“I’m the variety rent,” Stoller, who’s straight, informed me.

He thought instantly of Eichner, whom he had labored with on “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” and the acerbic Netflix collection “Friends From College.” In between seasons of that present, he known as Eichner up, suggesting they collaborate. “Undoubtedly,” Stoller remembers Eichner saying.

Eichner, talking in April from, as he put it, “Las Vegas, of all horrible locations,” the place he had simply debuted the “Bros” trailer, remembers it slightly otherwise. He had by no means written a film. He had by no means starred in a single. And he had come to consider he by no means would. He had liked rom-coms as a child. His mother and father took him to “When Harry Met Sally,” “Fairly Lady” (yikes), “Soiled Dancing,” “Sleepless in Seattle.”

Staring up on the display screen, as a 14-year-old, Eichner remembered considering, “I might do this. I may very well be Tom Hanks on this film.”

However 20 years within the leisure business had taught him that as a homosexual man, the Tom Hanks roles weren’t accessible to him. And that even homosexual roles — in “In & Out,” say, or “The Birdcage,” or “Brokeback Mountain,” which “Bros” briefly satirizes — have been usually performed by straight actors. At the least one was performed by Hanks. (Keep in mind “Philadelphia”?)

“It was simply all the time implied that my choices can be very restricted,” he stated.

Nonetheless, he agreed to write down “Bros.” Although he frightened he wouldn’t have something to say. “I haven’t had many severe relationships in my grownup life,” he stated. “I’m not towards them, I’m not an antirelationship individual. It’s simply not one thing that has occurred to me.”

After which one night time, a narrative started to counsel itself: two males, attracted to one another however each cautious of dedication, particularly as they grew up earlier than same-sex marriage was legalized. Out and proud but in addition scared and self-doubting, Bobby stumbles towards a relationship with Aaron (Luke Macfarlane), a macho trusts and estates lawyer.