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Bro’s Before Ho’s (2013)

Review Bro's before Ho's

Relationships can be hard and brothers Max (Tim Haars) and Jules (Daniel Arends) learned that at a very young age. When their mother leaves the house after a fight with their father he tells the two that they should never start a relationship as all women are bitches/ho’s. The two make a pact to never do so and grow up sticking to it. The two go out as much as they can and try to sleep with as many women as possible. That all changes when Max meets Anna (Sylvia Hoeks) as he falls in love with her, but when he finds out that his brother is seeing her he has to decide whether to go with his feelings or stick to his agreement with Jules.

Review Bro's before Ho's

Directors Steffen Haars and Flip Van der Kuil are well-known in the Netherlands/Belgium/Germany for their very popular creation New Kids about a group of “trailer trash” type guys who do lots of crazy things. The humour was often R-rated, but the success of the TV show spawned two very succesfull movies. With this movie the two decided to tackle the romcom, but inject it with their own humour. The end result is a nice mix of all the things you’d expect of a romantic comedy, but with so many rude and shocking jokes that this is the type of movie which will appeal to men as well. If you are shocked by rude and polically incorrect jokes involving the mentally challenged, lots of swearing and sex (even sometimes in combination) then this movie probably is not for you. If you are up for an R-rated comedy then you are in for a good time.

Review Bro's before Ho's

The movie often pays tribute to other movies. One obvious one is a reference to Clerks as Max works in a videostore and the joke about porn movies from Clerks is also present here. Max’s favorite movie, First Blood is referenced various times.
Tim Haars plays the likeable brother opposite of Daniel Arends (who is known for his stand up comedy), who is the foul mouthed guy who works at a supermarket and tries to have sex with all the girls working there. Their friend RenĂ© (Henry van Loon) is a standout character who can basically be described as a wigger. He acts though around his friends, but as soon as his girlfriend calls him all that disappears. Ton Kas, who has a minor role as the father of the brothers, dominates the screen when he appears and is responsible for quite a few laughs. At the moment I don’t know if this movie will become available in a subtitled version in the future, but for those who can enjoy Apatow type movies it is one to keep an eye out for.

Category: Comedy, Drama, Movies, Romance
  • Keith says:

    Definitely not for me. I’m not shocked by loads of profanity and sex, I’ve just never found it funny or necessary. Probably going to give this one a pass. ;)

    March 6, 2014 at 3:54 pm
    • Nostra says:

      It probably would be very hard to find (don’t think it is available yet), but if you do not like that type of humor it is better to skip it.

      March 9, 2014 at 1:07 pm
  • Wendell says:

    As I was reading your review I was saying to myself “This sounds like an Apatow movie.” Your last sentence confirmed it for me. Those tend to be hit or miss for me, with a lot of the misses coming recently. I might check this one out, but I’m not in any hurry to do so. Nice work on the review.

    March 6, 2014 at 4:14 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yeah, the humor is very similar, although these guys are known for these type of jokes. I loved this one though…watched it twice.

      March 9, 2014 at 1:08 pm

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