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Pride Life Magazine - - Contents - G. B. F. di­rected by Dar­ren Stein is out now on DVD, Blu- ray and On De­mand.


OMG! G.B.F. is so OTT, amaze­balls, brills, like to­tally, it’s rad!

This is pretty much what you get from the new gay teen com­edy G.B.F. High school teenagers, straight and gay, talk­ing as they were tex­ting/ Face­book­ing. And it’s hi­lair!

Tan­ner (Michael J. Wil­lett) is a good-look­ing, in the closet, sweet and vul­ner­a­ble high school stu­dent and best friends with the ob­vi­ously gay and camp Brent Van Camp (!) (Paul Ia­cono). Nei­ther of them is out at school, just to each other, but they spend their time to­gether con­tem­plat­ing com­ing out.

At the same time, the three most popular girls in school – blonde bomb­shell Fawcett, drama club diva Caprice, and goody-two-shoes Mor­mon ’Sh­ley (aka The Queen Bees) – fig­ure that hav­ing a gay man on their arm would be the most fash­ion­able ac­ces­sory of all, and will def­i­nitely help one of them win the Home­com­ing Queen ti­tle.

Mean­while, another girl at school, Sophie, wants to start a gay and straight al­liance, but, with no­body out in their school, she in­stalls “Guy­dar” on her phone to find at least one gay guy to start the club.

When Tan­ner is caught us­ing his phone in class and has it taken away from him by his male teacher, and when his Guy­dar app starts beep­ing in line with Sophie’s, he’s in­stantly outed to ev­ery­one and then be­comes one of the most popular guys in school, es­pe­cially with its three most popular girls.

Tan­ner’s fa­ther and his girl­friend al­ready know he’s gay, but when Brent’s mother finds out the truth about her own son, that makes for the most hi­lar­i­ous mo­ments in the film. His mother is played by Will & Grace’s Karen – Megan Mul­lally – and she pro­vides the fun­ni­est lines in the film. She em­braces her son’s ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity so much that she even wants to watch Broke­back Moun­tain with him. And Brett is en­joy­ing “A and gay” con­ver­sa­tions (con­ver­sa­tions be­tween him and his Clique Queens) who re­fer to him as “ho­modor­able” and “ooz­ing in ho­mo­sex­i­ness” and think he should be an ex­pert at “man­pleas­ing” (ac­cord­ing to ’Sh­ley).

G.B.F., di­rected by Dar­ren Stein and writ­ten by George Nor­thy, is a cute and very funny film about how easy it is in to­day’s world for boys to come out at school and is a fun send-up of high school clique cul­ture.

It’s the cast, how­ever, who make this film stand out from other teen gay come­dies. Wil­lett and Ia­cono are per­fectly cast, as are the three girls. Natasha Ly­onne is es­pe­cially good as the high school teacher who sym­pa­thises with her gay stu­dents, and it was a coup for the pro­duc­ers to get Mul­lally. Un­for­tu­nately, the film ends with a Car­riesque fi­nale, and I would’ve ex­pected a bet­ter end­ing for a film that pro­vides quite a few laughs and, in its own way, is a bit ground­break­ing.


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