G.B.F. (SIFF 2013)

G.B.F. is a wonderfully funny teen comedy that catches the current essence of the teen experience. Tanner, a gay high school student, is accidentally outed as the first openly gay student at his entire school, but becomes an overnight sensation when each of the popular clique leaders wants him as a new bestie. Drama and hilarity ensue as Tanner and his new (and old) friends attempt to traverse this new terrain. Tanner’s classmates are initially painted in the broad strokes of stereotypical cliches (the cheerleaders, the Christians, the divas, the outcasts), but each of the main characters travels their own arc of development that provides a satisfying viewing experience for all audience members. This was an extremely well written film with an excellent cast that provided laughs from the beginning to the end. Highly recommended!

Provided Film Synopsis
Tanner is happy enough living in the closet and the shadows, but when circumstance outs him to his entire high school, he finds himself cast as the hottest new accessory that the three rival queen bees of the school need, like, yesterday: a Gay Best Friend. Brent, his own best friend, would love to be in Tanner's shoes, causing a falling out that quickly turns to war as prom season approaches and the stakes get higher. Beyond being just plain fun, the film raises important points about straight female-gay male friendships and the hyper or non-sexualization of gay men, especially in the media. Evanna Lynch (Harry Potter's Luna Lovegood) is a special treat as the absurd McKenzie Price, who embodies the self-delusion and hypocrisy of the Westboro Baptist Church with zeal and war paint. Fast-paced and witty, there's little not to love in this part homage to, part parody of, the iconic Mean Girls (2004).

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Darren Stein
  • Cast Members:

    • Andrea Bowen
    • Evanna Lynch
    • Horatio Sanz
    • Megan Mullally
    • Michael J. Willett
    • Natasha Lyonne
    • Paul Iacono
    • Rebecca Gayheart
  • Countries:

    • USA
  • Languages:

    • English
  • Genres:

    • Comedy
    • Coming of Age
    • Gay/Lesbian