“G.B.F.” broke both stereotypes and theater capacities at Outfest’s maxed out Closing Night Gala at Hollywood’s John Anson Ford Theater on July 21.
Even a little unseasonable Los Angeles sprinkling over the amphitheater couldn’t put a damper on the laughter at this teen romp, which closed out the LGBT sprocket opera’s 31st year.
LA’s real live G.B.F.’s came out to catch helmer Darren Stein’s latest vehicle. While the pic stands to knock down a few stereotypes about gay men (and other beloved teen comedy tropes), Outfest’s Christopher Racster said the crowd stayed true to one in particular: they looked fabulous.
“What a beautiful group of people we are,” he hollered at the surrounding hills.
Producer Stephen Israel had originally selected George Northy’s script for Outfest’s Screenwriting Lab two years ago before going on to produce the pic. He says he immediately knew it was “something really special.”
“Most importantly, I laughed my ass off,” he said. “Once in a while, you just know you did it right. This is one of those times.”
Pic stars newcomer Michael J. Willett as a contently closeted gay high schooler who’s outed by a “guydar” app, only to find that every teen queen will vie for his affections in pursuit of the ever-coveted gay best friend. Paul Iacono, Sasha Pieterse, Molly Tarlov, Joanna “JoJo” Levesque, Megan Mullally and Natasha Lyonne also star in the ensemble cast.
“All the successful teen comedies capture a little piece of the zeitgeist at that moment, and we really believe this is the next film in that line of teen comedies that can represent our time in years to come,” Israel said.
“I think it’s an evolution in the canon,” he said. “This is the first film of its kind with a central gay protagonist.”
After the pic, fest goers and stars of “G.B.F.” took shelter from the sporadic drizzle at nearby Avalon.