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G.B.F. explores high school relationship dynamics and teen stereotypes with a refreshingly humorous touch - and surprisingly subtle smarts.



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In G.B.F., social warfare erupts when three high school clique queens battle for supremacy: drama diva Caprice, Mormon princess 'Shley and blonde fashionista Fawcett. When unassuming Tanner 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 - that he's leaving behind. (C) Vertical Entertainment


Michael J. Willett
as Tanner Daniels
Michael J. Willet
as Tanner Daniels
Paul Iacono
as Brent Van Camp
Sasha Pieterse
as Fawcett Brooks
Evanna Lynch
as McKenzie Pryce
Megan Mullally
as Mrs. Van Camp
Natasha Lyonne
as Mrs. Hogel
Rebecca Gayheart
as Mrs. Daniels
Andrea Bowen
as 'Shley Osgoode
Xosha Roquemore
as Caprice Winters
Molly Tarlov
as Sophie Aster
Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque
as Soledad Braunstein
Horatio Sanz
as Principal Growe
Derek Mio
as Glenn Cho
Taylor Frey
as 'Topher
Anthony Garland
as Christian
Richard Strauss
as Mr. Slatsky
Ann Russo
as Frau Burkhardt
Dan Godlin
as Cameron Woods
Kameron Hagger
as Persephone
Spencer Cox
as Nerdy Kid
Pascale Engla Serp
as Popular Girl
Kirsten Krieg
as Cupcake Girl
Taryn Horacek
as Cheerleader #1
Sarah Ervin
as Cheerleader #2
Danika Galindo
as Cheerleader #3
Lorraine Gilles
as Make-Out Couple
Chris Jastrem
as Make-out Couple
Fatimah Taliah
as Drama Student
Sheryl Ross
as Lesbian Mom
Laurie Lang
as Lesbian Mom
Clint Catalyst
as D.J. Avalon
Chad Sano
as Party Guest
Alexandra Holder
as Party Guest
Jonathan Silverman
as Mr. Daniels
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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (8)

  • The result is mostly swishy, sweet fun, although admittedly it might have benefitted from a bit of tweaking to fluff up bigger, better, and bitchier one-liners.

    Mar 20, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Chronic bubble-gum highschool farce in which gay characters are reduced to tokenistic social accessories.

    Mar 20, 2014 | Rating: 1/5
  • An original premise and earnest tone go a long way.

    Mar 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • I guess I've seen worse teen sex comedies, but it's rare to encounter one this stupid.

    Jan 24, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

    Rex Reed

    Top Critic
  • It's a frothy satire about adolescent social manners, a bit like "Clueless" or a tongue-in-cheek take on the 1980s-'90s "Degrassi" television series.

    Jan 23, 2014 | Rating: 3/4
  • "G.B.F" works its concept to death as its silly story builds to a prom scene that revolves around a tepid, underwhelming homage to "Carrie."

    Jan 23, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for G.B.F.

  • Jun 27, 2015
    well acted and biting satire, not near as dark as Jawbreaker which allows the film to actually tell a story that is relevant.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Sep 12, 2014
    Silly but very cute comedy.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Apr 30, 2014
    I still cannot get some of the ratings on RT! Thus one, G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend) has 81%! I am not sure that this independent teen comedy directed by Darren Stein deserves that. It made its first official screening at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and the story focuses on two closeted gay high school students Tanner & Brent. When Tanner is outed, he is picked up by the cool girls and he begins to surpass still-closeted Brent in popularity. Many people thought that the story was unique and entertaining, especially with the young and fresh faces like Sasha Pieterse, Natasha Lyonne. Evanna Lynch, Megan Mullally, Andrea Bowen, Joanna "JoJo" Levesque, Xosha Roquemore, Horatio Sanz, Paul Iacono, and Michael J. Willett. For me, this movie had no "soul", and it was telling such an irrelevant story of two gay students who attend North Gateway High school, which is dominated by three feuding cliques led by the beautiful Fawcett (Sasha Pietrese), who rules over the richest and the most popular; the talented Caprice (Xosha Roquemore) who leads the school's minorities and theatre arts students; and Shley, a kind but ditzy Mormon that leads the "goody two shoes" and conservative Christians. Maybe, in the United States there are such schools but around the world I haven't seen anything like it. In this type of movies the funny bits are usually situations you could recognize or identify with... I had none of it! Acting was satisfactory, directing was close to mediocre, but for me the screenplay did nothing! The screenplay as the weakest point could not carry a story even for the first 20 minutes, it was already worn out. If you are fan of teen comedies, maybe you'll find something in it... but I will suggest to stay away.
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2013
    For what it says it will be... it is! lol
    Thomas J Super Reviewer

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