The surprising wisdom of 'The Real Bros of Simi Valley'

The surprising wisdom of 'The Real Bros of Simi Valley'

10.10.2019

The surprising wisdom of 'The Real Bros of Simi Valley'

'The Real Bros of Simi Valley' satirizes reality television and bro culture, but it also takes on all all those young adults written by 40-year-olds and pushes the already fluid definition of TV.

It’s also one of the still-rare shows in which young people sound like young people, instead of some middle-aged writer’s idea of what young people should/might/30 years ago did sound like. Which may explain the general kindness of the send-up — it is people poking fun at their own generation.

Life for Xander (Tatro), his posse, which includes Bryce (Tanner Getter), Duncan (Nick Coletti), Johnny (Peter Gilroy) and Xander’s actual brother Wade (Cody Ko), and their girlfriends/wives, involves a lot of beer, weed, vaping and romantic relationships conducted mainly via texts. Conversations lean heavily on topic-avoiding sentence fragments punctuated by “dude,” and the conflicts are mostly internal and innocuous. (A plotline in Season 2 involved engagement with a group of

But there are also nods at failure-to-launch issues that plague Gen Z — the high cost of housing, dwindling career paths for men not interested in attending college, and the perils of a culture that prizes the accouterments of youth but not its “sleep until noon and then plan a kick-back” realities.

“Except no one would go,” Tatro answers with a laugh. “They’d be like, ‘Send me the uploads and I’ll post.’ ”

Simi Valley was chosen more for its sound than its actual location. Tatro and Pierce, who had found success on YouTube with the sketch comedy channel

Although some members of the crew are older than the show’s creators and stars, many are not. At the Studio City shoot, the air smells strongly of spring rolls and vaguely of weed, and the chairs around the monitors are filled with young women and men who fit into the same Vans-wearing, smartphone-thumbing, Instagram-obsessed demo as the show’s characters.

Tatro grew up in Venice, where, like many men his age (27), he was a skateboarder who made skateboard videos. In college, he met Pierce and the two began shooting scripted comedy videos.

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