(2013)

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75
The film, lensed in appealing candy-striped colors, has so much fun exploding stereotypes and radiates with such infectious comic gusto and genuine good nature, that it would be almost churlish to resist its charms.
75
It's cheery but still has a bit of a bite, makes a point without ever being too preachy and features a litany of quotable lines with a cleverness not seen since “Heathers.”
75
G.B.F. has been unfairly slapped with an R rating, but the film is about as scandalous as a "Glee" episode. It's suitable for young teenage girls, who apparently are far more at ease with the times than the homophobic folks at the MPAA. Don't let their rating fool you: The movie may be thoroughly modern, yet it's old-fashioned, too.
70
Here's to hoping lax multiplex security allows teenagers to sneak in to this very funny and thoughtful take on how straights often objectify queers - and how increased visibility in the media can result in an expectation to conform to stereotypes.
70
Northy's script sometimes ventures too far into cartoon territory, but its best aspect is the way it turns high-school groupthink on its head.
70
Genially cartoonish but also rather sweet.
63
G.B.F., which concludes with a clumsy parody of the prom climax from “Carrie,'' offers an admirable message of tolerance for teen audiences - too bad it's been absurdly saddled with an R rating, even though there's far less innuendo than in “Easy A.''
63
Once this self-consciously campy fairy tale stops trying so hard to emulate every high-school comedy and TV show from the past 30 years and relaxes into a stream of clever repartee and amusing situations, it eventually offers enough LOL opportunities to deserve a passing grade.
60
The subject matter calls for ruthless observation, but his candy-colored pop vision has more in common with “Glee” than, say, “Heathers.” He's aiming for a stinging WTF, but winds up with a fairly mild LOL.
60
The joke wears a bit thin and performances vary: this isn't as slick as the teen movies it draws from, such as 'Clueless' and 'Mean Girls'. But an original premise and earnest tone go a long way.
60
Until being young and gay is a nonissue for everyone everywhere, these kinds of stories will always have their place.
50
Despite a premise with broad appeal and a script boasting plenty of laughs among its misfires, the high school fable falters.
25
I guess I've seen worse teen sex comedies, but it's rare to encounter one this stupid.

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