So I just finished watching this movie called GBF: Gay Best Friend. It’s sweet, fun, hilarious, and contrary to what people assume it to be after seeing the trailer (i.e a stereotypical portrayal of gays in a high school set up); it is actually about fighting stereotypes, being yourself, not giving into labels, and how misleading and damaging, labelling people can be.
The character I liked best was that of Sophie’s. She’s one of the best friends of the protagonist, and pretty much was the only person who held it together throughout the movie. Pretty much.
Tanner, the protagonist, is outed as gay when he wasn’t even planning to come out of the closet. In fact, it was his best friend, Brent, who was intending on coming out.
So when Tanner is outed as their high school’s first out homosexual, suddenly every popular girl wants him as her GBF. Because apparently some magazine/trends stated that, and I roughly quote from memory, “Every popstar and celebrity has one (GBF), and every teenage girl needs one.”
And then begins the story.
What the movie is basically trying to and succeeding in conveying is that you cannot treat anyone as an object. Not even a GBF to glorify your social status. And being gay does not equal to being into things that are stereotypically perceived as “girly”.
Special mention to the parents in the flick. One of them had only one concern – if the kid wanted a snack or something to eat.
P.S: The cast includes Evanna Lynch! Her role was unexpectedly homophobic. Haha, didn’t see that coming.
P.P.S: I watched it on YouTube. You can find the full movie there.