Web Series Wednesday: Bromance Me, Bro
Rivaled only by the rom com, the “brom com” brings hilarity and tenderness together in video entertainment that can appeal to you whether you identify as a “bro” or not. Realistically, any series or movie that showcases close male friends can get the “bromance” label. From there, it just takes chemistry to keep viewers watching, and series have at least that (minus one outlier, which takes bromance more literally).
Assuming bromance is a term that applies to all best male friendships and not strictly “bros,” these two win the bromance award of the year. “Whole Day Down” stars Patrick Breen (perhaps better known for “The Good Wife” but most loved by me for “Galaxy Quest”) and Willie Garson (best known for “Sex and the City”) in roles that seem wholly suited to them…and not in a demeaning way. They play off each other’s lines beautifully, and they make fun of so many things so well that it’s hard to keep track the main subject of their parody — art.
If the intro to this web series was the whole web series, it might be perfect. That’s not necessarily meant as an insult, either. “Bromance” is made up of tiny vignettes (from A Tiny Adventure), and it covers important bropics (bro topics?) like “Star Wars” and Marilyn Monroe. Their commentary on popular culture might be smart, but it’s hard to tell through the screen of their immature tactics.
This series from DreamWorksTV literally has bromance in the title, even though it’s not talking about the kind of romance that takes place between two bros but the rather the sparks that may or may not fly between a bro and a lady. “Hopeless Bromantic” follows a 12 (or younger?) year old as he tries to impress girls and find love (if someone that young can be looking for love) in spite of his many obvious flaws when it comes to sensitivity and basic intelligence. This may be entertaining to watch if you’re also 12 (or younger). That being said, it’s not not entirely clever…
Self-described as an “indie bromcom,” this web series hinges on some of the most pathetic jobs and aspirations that can be ascribed to young(ish) adult males. There’s very little to like about these men, but they really seem to like each other, and that’s what’s important in their fictional, New York City, bro lovin’ world. Occasionally, you get some inspired moments, like a laughing man on a sketchy stairwell drawing a penis on a love note to Ryan Gosling in crayon. The misogyny is to be expected, unfortunately.
A long-form web series from Hulu, “The Wrong Mans” starts off with a great drunken flashback scene that transitions into the start of a bad day gone worse that in turn brings on a hilarious interpretation of a “good cop, bad cop” scene. Ultimately, the series follows two, bumbling, male friends who get caught up in a criminal situation that’s way over their heads.