01 May 2014

Movie Review: G.B.F.


If this movie had come out when I was in high school, it would have been almost incomprehensible. In fact, my life in and around high school -- in my backward province -- was much more like Gregg Araki's Totally F**ked Up. But in an alternate reality, this might have been more like my high school experience.

Brent, Tanner, Sophie and Glenn are the central barkada of this feature film. Brent and Tanner are gay. Sophie is their faghag friend while Glenn is the straight Asian who is assumed to be gay because he hangs with the gays. The group supports Brent's interest in looking for a boyfriend. Somehow he uses Tanner's cellphone to sign up for Grindr or a similar service and that phone is confiscated by a teacher of Brent's. Meanwhile, the popular, mean girls in school Fawcett, Caprice and 'Shley have decided that to be the most popular, they need a "gay best friend." They also sign up for Grindr or a similar service. 

Tanner finds out Brent had Tanner's phone confiscated and goes to the classroom to retrieve it. It is there that the mean girl trio use Grindr to find Tanner's phone and Tanner at the other end of it. At this point, Tanner is outed to the entire school. The trio fight to become the GBF of Tanner and in that process, he distances himself from his barkada -- including getting into a major fight with Brent. The movie revolves around the conflict of popularity in high school and his organically developed barkada.

This movie is along the lines of fairytale fantasy but is definitely a date night movie.

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