Starring: Michael J. Willett, Paul Iacono, Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Bowen, Xosha Roquemore, Molly Tarlov, Evanna Lynch, JoJo Levensque, Derek Mio, Mia Frampton, Megan Mullally, Natasha Lyonne, Jonathan Silverman, Horatio Sanz, and Rebecca Gayheart.
Directed By: Darren Stein
Teen comedies have gone mostly out of style. If GBF had come out around the same time that She’s All That or Clueless were big hits, it might have played differently… even though gays weren’t really popular in the late 90’s. It’s not a perfect film, but it has charming moments. Megan Mullally is actually quite perfect as the mother of one of the main gay boys. Not only is she perfect as a mother, but she infuses her own humor into the role. Molly Tarlov (Awkward) is great in her supporting role.
Evanna Lynch is delightful as a crazy Christian. Xosha Roquemore is excellent. There’s some heart here, and a story about two best friends who are probably right for each other, and just don’t know it yet. It’s a different kind of teen movie for sure.
It’s not a perfect movie. Michael J. Willett is uncomfortable as an actor. Sometimes, he’s OK… other times, he’s terrible. Natasha Lyonne is awful. It’s like she thought the movie was dumb, and phoned in her poorly written role. Honestly, she’s the worst written character in the movie. Sasha Pieterse is not a strong actress.
If you’re looking for a little teen comedy that’ll be better than you expected, then GBF is
FINAL GRADE: C+