A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
G.B.F. offers positive messages about treating people like human beings -- not accessories -- and turns some stereotypes on their head.
Positive Role Models
Characters are largely stereotypes -- the jock, the mean girl, the gay best friend, the Mormon -- but some characters are shown as being more developed than their clique would suggest: i.e. attempting to be a good friend, a good mother, an accepting parent, an encouraging educator.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A teenage boy lifts the shirt of another teenage boy to snap a picture of his abs. A guy grabs another guy's hand and places it on his crotch. Both same-sex and opposite-sex couples kiss. A teenage boy and girl make out at a party, lying back on a bed. Two guys kiss, then wake up together the next morning, confused as to whether they had intercourse. Lots of innuendo, such as when a parent asks his gay son whether he likes his Popsicle "thick and fruity."
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Lots of innuendo, explicit sexual or ethnic references, and sexually or ethnically charged insults, often via abbreviated slang. They range from expressions such as "that's so gay" or calling someone a "vagina enthusiast" or "hetero buzzkill," "homosexy," or "amazeballs" to much crasser insults and plays on words, such as calling someone a "vapid whore's sexless accessory," "fag-off," "faggot," "jizz bin," "half-assed handjob," "desperate psycho bitch," "mucho muncher supreme," "those bitches can suck it," as well as calling an Asian teenager "won ton" and "Gaysian," among other colorful expressions. Elsewhere, the film contains mild profanity such as "s--t," "what the hell," "bitch," and "eff that."
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Products & Purchases
There's some name dropping of labels such as Versace and Gucci, as well as some obviously branded or labeled clothing, such as Chanel gloves.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Casual underage smoking at school and a scene of drinking at a party without consequences. In one scene, multiple teenagers sip on orange Solo cups; in another, a canned beverage shared by many partygoers is said to have alcohol. In one scene at a party, girls are shown stumbling around drunk. An inebriated teenager offers another teenager who's also drunk a ride, but he declines. Two teenagers wake up together, confused about whether they've hooked up due to alcohol consumption. A teenager throws up after drinking too much. A teenager sneaks away from watching a movie with his mother to drink in the kitchen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that G.B.F. is a brazen, campy high school comedy with a rapid-fire pace of sexually (and sometimes ethnically) laced insults, expressions, and discussions, as well as swear words like "s--t" and "bitch." There's a scene of underage drinking that leads to a hookup between two guys, as well as some casual smoking. Though it's ultimately a film about accepting people and not treating marginalized groups as trendy accessories, to do this, the film exploits stereotypes and mines them for every drop of irreverence and innuendo to be found. Best suited for mature teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
G.B.F. is a kind of Mean Girls-meets-Clueless for the gay set, with all of the cliquishness of the former but nowhere near enough of the innocence of the latter. G.B.F. can certainly be clever and funny, and it wraps up with a nice shiny bow, but to get there, it takes you through a labyrinth of relentlessly crude humor that pushes well past the edginess of the aforementioned movies with tasteless sexual slurs, plus a little underage drinking and casual smoking.
Mature teens who endure high school every day may delight in how much this film flouts convention with its lewd dialogue. Parents will be rightly squeamish of the maturity level and explicitness of the jokes (seriously -- "jizz-bin"). To the teenager's credit, it's a campy, satirical look at the way our culture often fetishizes certain marginalized groups to their detriment, and it eventually finds its footing and a little heart. But that cultural reward may offer little in the way of solace through the onslaught of this many hand job jokes. Tread warily.
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