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Gayby (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 March 2012 (USA)
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Jenn (straight) and Matt (gay) are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, they decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together... the old fashioned way.

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Jonathan Lisecki
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenn Harris ... Jenn
Anna Margaret Hollyman ... Kelly
Matthew Wilkas ... Matt
Christian Coulson ... Aaron
Adam Driver ... Neil
Zach Shaffer ... Tom
Jack Ferver Jack Ferver ... Jamie
Joanne Tucker ... Valerie
Jonathan Lisecki ... Nelson
Emily Wachtel ... Sconce Customer
Mike Doyle ... Scott
Satchel Shure Satchel Shure ... Parker
Jeff Hiller ... Showgirls Fan Customer
Alycia Delmore ... Linda
Louis Cancelmi ... Louis
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Jenn and Matt are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Single by choice, Jenn spends her days teaching hot yoga and running errands for her boss. Matt suffers from comic-book writer's block and can't get over his ex-boyfriend. They decide to fulfill a promise to have a child together... the old fashioned way. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track in preparation for parenthood? 'Gayby' is an irreverent comedy about friendship, sex, loneliness, and the family you choose.

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Sex with your best friend has never been this reproductive.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gejba See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Hubbhobb See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Matt: I'm a guy. I can put it in anything.
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Written and Performed by Reuben Butchart
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Enjoyable, and a notch above typical gay cinema
8 June 2013 | by jlgreenleeSee all my reviews

I feel a certain obligation to check out gay cinema from time to time. Both for my own pop culture knowledge, and just because I like to see if things have improved any since my last visit. Most independently produced gay-themed movies are amateurish and cheap looking. Sometimes that kinda works, and the material rises above its humble origins. Most of the time, the films are a struggle to get through.

I wanted to see this one mostly because Matthew Wilkas, the male lead, is very cute, and the girl looked atypically ordinary (in a good way). This was a case of being sold by the poster, and for a change, it was truth in advertising. I did note that the director/writer couldn't resist casting himself in a supporting role--something common to low budget film, gay or not--but it works pretty well. I recognized the kid from Chicago Fire in there (and he kisses a guy!), as well as Charlie from The West Wing (who doesn't).

This isn't a perfect film, but the quality of it is SO far above most similar fare. The acting is much better, the sound, photography and editing is too. If this helps, it looks nothing like an early John Waters film, if that makes sense. Also, though the setup of the film may be cliché, the way it's handled is novel. There's none of that "is he or isn't he" about the lead's sexuality. I also thought the chemistry between the actors was believable, another thing that often isn't there in gay cinema.

Anyway, I rated this one an 8. I realize that sounds high, but I'm considering it a "within the genre" grade, and in that case it might even be worth a 9. Real-world grade is probably just above a 5, but think about other films in this genre, which often hover between a 0 and a 3, and I think this film deserves a high grade. Plus, I want to help its average. There are some ridiculously low grades for this one.


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