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Gayby (2012)



Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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Jenn (Jenn Harris) and Matt (Matthew Wilkas) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, Jenn spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss. Matt suffers from comic-book writer's block and can't get over his ex-boyfriend. They decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together... the old-fashioned way. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track


Drama, Comedy

Jonathan Lisecki

Dec 11, 2012


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What lifts Gayby above its sitcom trappings is its emotional generosity and easy warmth, the sense that characters are defined by -- and made funny through -- their aspirations, not their way with a one-liner.

November 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Harris, a talented comic actress who looks more like a real person than a Hollywood facsimile of one, makes every scene she's in shine.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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"Gayby" is too diffuse to have much pop when it comes to the topics at hand: love and friendship, and how unconventional modern permutations might help rewrite the script of romance.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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[It] embraces broad jokes and obvious setups. Fortunately, these are balanced out by assertive pacing and entertaining observations.

October 11, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The film develops into a sweet, surprisingly persuasive comedy about friends transitioning into family.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Lisecki gives this story a modest, quip-filled heartbeat; nothing is painted too broadly, and the complications and awkwardness of the situation play out with great warmth.

October 8, 2012 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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The good in Gayby easily outweighs the awkward staging and strained gags.

October 26, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Your enjoyment of this baby-obsessed queer farce will depend largely upon your tolerance for seeing yet another group of gay urbanites incessantly sniping about it all.

October 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A fresh, breezy take on modern gay life and platonic love delivered with disarming enthusiasm and genuine wit.

October 10, 2012 Full Review Source:

While Jonathan Lisecki is well in tune with his film's niche market, his knack for comedy, both visual and verbal, is universally hilarious.

October 9, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

A fast-paced, often hilarious pic about a woman who choose a gay friend to make her pregnant.

October 1, 2012 Full Review Source: Compuserve

Lisecki directs deftly and lightly, and spreads the jokes around his strong cast.

July 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Fantastic though it might sound, the plot of Gayby is still firmly planted in the real world.

June 25, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

An incredibly funny look at modern relationships and families from a distinct voice.

June 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Lisecki's turned that short into a feature film with the same storyline and actors. Although it's a sweet movie, it's a case of more is not always better.

June 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Fresno Bee
Fresno Bee

It's the most pleasant surprise I've had so far at this year's festival.

June 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Gayby isn't a game-changer, but it is a fantastic first feature for a major new comedy voice.

June 20, 2012 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Gayby

The synopsis doesn't really do the film justice. It reads as quite an awful idea but look closer, Adam Sandler is not involved, nor is this a Judd Apatow production, this is an original, witty and wickedly written film by an independent film maker. It's not a gay film written by a heterosexual either which is a huge relief. It's refreshingly cliche free too, there is no denying it's a gay film but it really is for everyone to enjoy. There aren't enough gay films like this out there and homosexuals are often only cast in cliched and insulting roles. Gayby for me was like a Xavier Dolan film but a bit more casual and with a lot less pouting. Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas worked really well together and are outrageous and subtle when needing to be. Jonathan Lisecki is as good behind the camera as he is funny in front of it, I look forward to seeing more of his work.
July 15, 2013

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Surprisingly funny script for an independent LGBT film. (Such films tend to be too niche for wider appeal.) Decent acting with attractive cast. Recommended.
July 7, 2013

Super Reviewer

The main characters are likable enough--and give endearing performances--but the film is too much like a cliche-heavy sitcom and thus falls flat.
July 3, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Really wanted to like this but it was flat as a pancake. The lead actress lacks charisma, the situations are absurd and the pacing is slack.
January 10, 2013
jay nixon

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    1. Louis: This place is depressing.
    2. Jenn: Yeh, can we change that?
    3. Louis: I would kill myself if I lived here.
    – Submitted by Sylvester K (20 months ago)
    1. Jenn: Let's kill it...
    – Submitted by Chris P (23 months ago)
    1. Jenn: I don't even have a turkey baster.
    – Submitted by Chris P (23 months ago)
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