GBF

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GBF

Gay Best Friends are increasingly a staple of high-school movies but the straight girl still takes centrestage – until now. This indie satire sees three popular girls competing for the friendship of Tanner (Michael J Willett), the only gay guy in school to come out, albeit by accident. But the makeovers and bitching sessions are wasted on sweet-guy Tanner, while his camp best friend Brent (Paul Iacono) seethes in the closet.

It’s a witty comment on the effect of a media that promotes both tolerance and stereotypes: these girls automatically expect Tanner to conform to their ‘Glee’-inspired fantasies. It’s also a nod to the fast-moving world of the young (typical reaction to homophobia: ‘I mean, what is this, 2008?’). The joke wears a bit thin and performances vary: this isn’t as slick as the teen movies it draws from, such as ‘Clueless’ and ‘Mean Girls’. But an original premise and earnest tone go a long way, and Megan Mullally brings bite as Brent’s well-meaning mother – her running commentary on ‘Brokeback Mountain’ is priceless.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday March 21 2014
Duration: 93 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Darren Stein
Screenwriter: George Northy
Cast: Sasha Pieterse
Evanna Lynch
Natasha Lyonne

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Sarah G
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I watched this with my 12/13 year old daughter and her friend. I found it very entertaining. There are some very funny lines. Using the familiar trope of teenage angst, popularity versus personality, ethics versus impression etc they explore friendship and particularly the issues young gay people may face. It has a v light touch exploring the issues well. It reminded me of Mean Girls and Easy A. It's sad that it didn't get a wider release so will not have touched many people. My daughter and her friend enjoyed it too!