The Bros Movie Ending Explained (In Detail)

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Warning: Contains spoilers for Bros!


This may be the story of Bobby and Aaron falling in love, but there’s a surprising amount going on in Brothers this might make the ending unclear to some. With the Brothers film, Universal Studios is making history as the first LGBTQ+ romantic comedy from a major studio. It follows in the footsteps of old gay romantic comedies like Hulu’s The happiest seasonbut it also definitely goes to the next step.

Bobby (Billy Eichner) and Aaron (Luke Macfarlane) are both sure they don’t want a relationship. Bobby is certain his single life and random relationships are enough for him and Aaron is keen to keep things loose. However, in true romantic comedy style, the two fall in love with each other and by the end of Brothers they agree to try to make a relationship work.

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As Bobby and Aaron’s relationship and struggles are at the center of Brothers, their story is against an equally important backdrop. Throughout the film, there are references not only to queer life and experiences, but also to the importance of LGBTQ+ history and a focus on how that history has been erased for so long. long time. It all builds into a nuanced rom-com finale, and LGBTQ+ history and experiences are key to understanding. Brothers‘ finishing.


What does a 4 on the Kinsey scale mean?

In the Brothers Ending scenes, Aaron’s mother (Amanda Bearse), is seen exploring the LGBTQ+ history museum that Bobby worked on throughout the film. One of the holographic characters, Ben Stiller appearing as his Night at the museum character, Larry Daley, informs her that she is a 4 on the Kinsey scale. Aaron’s mother seems surprised by this, but doesn’t dispute the affair.

The Kinsey Scale was developed by Alfred Kinsey and he first published the concept in 1948. The scale ranges from 0, which means “Exclusively heterosexualto 6, indicating “Exclusively homosexual” while also including X for “No socio-sexual contacts or reactions.” While 3 is the direct center, a 4 on the Kinsey scale is relatively in the middle of the road, marked as “Mainly homosexual, but more than incidentally heterosexual.” This suggests that in Brothers Aaron’s mother is bi/pan+. The Kinsey Scale has fallen out of favor in more recent history because it focuses on binary terminology and does not serve as a good representation for trans or non-binary people when measuring their sexuality or attraction to people. others for them. It’s a fun nod to the fact that, like nearly every cast and crew in Brothers, Amanda Bearse is LGBTQ+, specifically lesbian. However, more importantly, it highlights the structures that society assumes that led Aaron’s mother into a traditional marriage without seeming to have questioned her own identity before.

The LGBTQ+ Museum’s Final Exhibit Explained

The latest exhibition of the LGBTQ+ museum in Brothers is a topic of much discussion throughout the film, with the board arguing over it several times. While the finalized version of the exhibit as a whole contains a wealth of LGBTQ+ history that is lesser known, it also includes some deliberate incitement to the culture. Following Aaron’s comments, they included a series of holograms of straight actors playing iconic LGBTQ+ historical figures, poking fun at the long-standing issue of LGBTQ+ roles being given to non-gay actors.

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The final exposition itself ends up not being about Abraham Lincoln’s sexuality, but rather seems to be somewhat absent. In a way, Bobby and Aaron become the final exhibition, as they show their affection in front of everyone. But above all, they show their love in their own way and the fact that the community is not a monolith is the last part of the museum to Brothers.

Why did Bobby and Aaron agree to date for 3 months?

In the Brothers at the end, it briefly appears to the audience, Aaron, and the throng of onlookers, that Bobby plans to propose to Aaron with the large ring he borrows from Tamara (Eve Lindley). However, he instead asks Aaron out on a date for three months, then “reevaluate.” It might sound weird, but it’s the perfect ending to a story about how same-sex relationships are their own story. While Bobby could have offered in a classic rom-com style, it would have fit the mold of “Hallheart” movies with their happy LGBTQ+ endings. A shorter commitment followed by careful reassessment works best for both Brothers characters and is more representative of the variety of experiences of the LGBTQ+ community.

What Bobby’s Song “Love Is Not Love” Means

Written for Brothers by Billy Eichner & Marc Shaiman, Bobby performs the song “Love Is Not Love” for Aaron outside the museum. The song, performed in the style of Garth Brooks, may seem odd for a rom-com with the “Love Is Not Love” chorus and references to many things the pair have been through that aren’t part of the traditional comedy narrative. romantic. However, that’s kind of the point of the song.

Brothers ‘Love Isn’t Love’ picks up on other comments Bobby makes throughout the film that the idea that LGBTQ+ romance is exactly the same as cishet relationships isn’t true. . Instead, he explains that it was actually a marketing plot by the queer community to convince society to accept them, with the slogan “Love Is Love” serving as a major marker for this. “Love is not love” as a repeated comment highlights the fact that LGBTQ+ love is different from “traditional“Romances seen in rom-coms, but that’s who they are and that’s fine too.

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The real meaning of Bros ending

Much of the meaning of Brothers The ending is encapsulated in the song “Love Is Not Love” and the construction that Bobby provides at this point throughout the film. However, it also goes further than that. When it comes to romance, the LGBTQ+ experience is different from other relationships because the whole community and culture is different. But that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be accepted and that’s exactly why society needs films like Brothers to highlight an unsanitized exploration of queer love and relationships.

But the movie goes further than that, as pointed out in the Brothers ending with the school trip Aaron’s mom brings to the LGBTQ+ museum, acknowledging that Bobby was right about not being too young. Much of queer history has been lost, forgotten or deliberately erased, and Brothers repeatedly nods to the fact that much of the community and oral history has been lost due to the AIDS crisis. Brothers not only explains some of this history, but also encourages people to explore it and highlights how better it can be for people (including children) to be able to understand who they are and not have to go through the struggle of self-exploration alone. Although it can sometimes feel like a fun queer rom-com, Brothers‘ The ending leaves viewers with strong messages about the importance of acceptance and a better understanding of LGBTQ+ history.

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