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Darren Stein and Ann Russo - The 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 11th June 2014

Darren Stein and Ann Russo
Darren Stein and Ann Russo

GBF Trailer


Tanner and Brent Van Camp have been best friends for ages and both happen to gay, though the rest of North Gateway High don't know it. They've never been what you'd call popular; all Brent wants is to be surrounded by friends, while Tanner is perfectly comfortable with his lack of status and attention. When Brent discovers that the new must-have girl accessory is a GBF (that is, a Gay Best Friend) he plans to come out of the closet and finally become part of the popular crowd, but Tanner finds himself unwittingly exposed instead and immediately dragged into the high school's main clique of Caprice, 'Shley and Fawcett, who intend to fight it out between themselves as to who gets the GBF. Meanwhile, Brent feels abandoned and jealous, and Tanner has to decide who his real friends are.

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G.B.F. Review


Very Good

Sharply important themes make this film a lot more important than its wacky style might suggest. It's essentially Mean Girls remade with a gay twist, and the smart script continually acknowledges that fact. There's also plenty of surprisingly deep subtetx, which adds weight even when things start to get a bit silly.

The story centres on Tanner (Willett), a 17-year-old who isn't quite ready to come out of the closet, then is inadvertently outed by his best pal Brent (Iacono). Suddenly, the leaders of the school's three cliques (Pieterse, Bowen and Roquemore) descend on him: the first out gay student, he'll make the perfect accessory as a Gay Best Friend. And wannabe activist Soledad (Levesque) latches on to him so she can launch a gay-straight alliance. But as Tanner strains to fit the stereotype, he finds himself increasingly distant from Brent and their pals (Tarlov and Mio).

Director Stein shoots this in the colourfully wacky style of a Glee episode (without the songs), but even though everything is just a bit over the top, the screenplay grounds the situations and characters with stinging wit and subtle commentary on big issues like peer pressure, bullying, repression, religious intolerance and the reason girls like to hang around gay boys. This lets the likeable actors deepen their characters in ways that continually catch us off guard.

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Darren Stein - Premiere of 'G.B.F' held at Chinese 6 Theatres - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 19th November 2013

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Richard Bever and Darren Stein

Darren Stein, Kirsten Shaffer and George Northy - The 2013 Outfest Film Festival Closing Night Gala of 'G.B.F.' - Arrivals - Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 21st July 2013

Darren Stein, Kirsten Shaffer and George Northy
Darren Stein, Kirsten Shaffer, Joe Keenan and George Northy
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Darren Stein, Kirsten Shaffer and George Northy
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Samantha Kern, George Northy, Brandon Cohen, Darren Stein and Stephen Israel

Kim Yutani, Kristin ‘KP’ Pepe and Darren Stein - The 2013 Outfest Film Festival Closing Night Gala of 'G.B.F.' - Inside - Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 21st July 2013

Kim Yutani, Kristin ‘kp’ Pepe and Darren Stein
Darren Stein and George Northy
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Darren Stein
Darren Stein
Darren Stein, Richard Bever, George Northy and Stephen Israel

Darren Stein - Premiere of G.B.F. during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival - New York, NY, United States - Friday 19th April 2013

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Darren Stein

Jawbreaker Review


Bad
Try as we will to forget, we all remember middle school. We all remember how much our own life felt like it resembled Welcome to the Dollhouse. We remember the insults. We remember the fights. We remember being the spectator to a catfight.

Watching Jawbreaker, in that respect, could be called a nostalgia film.

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Darren Stein Movies

GBF Trailer

GBF Trailer

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G.B.F. Movie Review

G.B.F. Movie Review

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