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.

Stuff To Look At

A veritable profusion of cinema-related goodness this week, with the new Tammy trailer, Under The Skin and Miss Piggy…


Above is the first Tammy trailer. The comedy stars Melissa McCarthy, Susan Sarandon, Dan Aykroyd and Kathy Bates. Apparently, Susan Sarandon plays Melissa McCarthy’s grandmother. I’m not sure how this is possible, given how young Sarandon looks. Perhaps she is aged up. Tammy is due for release in UK cinemas on 4th July 2014.

Under The Skin

Here is the full UK trailer for science-fiction thriller Under The Skin. Directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring Scarlett Johansson the film has been receiving critical acclaim at its festival screenings. Under The Skin is released in UK cinemas on 14th march 2014.

The Love Punch

Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson star as an ex-husband and wife whose retirement fund is wiped out when their company is defrauded in The Love Punch. This comedy caper also stars Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie. The Love Punch hits UK screens on 18th April 2014.

Muppets Most Wanted


Miss Piggy looks resplendent. Her dress is designed by none other than Vivienne Westwood, who has also designed Miss Piggy’s key wardrobe for Muppets Most Wanted. The image above begs the question of whether Miss Piggy marries Kermit in the film. I wholeheartedly approve, particularly if Rowlf provides piano accompaniment. Muppets Most Wanted is released in cinemas on 28th March 2014.

Postman Pat: The Movie

Postman Pat can carry a tune?! This is apparently the case in the upcoming Postman Pat: The Movie. I am more interested, however, in the robots. And Jess of course. And the glimpse of robot Jess. Postman Pat: The Movie hits UK screens on 23rd May 2014.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

This teaser trailer has everything; Optimus Prime getting pumped with bullets, Marky Mark running around looking scared, Dinobots, and, erm, dragons. I’m sure more will be revealed as the release approaches. Transformers: Age of Extinction is due for release on 10th July 2014 in the UK.

The Legend of Hercules

This trailers is giving me shades of Gladiator and 300. Kellan Lutz plays the titular character in The Legend of Hercules. Having previously appeared in Immortals, Lutz is no stranger to ancient myth films. The Legend of Hercules is released in UK cinemas on 28th March 2014.

Yves Saint Laurent

Biopic Yves Saint Laurent looks slick, polished, and endlessly stylish. Pierre Niney stars as the young fashion designer who is catapulted to fame in the late 1950s. Yves Saint Laurent is released in UK cinemas on 21st March 2014.


Liam Neeson has really carved out a niche as an abrasive but meritorious action hero of late. Non-Stop continues this trend, as the above clip from the movie illustrates. Also starring Julianne Moore and Lupita Nyong’o, Non-Stop hits UK screens on 28th February 2014.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Grand Budapest Hotel seems to be ticking all the boxes. Writer-director Wes Anderson is most admirable, and the cast, including the excellent Bill Murray, is enviable. Also, there’s a cat. The Grand Budapest Hotel is released in the UK on 7th March 2014.


Based on the best-selling novel, Divergent stars Shailene Woodley, Miles Teller and Kate Winslet. The sci-fi film is set in a future where people are divided into factions based on their personality. Divergent hits UK screens on 4th April 2014.


G.B.F. looks like a fun, high school-set comedy. The film is directed by Darren Stein, who helmed late nineties black comedy Jawbreaker. I’m hoping for the same kind of satirical style from G.B.F., which is released in cinemas on 21st March, and is available on demand on 22nd March 2014.