Expected to attend: director Darren Stein, actors Natasha Lyonne and Michael Willett, producer Stephen Israel and writer George Northy.
The gay best friend: every celeb has one, so every teen girl needs one,right? G.B.F. is a timely, feel-good comedy about a gay teen navigating tokenization and high school social structures. Jawbreaker director Darren Stein steers a brilliant comedic ensemble through the tumultuous trials and tribulations of teendom, with a script chock-full of hilarious and brilliant one-liners that will leave you gasping for breath!
Closeted high school seniors Brent and Tanner want to make their coming out special— Brent with a hefty dose of flash and glitter, and Tanner…well, he’s just waiting until the time is right. Inseparable BFFs, they plot Brent’s rise to out-of-the-closet stardom as the coveted novelty G.B.F. of one of the three prom queen rivals at Northgate: goldilocked hottie Fawcett (Sasha Pieterse, Heroes), horny Mormon redhead ’Shley (Andrea Bowen, Desperate Housewives), and drama club diva Caprice (Xosha Roquemore, Precious). But when Brent accidentally outs Tanner, things go haywire and Tanner is unwillingly rocketed to the top of both his own homosexiness and the teen social scene as the new must-have accessory. This creates a crazy mess of dilemmas and back-stabbings that leave the two as arch-frenemies. Fortunately, Brent’s mom (played impeccably by Megan Mullally) provides enough nurturing, gay-supportive, motherly love as an army of PFLAG parents.
G.B.F. stars Paul Iacono (Fame) as Brent and Michael J. Willett (United States of Tara) as Tanner, and co-stars Natasha Lyonne (But I’m a Cheerleader) as GSA faculty advisor Ms. Hoegel, Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live) as grumpy Principal Crowe, and Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter) as feisty homophobe McKenzie. G.B.F. features enough hair tossing, smart sweater vests, and Mariah Carey to leave you feeling gaymazing for weeks—and as much awkward teen lovability to rival Freaks and Geeks.
— NATALIE MULFORD
AT&T Audience Award Text Voting Code: F112