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This is a drama/comedy about two college friends Jenn (Jenn Harris) and Matt (Matthew Wilkas) who decide to have a kid together and the twist is that Matt is gay. It seems that our theaters and Tv’s are filled with stories just like this one and I do not mind the story itself I am just so tired of it and I am ready for a new storyline already. I am all for promoting different kind of families but can someone please do it in an original way? The film was not bad, it was actually quite good but I was kind of bored the whole time and maybe that’s just me being a drama queen but I bet some people would agree with me.
I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of words like "gayby" since they sound so derivative and dumb to me. And to be honest, there's not much in this movie that you haven't seen before in tons of sitcoms. But Gayby is actually pretty freakin hilarious, mostly because it isnt afraid to be a b@#$y comedy like the best drag queens are, lol. It has a very sardonic and sarcastic sense of humor which makes the whole affair seem much more substantial than it would have been had it been treated with reverence. The gay friends in the movie are all in it for themselves, except for Matt, who is a nice guy and very unassuming. That's probably why he's the one person that Jenn actually considers having a kid with. But then she ends up using him too and she isn't sure in the end if she really needs him. It's a very funny movie, but it makes you sad at the same time for men like Matt who just seem to go through the motions because they don't value themselves.
Gayby had me laughing out loud and in splits from beginning to finish! This is definitely a movie to see with your friends who don't mind old wine in a new and hilarious bottle. The story is pretty routine (straight girl with no prospects asks her gay bestie to get her pregnant) and we've seen it a thousand times on shows like Queer As Folk, The L Word, and Will & Grace, Jenn is a riot, constantly getting into trouble because she lets her insecurities get the best of her until she finally decides that the best way for her to get the life she wants is to just go and get it, demand it, and live it. Her best friend Matt is gay and has just broken up with his boyfriend so he reaches out to help his friend when she needs him. Things don't go as planned, of course, but that's what makes it so fun since what in life ever goes as planned? The supporting cast of gay characters are hysterical and killed me with every line!
This looked in the trailer like it would be a cute romantic comedy about something we've seen a thousand times before, but it turned out to be something different from what I was expecting. I thought the relationship between the two main characters Matt and Jenn was so realistic and honestly portrayed. I have a lot of gay guy friends and they totally talk to me the way the gay guys in this movie talk to Jenn, lol. The movie isn't so much about how the two characters come together to raise a child or even why Jenn wants to have a baby - it's more a comedy about trying to do something right at the wrong time. The painter guy was cute in a lech kind of a way, though I wish Matt could love Jenn the way she needed to be loved by the end. It's a really funny movie with lots of heart and I think it should get seen by as many people as possible. I hope it gets out to a big audience.
This is a sweet movie that I would recommend to my friends, though I think it's definitely for adults only. Don't get me wrong: i'm not bothered by the gay stuff, it's just that I think kids shouldn't be exposed to the ideas in this movie that they might be able to solve their life's problems by just dialing up a friend and asking them to help them procreate. The leads are both fantastic and cute in an assuming way that makes you believe they are their characters and not actors playing parts. I really loved how they were totally in need of each other but couldn't bring themselves to touch each other when they needed it, lol. The whole subplot about the girl Jenn thinking the father might be the painter guy was kind of a stretch, but it's still a fun and interesting movie that makes you think about women and their biological clocks. Also makes you think about gay men and how undervalued they are by some of their straight allies.
nother movie about a straight girl trying to get pregnant with her gay best friend’s baby? I thought we had retired this storyline? Once it served as fodder for every si. cofrom Will & Grace to Modern Family, I think we naturally assumed there was no more to say about this unique parental arrangement.
The bad news is that there is no new way to tell this old story. The good news is that the new movie Gayby manages to, despite all the odds against it, still make a thoroughly enjoyable viewing experience for no other reason than that the two leads played by Jenn Harris and Matthew Wilkas sparkle with the right kind of chemistry to make you forget that this plot is very old hat.
Since these kinds of stories seem to only happen in New York, this too is set in Manhattan where a pathologically single yoga instructor named Jenn (Jenn Harris) looks to her gay best friend Matt (Matthew Wilkas) to help her get pregnant so she can finally have the life she always wanted. Matt is recently broken up with his boyfriend and works at a comic book store so he apparently has no reason to say no (aside: what’s with single gay guys working in comic book stores?). They try the old fashioned way, but it doesn’t go quite as expected, so they decide to try again later. By then, however, a smarmy but attractive house painter has found himself involved with Jenn. Jenn naturally finds herself pregnant and isn’t sure who the father is. Oh, the ironic embarrassment of sperm riches!
The movie works because of the hilarious chemistry between the leads who are a sort of inverse of the average boyfriend-girlfriend relationship and still somewhere in the orbit of siblings. Of course, this is a movie about getting pregnant and raising a family, so it might do well to examine why Jenn is so hell-bent on becoming a mother. There seems to be a lot more going on there than the movie dares to consider. Still, it’s an enjoyable romp through typical romantic comedy fodder.
One thing I never seem to understand is why people make such a big deal out of unconventional families. I mean, the ones who are always the least tolerant are those who are constantly quoting the Bible and saying that those who don't have a typical nuclear family are ruining society and driving all of us to you-know-where. This movie doesnt try to convince religious fundamentalists that they're wrong, but it shows how much thought and difficulty goes into the decision for anyone to have a baby, even in a very unconventional way. The story of two best friends who don't have a good man in their lives (she's straight, he's gay) but still want to help each other have the lives that they want is funny and touching. Some of the scenes are really hilarious, especially when the main character tells her other gay friends that she wants to have a baby with her bestie. It's kind of a sweetly snarky movie.
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