First, you have to believe that these two men are brothers. I couldn’t. Then, you have to believe there is chemistry between the principals. There isn’t. Then, you have to accept the tried and true story line of the one brother who remains at home and the other brother who left town for the big city and the deceased-homophobic-father. That’s possible. Then, you have to follow the plot to its logical conclusion. That was difficult along with the pedestrian dialogue.
There were two scenes (one minor and one major) that, while brief, were really quite good. The minor occurs when the female assistant at the hardware store arrives to work on her day off when the younger brother didn’t show up to help out. Clearly, she knew the younger brother’s history. It’s a quick moment but telling and she’s quite wonderful. The second is the male buyer who returns to the store to buy the tiger orange paint. An old-timer, straight, but has quietly accepted that, after all these years, the older brother is gay, but that’s OK. He (the straight guy) will continue doing business at that particular hardware store. It was, for me, the best scene in the movie. Understated, but effective.
The rest of it? Nothing new or novel; full of seen-before, manufactured histrionics: the party scene with the younger brother; the police station scenes with the younger brother; the completely forgettable scene with the younger brother and the ethnic guy from the hardware store; the awkward date of the older brother and a guy he fooled around with during the night of high school prom, etc., etc. Raise your hand if didn’t see the obvious one coming: the younger brother coming on to the older brother’s love interest. Wow. That was a plot twist. (Not.) And that whole subtext regarding the dad’s ashes. Likely a plot device to drive the story, but it doesn’t. Did the younger brother really need to be nude so much? I didn’t find any of that necessary or believable. While there were limitations in camera set-up and angles (cost?), some of the scenes were nicely shot. Overall, a good-looking and technically successful film, but hollow on the inside.