Film Review: G.B.F.


Director Darren Stein’s satire G.B.F. is certainly entertaining viewing. Nevertheless, sharper wit and more subtlety in the messaging would have made G.B.F. a more satisfying film.

Quiet and unassuming student Tanner is unwittingly outed at his high school. To his surprise, he is suddenly sought after by the three queens of the high school cliques. But his new-found popularity has an impact on old friendships…

Darren Stein effectively satirises the concept of the gay best friend as a must-have accessory to females. G.B.F. combines the frivolity of a high school comedy with a slightly more important message. There are amusing lines throughout, and a moral that appears genuine.

G.B.F. does falter however, in spite of its merits. A sharper wit would have been welcome in this satire. Furthermore, the admirable message that is pushed by the film is delivered in a brash manner. A degree of subtlety here would have worked wonders.

There are plenty of pop culture references here that will amuse tuned-in viewers. The influence of iconic teen movies is abundantly clear, although G.B.F. is a better film for acknowledging these in its own way.  The film presents stereotypical characters of this genre and subverts some of them, in-keeping with the nature of the satire. G.B.F. delivers a narrative that is rather predictable. Thankfully, this does not diminish overall enjoyment.

Art direction in G.B.F. exhibits good attention to detail. Likewise, costumes are an important feature. Michael J. Willett and Sasha Pieterse are decent as Tanner and Fawcett. Paul Iacono shows good comedy chops as Brent, delivering most of the films best lines. Megan Mullally amuses in a small role, although there are distinct elements of her most famous character.

G.B.F. is frivolous teen movie fun. Although it is unlikely to be considered a classic, the film does a good job of entertaining its viewers.

G.B.F. is out from Peccadillo Pictures on UK exclusive Blu-ray and DVD. It can be ordered from Amazon and Play.