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G.B.F. (2013)

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What happens after Tanner is outed by his classmates and becomes the title "gay best friend" for three high school queen bees?


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael J. Willett ... Tanner Daniels
Paul Iacono ... Brent Van Camp
Sasha Pieterse ... Fawcett Brooks
Andrea Bowen ... 'Shley Osgoode
Xosha Roquemore ... Caprice Winters
Molly Tarlov ... Sophie Aster
Evanna Lynch ... McKenzie Pryce
JoJo ... Soledad Braunstein (as Joanna 'Jojo' Levesque)
Derek Mio ... Glenn Cho
Mia Rose Frampton ... Mindie
Taylor Frey ... 'Topher
Megan Mullally ... Mrs. Van Camp
Natasha Lyonne ... Mrs. Hogel
Jonathan Silverman ... Mr. Daniels
Rebecca Gayheart ... Mrs. Daniels


Social warfare erupts when three high school clique queens battle for supremacy: drama diva Caprice, Mormon princess 'Shley and blonde fashionista Fawcett. When unassuming Tanner is outted, he finds himself cast as the hottest new teen-girl accessory: The Gay Best Friend. The clique queens immediately pounce and makeover Tanner into their ideal arm candy, forcing him to choose between popularity and the true friends - including his own B.F.F. Brent - that he's leaving behind. Written by Anonymous

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Being out has never been so in.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual references | See all certifications »

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English | German

Release Date:

17 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gay Best Friend See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Darren Stein publicly criticized the MPAA for giving the final film an R rating, stating that he believes the film was PG-13 material and was only given an R because it dealt with gay and lesbian themes. See more »


When Brent says, "It's science," Tanner's arms are both down, but when a different camera picks up the shot, Tanner's left hand is up by his shoulder holding the string of his hoodie. See more »


'Shley Osgoode: [pulling Glenn aside at a drunken house party] So, your... your friend Tanner won't tell anything about the J's.
Glenn Cho: The... the... the who?
'Shley Osgoode: The... the H.J's and the B.J's - pretty much any of the J's - but I've got an idea: You are gonna show me how.
Glenn Cho: Oh.
'Shley Osgoode: And it's not gonna count because you're, like, supes gay-mosexual.
Glenn Cho: Oh-h, yeah, right, but...
'Shley Osgoode: Shh! Just pretend I'm, like, some super-hot guy - like David Archuleta.
[throws herself upon Glenn]
Glenn Cho: Oh... oh, David Archuleta? David, don't you worry. I'm ...
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It's not awful.
13 April 2014 | by tal-5000See all my reviews

I was first drawn to the movie G.B.F when I watched the trailer on youtube, it was a new, innovative high school comedy about a gay best friend, the comedic plot was what initially drew me, as I believe movies about or affiliated with LGBT are essential, especially today. I was enticed by the talented cast which included Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is The New Black) and Sasha Pieterse (Pretty Little Liars) they are both well known actresses and are incredibly talented, if you watch OITNB or PLL you may agree.

I also read an article which compared G.B.F to the likes of Mean Girls and Clueless which intrigued me. Now you can say all you want about 'high school' comedies, I agree it's an easy concept an 11 year old could of came up with but Mean Girls and Clueless are apart from the rest. They are Iconic and really represent each generation, Clueless (1995) and Mean Girls (2004) a decade later and you have G.B.F. Ultimately I am disappointed to say it did not live up to expectations. I completely understand where they were trying to take this Movie and parts of it were exceptional, but it wasn't enough! Fortunately there were some really great performances especially from Sasha Pieterse as Fawcett, she was surprisingly likable given her character and her performance was believable as she may be one of the few who can actually act in this film. Now the lead Tanner Daniels played by Micheal J Willet, when I started watching his character he was ultimately likable, from the very beginning, although as the movie dragged on I found him aggravating and annoying. Caprice and Brent made as an entertaining duo towards the end but they were not outstanding. This movie being a comedy was funny in parts but some of the acting was unnecessarily over the top and annoying. Now the overuse of abbreviated words!! Leaving high school not so long ago, I understand that not that much has changed, we do not speak Instant Messenger and although sometimes it can be funny, this time, the overuse of abbreviations let the movie down entirely.

Also there is a scene where Brent and his friend are supposed to stare at the others parading down the hallway, he even says a line but the others are not even down the hallway yet! If you've watched the movie you will know what part I'm referring too. Also instead of the unbelievable pink cans for alcohol could they not of just used plastic cups? Seriously! I do really appreciate this concept, three, high school, prom queen front runners battling it out to win Tanners friendship, as he is the only out gay guy at there School. I appraise there efforts. They handled it well as the premise was it could be overly offensive, G.B.F being a trend at there School, a gay guy being more of on object than a human being. Parts of the script were fantastic but the majority let it down. It angers me because this could of been a fantastic movie, I understand the writers idea, although someone went massively wrong in the making of this film. Final verdict, 6/10, Sasha Pieterse made the best out of a bad situation!

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