There have been several attempts at making gay-themed teen comedies, but most have failed in one way or another. Either the acting was abysmal or more commonly the script lacked wit and direction, feeling more dumb and dull than entertaining and memorable. G.B.F. is certainly a step up from those, with more polished production values, a great cast (including a fair few recognisable faces) and a script with both charm and wit. [Read more…]
Russell Brand’s transition to movie star hasn’t gone smoothly, with the likes of Get Him To The Greek and Arthur finding little success at the box office. However now he’s having another crack, and it’s with a director you might not have expected him to work with, Werner Herzog.
TheWrap reports Brand, Sasha Pieterse and young actor Austin Abrams (The InBetweeners) are all in talks for major roles in Herzog’s adaptation of DBC Pierre’s Booker Prize winning novel, Vernon God Little.
The Texas-set novel follows the titular teenager, who is the chief focus of scorn in a horrendous high school shooting that’s left 17 dead, including Vernon’s best friend, Jesus Navarro.
It was Jesus who was the killer, but as his final act was suicide, the mourning town needs someone to blame and so Vernon becomes the target. Fearing he’ll be roped in as an accomplice to this heinous act, Vernon hightails it to Mexico, where he hopes to find salvation on the beach in a cabin he once saw in a movie. But as he dashes across the border, the police and voracious TV news crews are on his tail.
With the book having a tone that’s described as satirical and as critical of a materialism obsessed America as it is the violent acts it believes that spawns, it’s been a tricky prospect to turn that into a film. However German-born Herzog has never been one to shy away from a tough challenge.
Abrams would play the title character, with Pieterse as the girl of Vernon’s dreams, and Brand as ‘a charming by manipulative reporter’. Andrew Birkin (Perfume) is on screenplay duties.
We enjoyed G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend) when we caught it at the Iris Prize Festival, and now Peccadillo Pictures is setting out to let the rest of the UK get a look at the comedy. It’s due in British cinemas on March 21st, on demand March 22nd and on DVD April 7th. But before then you can take a look at the new UK trailer, (which was initially released via DigitalSpy).
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Meet Tanner (Michael J. Willett) and Brent (Paul Iacono). They are two gay best friends. Brent longs for the spotlight and believes that coming out will make him instantly popular as this year’s must-have teen girl accessory; North Gateway High’s very first G.B.F. (or Gay Best Friend). Tanner on the other hand, would rather fly under the radar and finish high school without ever being noticed.
When things don’t go according to plan and Tanner is outed instead of Brent, the two boys go from B.F.Fs to instant frenemies. Enter the three most popular girls in school — queen-of-mean bombshell Fawcett, drama club diva Caprice, and sweet, Mormon good-girl ‘Shley, who launch an all-out social war to win Tanner’s status-enhancing friendship.
‘Featuring an all-star cast including Desperate Housewives’ Andrea Bowen, Will & Grace’s Megan Mullally, Orange Is The New Black’s Natasha Lyonne and Harry Potter’s Evanna Lynch. From the director of cult 90s teen movie JAWBREAKER comes this comic send-up of American high school clique culture in the vein of MEAN GIRLS and AMERICAN PIE’ [Read more…]
We enjoyed G.B.F. when we caught it at the Iris Prize Festival (you can read our review here), but it hasn’t gone on general release yet. Now a new clip has debuted, alongside the news that in the US the comedy will be available exclusively on DIRECTV from November 22nd through December 19th, before it debuts in cinema this January!
Here’s the synopsis: ‘In G.B.F., social warfare erupts when three high school clique queens battle for supremacy: drama diva Caprice (Xosha Roquemore), Mormon princess ‘Shley (Andrea Bowen) and blonde fashionista Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse). When unassuming Tanner (Michael J. Willet) 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 (Paul Iacono) — that he’s leaving behind.’
An American high school’s three popular girls vie with one another to win the most fashionable prize of all – the Gay Best Friend. This is much to the chagrin of newly-outed Tanner, who becomes the school’s ‘official’ gay guy, and finds himself and the relationships of those closest to him tested by the new-found power and status thrust upon him.
Described as ‘Mean Girls meets Clueless’ G.B.F isn’t short of style, or the usual collection of high school movie tropes, all brought together in a slick and sweetly sexy coming-of-age movie. [Read more…]