Director: Darren Stein
Writer: George Northy
Stars: Michael J. Willet, Paul Iacano, Evanna Lynch, Sasha Pieterse, Xosha Roquemore, and Megan Mullally
Tanner (Michael J. Willet) and Brent (Paul Iacano) are best friends in high school who happen to be gay. Brent is flamboyant while Tanner is a comic geek. Both are out to their clique of friends but not to the school in general. After reading that a gay best friend (G.B.F.) is the most have accessory for the most popular girls in schools, Brent decides to orchestrate his public coming out in order to climb the social ladder. In their school there are three “it” girls vying for the eventual Homecoming Queen crown: Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse), the blond cheerleader; Caprice (Xosha Roquemore), the artistic minority; and McKenzie, right-wing mormon.
Along the way to his preordained date with high school destiny, Brent’s train comes off the track. After Brent jokingly signs-up Tanner to a Grndr like app, Tanner is outed by the Gay-Straight Alliance club looking for a Gay to champion. Now known as the official gay in school, Tanner’s social stock rises as Brent’s collapses.
G.B.F. is a light and funny movie in the same vein as Clueless. It is both a funny and well-rounded story, with more character development than a movie similar to this typically gets. Surprisingly, even the minor characters have good story arcs.
The two leads are well cast and handily carry the movie. It’s fun to watch Willet as Tanner come out of his introverted life, and Iacano as Brent stumble around as he finds his identity. Together they have a great chemistry and play off each other well. The remaining cast is good to decent, with Megan Mullally as Brent’s mother delivery a stand-out comedic performance.
Though G.B.F. won’t change your life, it will bring a smile to your face.
Grade = B