A high school comedy with HEART and BRAINS! (by Film-Slave)
I tire quickly when a high school comedy pops onto the scene with stupid adults and know-it-all kids who look too mature for the roles. Kudos to writer George Northy for giving his kids heart and the grown-ups brains, it elevates this film above the bulk in his genre. Director Darren Stein is very judicious in his nods to similar films -- Clueless, Mean Girls, Heathers, Carrie, and nearly every John Hughes film.RESTRAINT is what makes this film so enjoyable: Megan Mullally manages to escape the curse of Will & Grace alumni and is able to NOT rehash Karen walker, but create a new <more>
character. Paul Iacono is brilliant and I can't imagine him as any other character -- which is how I felt about his TV character RJ Berger, who is worlds apart from this role.Sasha Pieterse is blond Denise Richards pretty, but a whole lot smarter. Xosha Roquemore is all legs and laughs. She mutters a brilliant line that made me bust out laughing: "I ain't mad at that" -- watch for it. She owns the role and is smart!G.B.F. smacks of a cult favorite and star-maker. I suspect in a few years we'll look back at this pop-masterpiece and marvel at all the now-celebrities who broke-through in this cast.
I know the producer, so I was invited to a screening in North Carolina. I really didn't know what to expect out of this movie because I hadn't heard much about it.Pros--- I really enjoyed the movie a lot because it made me laugh a lot. I do not typically go see comedies unless they are romantic comedies. I would say that it was probably one of the best movies that I have seen in awhile. I would have to say that it was also very tastefully done. The humor wasn't overdone, so it didn't feel like a fake humor. I felt like most of the humor came from witty comments that I'm <more>
not sure everyone in the audience got, but there were quite a few of us that found it hilarious.Cons--- If I had any complaints at all about it then I would have to say it would be the language. In some instances I felt like the foul language was overused to a point where it was a little distracting and took away from the overall movie b/c I don't feel like everyone talks like that. It may be a generational gap/area of the country gap with me though b/c these were supposed to be high school students. I don't feel like I'm terribly old though, and I do cuss so I'm not a prude. I guess it was just a little more than I was used to, and as a parent it made me feel a little awkward with my 13 year old cousin at the movie. I didn't feel it was appropriate for the 13 year old age group because of foul language alone, and it should probably be rated R when it's in theaters. However, with that said I really did enjoy the movie!Someone in the audience said the hideous yellow feather looking dress made that one girl look like big bird at the prom, which I found very funny in the middle of the quiet movie theater.
Drama, just a notch of love and not your typical high school film (by jan_vervloet-564-821712)
I first thought the movie would turn out to be an à la "Another Gay Movie/Sequel junk movie. To my surprise it did have a hint of ridiculousness but an overall feel good touch and lots of stereotypical drama, while keeping it real at the same time. The movie keeps surprising throughout the whole story, at some points you think "hey it's all gonna work out just fine" to then find out the opposite, and then it goes back to normal and so on and so forth. I would suggest this to anyone gay or straight, male or female and anyone in between. I also wanna add to this review that <more>
this movie does have an amazing cast who all did a good job at performing very realistically and not over the top.
Great BUFFING Film: The Real Acronym for G.B.F. (by jenacam-is)
G.B.F. needs to be seen by those who have ever uttered "I want a Gay Best Friend." It needs to be seen by those who have been referred to as the "Gay Best Friend," and it needs to be seen by those who roll their eyes when they hear those three infamous words strung together. George Northy and Darren Stein really did a great service for all of these groups of people as well as the LGBTQIA Community with this movie! As a smart, funny, and timely piece on how the "Gay Best Friend" accessory that many young girls aspire to attain is problematic, "G.B.F." <more>
keeps everyone laughing and engaged while provoking thoughts and conversations usually only heard in Gay- Straight Alliances. I was fortunate enough to catch a screening of the film at FilmOut San Diego's LGBT FIlm Festival Premiere and I am so thankful I did! Northy's writing in the film is both heartfelt and humorous, the cast in it's entirety delivers stellar performances, and Stein tells the story with clear direction and purpose. Not a moment is wasted in this film and you'll never be bored!The best part of the film though is it's various messages that hone in on many issues not yet touched upon in any previous high school film due to G.B.F.'s gay male protagonist. The politics of coming out versus being outed, the staggering difference between the response at least in a well-meaning high school such as the one featured in G.B.F. of a gay male being outed versus a lesbian female, the value of diversity against a stereotypical and homogenized depiction of high school royalty, and of course, the delicate line between being a straight ally to the LGBT Community and being a tokenizing and trivializing straight "friend" to another due to their gay orientation. As someone who is usually skeptical of LGBT-related films and who usually critiques and leaves movies with a sense of disappointment, I left this movie with a sense of satisfaction and joy. This film was everything I wanted it to be and whenever it comes out in the future, I will aspire to own it in my own movie collection. Furthermore, I have a strong feeling that this movie will not just be big within the hearts of LGBT Film Festivals and Lovers of Quality Gay Films such as myself, but will soon be associated with the Great-So-Called-Straight High School Films such as Clueless, Heathers, Easy A, and of course Mean Girls, which is referenced numerous time within G.B.F..This movie is for everyone and is an answer to the cries of people like me that is the eye- rolling bunch mentioned earlier . If you can see this movie, if you do have access to see this movie now--GO! It is well worth your time, your money, your laughter, and your tears!
