Hot Sheet: Here's Looking at You
BY Advocate.com Editors
January 16 2014 8:44 PM ET
3. FILM: G.B.F.
For popular teenagers Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse), Caprice (Xosha Roquemore), and ’Shley (Andrea Bowen), this season’s must-have accessory — and golden ticket to becoming prom queen — is a G.B.F., or a gay best friend. The only problem? There are no gay men at their school — who are out, at least. But a Grindr-like app allows the girls to identify the closeted Tanner (Michael J. Willett) and adopt him as their own, transforming him from a shy social outcast to the high school’s hottest commodity. But not everyone is pleased with Tanner’s sudden rise to stardom. Mormon extremists and homophobic ex-boyfriends lurk around every corner, not to mention Tanner’s old friend Brent, whose jealousy of and attraction to Tanner is a zesty recipe for drama. (Brent’s mother, played by Megan Mullally, has a few hilarious scenes where she tries to ease her son out of the closet.) Directed by Darren Stein (Jawbreaker) and written by George Northy, G.B.F. is a fun and frothy romp through high school with nods to Pygmalion, Mean Girls, Glee, and John Hughes. — Daniel Reynolds
G.B.F. opens Friday in Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, where the cast and crew will give a Q&A after the screening. The film will open in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, and San Diego January 24. It is also now available on video on demand. Check out the official trailer below.