What’s the hottest accessory a teen girl can have in today’s social scene? A GBF! Yes, a gay best friend: a cute boy who’s not sexually threatening and can dish the dirt with the girls.
When Brent’s plan to be North Gateway High’s First Out Kid is inadvertently usurped by a technical mishap, the all-straight GSA outs his BFF Tanner instead, making Tanner the most wanted G.B.F. of a competing trio of queen bees and shooting him—and not Brent—to the top of the school’s social scene. Under the protection and guidance of golden-haired trendsetter Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse, PRETTY LITTLE LIARS), Mormon firecracker ‘Shley (Andrea Bowen, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES), and showbiz prima donna Caprice (Xosha Roquemore, THE MINDY PROJECT), Tanner learns how to dress, how to talk, and how to be the most popular boy in school, much to the chagrin of his former friends.
Not-newcomers but not-yet stars Michael J. Willett (UNITED STATES OF TARA) and super ducky Paul Iacono, play Tanner and Brent, the best friends undone by a disastrous series of events. Under the direction of Darren Stein (JAWBREAKER), G.B.F. hits all the absurd high notes of southern California high school splendor and couples that with the beating heart of a delightful teen romance. Boasting outstanding supporting turns by Megan Mullally as Brent’s fiercely loyal mom, Natasha Lyonne (BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER) as the GSA’s faculty advisor, and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood of the HARRY POTTER series) as rabid homophobe McKenzie, G.B.F. is an endearing film of rapid fire one-liners and eye-popping color, sugary sweet with enough bitterness to make you remember why you couldn’t wait to get out of high school. - Elisa McGovern