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The main drawback of The Brothers is one of balance.
Looks good and is often easy to digest.
For all its coarse humor, The Brothers has moments of tenderness and depth.
Feels kinda like a misguided after-school special for adults.
Smart, earthy and, in its own way, tender, The Brothers packs a powerfully entertaining punch.
| Original Score: 3/4
For romantic comedy, it is not particularly romantic or funny.
It's undeniable that director-writer Gary Hardwick's The Brothers has a target demographic. But the movie's themes of family, love and friendship are universal.
Ultimately, The Brothers ends on a very girlie note.
While philosophical at times, the approach is courageous in its honesty, with solid performances across the board to back it up.
The movie's a mixed bag, but worth seeing for the good stuff, which is a lesson in how productive it can be to allow characters to say what they might actually say.
The Brothers is carried by the warmth that both sexes pour into its sitcom soul.
This glossy romantic comedy gets off to a good start...[but] some of the storylines are slack...
| Original Score: 2.5/5
It seems as though the entire budget of this movie was spent on expensive set decoration.
Hardwick's boisterous film is enjoyably slapstick and uses laughter rather than psychological insights as therapy.
It's funny stuff.
An amiable, engaging and personal film.
The egomaniacal thrust behind The Brothers is the same drive that's fueled dozens of other low-watt bar-talk flicks.
So we have a bunch of guys going about their lives and not doing anything that's all that interesting.
Digs more vibrantly into issues of trust, fear, pleasure, commitment, and camaraderie than any Hollywood feature in recent memory.
| Original Score: B+
The dialogue is witty and lively, and the characters are crafted with insight and care.