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G.B.F. Movie Review

R....92 min.....Comedy
January 17, 2014 (LIMITED/VOD)

© 2014 Vertical Entertainment

DIRECTOR: .Darren Stein
WRITER: .George Northy
Michael J. Willett, Paul Iacono, Sasha Pieterse,
Andrea Bowen, Xosha Roquemore, Molly Tarlov,
Evanna Lynch, Joanna ‘JoJo’ Levesque,
Derek Mio, Taylor Frey,
Megan Mullally, Rebecca Gayheart, Jonathan Silverman,
Natasha Lyonne, Brock Harris, Horatio Sanz
DISTRIBUTOR: .Vertical Entertainment
Grade:. ★★★★☆

SYNOPSIS: Social warfare erupts when three high school clique queens battle for supremacy: drama diva Caprice (Xosha Roquemore), Mormon princess ‘Shley (Andrea Bowen) and blonde fashionista Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse). When unassuming Tanner (Michael J. Willet) is outted, he finds himself cast as the hottest new teen-girl accessory: the Gay Best Friend. The clique queens immediately pounce and makeover Tanner into their ideal arm candy, forcing him to choose between popularity and the true friends — including his own B.F.F. Brent (Paul Iacono) — that he’s leaving behind.

Coming soon to the mouths and tweets of everyone who matters: The oh-so-quotable dialogue and hottest need-to-know-and-use-ASAP abbrevs of the new coming-of-age comedy classic G.B.F.

Directed by Darren Stein and penned by first-timer George Northy, G.B.F. looks at the world of Prom Queen politics as they’ve never been seen before—through the eyes of a high school’s first ‘out’ student, relentlessly (and hilariously) pursued by three very different “Queen Bitches” who believe his support will make or break their shot at victory—and does for today’s teen slanguage what Clueless did for the 90s: revolutionizes it.

G.B.F.‘s greatest strength (of many) is its incredibly talented ensemble cast, which boasts stars from the likes of Pretty Little Liars, The Mindy Project, Awkward., and Harry Potter. Standing out among G.B.F.‘s many memorable performances are some highly hilarious ladies: While Sasha Pieterse, Xosha Roquemore, and Molly Tarlov throw some of the funniest and most well-executed shade in teen-movie history, Andrea Bowen‘s ‘Shley is an instant icon in the vein of Mean Girls‘ Karen (Amanda Seyfried).

© 2014 Vertical Entertainment

Parents, please do not allow G.B.F.’s ‘R’ rating to stand between your tweens/teens and a ticket to see this film. Unlike some of its fellow R-rated, teen flick peers (ex. American Pie, Dazed and Confused, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Heathers, Spring Breakers, and Stein’s 1999 cult-classic Jawbreaker), G.B.F features NONE of the following: excessive use of expletives, nudity, violence, death (accidental or otherwise), deep-throating of handguns, beyond-first-base sexual activities, or pie-defiling penises. In 1964, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart defined ‘hard-core pornography’ by the infamous phrase: “I know it when I see it.” Having always judged the difference between properly rated ‘PG-13’ and ‘R’ films by this test—and after two viewings of G.B.F.—I can honestly say that I see nothing to justify its ‘R’ rating.

G.B.F.‘s portrayal of parents should also earn it some points from still-skeptical guardians. Comically supportive and loving to a fault, these ‘rents—played by Megan Mullally, Rebecca Gayheart, and Jonathan Silverman—are pretty much the greatest thing since sliced bread.

© 2014 Vertical Entertainment

Though we may be loathe to admit it, many of us modern ladies are all too guilty of the social crime explored in Stein’s latest teen exposé. (Though better this transgression than that of his Jawbreaker….) Far too frequently we forget that no one—from Queen Bitches, divas, and jocks, to Mormons and G.B.F.s—is entirely definable by one trait, and that, fundamentally, most of us just want to be liked for who, rather than what, we are. Luckily, the wake-up call provided by G.B.F. is among the most eminently enjoyable ones you’ll ever receive.

Not merely ‘laugh’-out-loud funny, G.B.F. is a guffaw-out-loud funny, new-school teen classic—a must-see for ladies and gents of all ages and sexual orientations. Hop on this bandwagon immediately or doom yourself to the perpetual fomo that goes hand-in-hand with understanding nothing your friends are talking about.

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G.B.F. In Theaters

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January 17
Atlanta — The Plaza
Chicago — Facets Cinematheque
Los Angeles — Sundance Sunset Cinemas

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January 24
New York City — Quad Cinema
San Diego — AMC Fashion Valley
San Francisco — AMC Metreon
Seattle — AMC Pacific Place


(Jan. 17)
iTunes....Amazon....VUDU....Movies On Demand

(Feb. 11)

G.B.F.: A Prime Pick-Up for U.S. Distributors

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