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.
| Original Score: 4/5
The good in Gayby easily outweighs the awkward staging and strained gags.
| Original Score: 6.9/10
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.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
"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.
| Original Score: 2/5
[It] embraces broad jokes and obvious setups. Fortunately, these are balanced out by assertive pacing and entertaining observations.
| Original Score: 3/5
A fresh, breezy take on modern gay life and platonic love delivered with disarming enthusiasm and genuine wit.
| Original Score: 8/10
The film develops into a sweet, surprisingly persuasive comedy about friends transitioning into family.
While Jonathan Lisecki is well in tune with his film's niche market, his knack for comedy, both visual and verbal, is universally hilarious.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
A fast-paced, often hilarious pic about a woman who choose a gay friend to make her pregnant.
| Original Score: B+
Lisecki directs deftly and lightly, and spreads the jokes around his strong cast.
Fantastic though it might sound, the plot of Gayby is still firmly planted in the real world.
An incredibly funny look at modern relationships and families from a distinct voice.
| Original Score: A-
A hilariously bitchy but sweet comedy that serves as Gotham's answer to Portlandia.
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.
It's the most pleasant surprise I've had so far at this year's festival.
Gayby isn't a game-changer, but it is a fantastic first feature for a major new comedy voice.
[Balances] broad comedy and warm-and-fuzzy sentiment.
Gayby doesn't break a lot of new ground in the rom-com or parenthood fields, but its agreeable balance of humor and sentiment makes it worth adopting.