"I was a teenager during the ’90s, and films like Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You, and She’s All That were the backbone of my teenage education. But while I always related to Cher, Bianca, and Laney on a character level, those films only offered a dramatically heightened version of the teenage experience — a version filled with electronic closets, synchronized dances, and curly-haired Australian boys who might serenade you in a stadium."
Natasha and I at the San Francisco premiere of GBF at the Frameline Film Festival Closing Night screening!
another pic of natasha and i doing press for GBF at the tribeca film festival.
she plays the eccentric Ms. Hogel, the head of North Gateway High’s GSA. funny lady, that natasha lyonne.
TORONTO! I hope to see you Sunday 5/26 at 4:30 for the screening of my new teen comedy GBF at the INSIDE OUT Film Festival. TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1.
Tickets here: http://insideout.ca/torontofestival
… But what are these types of comparative criticisms of these films appealing to? While the two certainly hold similar subjects there is a clear distinction in style and intention. Where Heathers discusses the structure of society Jawbreaker focuses on the spectacle that hides the sour intentions…
Film Hype #146.
The bitter fight for supremacy between the three most popular girls at North Gateway High takes an unexpected turn when their classmate, Tanner, is outed and becomes the school’s first openly gay student. The trio races to bag the big trend in fashion accessories, the Gay Best Friend, while Tanner must decide whether his skyrocketing popularity is more important than the friendships he is leaving behind.
The film inverts the high school angst of John Hughes, Mean Girls and Easy A, placing a man at the heart of a storyline that ably mixes the tongue-in-cheek with the tenderhearted. Along the way, G.B.F. offers a salient commentary on popularity, on what is and is not revealed on the rise to the top, on the value placed on those who help you get there and what happens when that value is far less than people are worth.
GBF Plays The Toronto Inside Out Film Festival May 26, Film Out San Diego May 29, Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival May 31 (Paul Iacono in attendance), Seattle International Film Festival June 5 & 6 and Closing Night of Frameline in San Francisco June 30. I will be attending all of the above with the exception of Connecticut.