I was really expecting this to be offensive and irritate the gay out of me. But, the film was actually amazing and after two viewings I can honestly say it will go down as one of my favourite films ever!It's full of laughs, satire, sass, great music, great styling and most importantly great acting. Sasha Pieterse steals the movie though. She's coming for Hollywood sometime soon and will be huge in a few years - I can feel it. Michael J Willett wasn't so bad either, playing the awkward and shy gay guy really well and making me fall for his character very easily!This film will <more>
make you smile and certainly put you in a good mood. And that's all it was designed to be. Sure, it delivers a great message, but don't expect some Oscar winning cinematic masterpiece. Take it for what it is, and you'll love it. A lot. So grab some popcorn, invite your friends around, hit the lights, sit back and enjoy a night in with this hilarious movie : Fans of Mean Girls, Easy A, She's The Man, Clueless etc will enjoy.PS: It's a 9 instead of a 10 simply because I felt Mrs Van Camp was underused. That's all!
I enjoy light comedies and gay indie films, but lower my expectations a little when it comes to teen comedies, so I was absolutely delighted that the screenwriter, director, and cast hit this out of the park. I actually turned the closed captioning on so I wouldn't miss a word of the fast-paced banter and all the crazy-fun slang words. The script and actors bring nuance to characters that are often otherwise just stereotypes. There are so many hilarious lines and scenes, but perhaps the best was when one of the just- out gay teens sits down with his overcaring Mom played flawlessly by <more>
Megan Mullally, Karen from "Will and Grace" , who's rented a bunch of the most inappropriate gay movies to watch while newly out and/or with your mom "Milk," "Boys Don't Cry," "Shortbus," and "Brokeback Mountain" , as evidenced by the numerous outtakes played over the end credits where the actor playing opposite Megan can't stop bursting out laughing at Megan's deadpan reaction commentary to the sex scene in Brokeback. One of the best gay indie comedies I've ever seen, and if I knew any gay teens I'd buy them a copy -- while a farce, there's a lot of good stuff about self-identity and self esteem but never devolving into preaching in this R-rated comedy. If you enjoy light comedies, give this one a try.
Darren Stein's epic comedy of high-school peer pressure madness (by bloodbank-643-817114)
G.B.F. is a great comedy, a tender best-friends love story and a wild and wacky take on high school popularity, peer pressure and what it takes to "find yourself" in today's media saturated world for teenage gay boys and their female friends. Did I mention its also hilarious? Because it is. Seasoned director Darren Stein Jawbreaker enthusiastically serves up candy colored images, laugh a minute chatter and a whole lot of heart with this dizzying satire of three-dimensional high school characters who are so hyper-aware of the cultural stereotypes they embody, that they turn <more>
your expectations continually on their ear. The top flight cast includes Natatsha Lyonne, Megan Mullahy, Xosha Roquemore, Jonathan Silverman, Rebecca Gayheart and Michael J. Willett as Tanner, a newly out of the closet gay guy who "Doesn't act like the gays on Bravo," according to the school's three most popular girls, who quickly give him a stylish queer makeover to make Tanner their idea of a proper new "Gay Best Friend." All this leads up to the prom in the classic teen comedy tradition, and its all silly and fun, but the heart and soul of B.B.F belongs to Paul Iacono, who plays Tanner's flamboyant best friend Brent who happens to be gay and more "femme." Iacono's crack comic timing still allows for emotional depth of his character's soul to come forward. In a delightful movie full of cake and ice cream, Iacono's serves you the deep main dish. Don't miss this one.
This film is about a gay guy who got outed in high school. He instantly becomes the most sought after guy by the hottest girls in school.The script of "G.B.F" is great! The story is hilarious right from the start, with the hottest girls wanting to have a gay best friend for various reasons. Tanner enjoys the new found attention, and he instantly becomes the coolest guy in high school. Watching the girls battle it out for the gay best friend title is so funny, the battle is so full on, with loads of attitude. The characters are all very developed and differentiated. I really like the <more>
fact that even the supporting characters are memorable, like the Asian guy and the Mormon guy. It's such a drama filled fun film, I really enjoyed watching it.
Perfect John Hughes style high school romp. (by face-819-933726)
This movie is very well made,never apologizing for anything, and why should it? There is a very unPCness delivered by an excellent cast who are all fully committed to the story, and a very well written story it just happens to be. Mean girls to the extreme, and full of tongue in cheek real life truthful feelings. The entire movie has great background, and the entire screen is filled very well most of the time, so you may Enjoy this a second time. Over all I really did like this movie, It started out kind of corny, but then the characters just fell into place, and they all start to become more <more>
real, and vulnerable. More of the truth begins to slip out before it all hits the floor. So I would recommend this for Mothers to watch with their Sons, and for others to just watch it, there is a lot of good humour in here, and a good feeling or 2 to be had as well.