comes to Peacock. The first LGBT+ rom-com released by a major studio heads to the streamer after its theatrical release.
Co-written by Billy Eichner and Nicholas Stoller, and directed by Stoller, the film centers on two gay men who may or may not be heading towards true love. Originally released in September, brothers featured a fully LGBT+ main cast including Luke Macfarlane (Killjoy), Ts Madison (The T.S. Madison Experience), Monica Raymund (chicago fire), Guillermo Diaz (Scandal)Guy Branum (The other two) and amanda bearse (Married with children).
“We’ve had a lot of romantic comedies over the years that I love about straight characters — men and women falling in love, falling out of love — and I love those movies,” Eichner said in an interview with the filmmakers via Zoom in September. . “They made me laugh. They made me cry. I grew up on those movies, but we’ve never released one on this scale about a gay couple and with so many LGBTQ+ characters and so many LGBTQ+ actors playing the roles, including the straight roles.”
The synopsis reads: “From the ferocious comic mind of Billy Eichner (Billy in the street2019 The Lion King, difficult people, Indictment: American Crime Story) and the brilliance of filmmakers Nicholas Stoller (the neighbours Films, Forgetting Sarah Marshall) and Judd Apatow (The King of Staten Island, Trainwreck, The Big Sick)comes from brothersa smart, emotional and heartfelt comedy about how hard it is to find another tolerable human being to live life with.”
Although the film opened to great fanfare due to its innovative subject matter, it was a disappointment in theaters, grossing only $4.8 million in its opening weekend. Eichner expressed his sentiment that homophobia was behind the box office failure for the film.
“Last night, I snuck in and sat in the back of a sold-out theater to play BROS in Los Angeles,” he said. posted on Twitter. “The audience roared with laughter from start to finish, erupted in applause at the end, and some were crying on their way out. It was truly magical. Really. I’m SO proud of this movie.”
“This is the world we live in, unfortunately,” Eichner continued on Twitter. “Even with glowing reviews and great Rotten Tomatoes scores, an A CinemaScore, etc., straight people, especially in certain parts of the country, just didn’t show up for ‘Bros.’ And that’s disappointing, but it is what it is.”
brothers begins airing on Peacock on Friday.