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G.B.F. Is Only Rated R Because the MPAA is Afraid of Gayness

<I>G.B.F.</I> Is Only Rated R Because the MPAA is Afraid of Gayness
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egan Mullally and Paul Iacono in G.B.F.

"Rated R for sexual references" is the typically tone-deaf ruling from the MPAA flywheels on Darren Stein's comedy G.B.F., a film that has far fewer sexual references than the similarly themed Easy A.

But while the PG-13 Easy A was about a straight teenage girl whose social status drops when she's falsely accused of losing her virginity, G.B.F.'s protagonist, Tanner (Michael J. Willett), is a closeted teenage boy whose social status rises when he's accurately outed as gay, reluctantly becoming arm candy for the popular girls to avoid getting bullied by the jocks.

For an R-rated movie, there's no sex, nudity, or violence, and the only F-bomb is the contextually appropriate "faggot," so here's to hoping lax multiplex security allows teenagers to sneak in to this very funny and thoughtful take on how straights often objectify queers — and how increased visibility in the media can result in an expectation to conform to stereotypes. ("You don't sound like the ones on Bravo! Say the word 'fierce.'")

Sasha Pieterse, Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque, Michael J. Willett and Jessie Ennis in G.B.F.
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Sasha Pieterse, Joanna 'JoJo' Levesque, Michael J. Willett and Jessie Ennis in G.B.F.

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Quad Cinema

34 W. 13th St.
New York, NY 10011

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: Greenwich Village

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G.B.F.
Directed by Darren Stein
Vertical Entertainment
Opens January 24, Quad Cinema



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The young cast holds their own, though Megan Mullally as Tanner's best friend's mother steals all her scenes; many of her improvisations are shunted to the end-credit blooper reel, and in a perfect world, one of the eventual Blu-ray extras would be Mullally's full commentary on Brokeback Mountain. And it would be unrated.

 
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BMNeal

I am not quite sure how someone can be objectified if they don't allow it.  For instance, in your description you write:  "...reluctantly becoming arm candy for the popular girls to avoid getting bullied by the jocks."


Reluctantly or not, the protagonist (I assume seeing that I haven't seen the movie) puts himself in a  position to be used as a fashion accessory, yet Sherilyn Connelly seems to too easily absolve him of any sort of responsibility for his situation.


Because it's somewhat difficult to be treated as an accessory without some sort of acquiescence.



 

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