While it may have sounded like a joke when tweeted out, I honestly assumed Gayby, going solely off its title, was about a gay infant whose exploits are presented a la the Baby Geniuses series. It could be said that watching a trailer for the film leaves me sorely disappointed to learn this is not the case, but, really, the actual experience just makes me think this is not one that panned out properly.
A shame, because the idea behind Gayby — wherein a woman enlists her gay male friend to try and conceive a child — silly as it is, could really shine in the right hands. Jonathan Lisecki? I don’t want to say he’s not a stellar choice, especially since he wrote it, but a combination of poor comedy — terms such as “gaymazing” aren’t making a strong case — and stale visual work undercut whatever good will could have been accrued here.
(Also: Alex Karpovsky, the sharp fellow who’s made a name for himself in Tiny Furniture and on Girls, quickly shows up and… appears to be playing the exact same character as always, but that’s just fine. I’m guessing he doesn’t have much screentime past what’s shown, however.)
Watch the trailer below (via Apple):
Jenn and Matt are best friends from college who are now in their thirties. Fed up with the New York dating scene and single by choice, Jenn spends her days teaching ‘hot yoga’ and running errands for her boss. Matt, unable to get over a not-so-recent breakup, has withdrawn into his comic-bookstore job and has stopped pursuing his dream of being a graphic novelist. When Jenn proposes that they have a baby together, it seems like the right idea at the right time. With Jenn untrusting of fertility doctors, and Matt boastful of being “a guy” and able to have sex with anyone, they decide to fulfill a youthful promise to have a child together… the old-fashioned way. Can they navigate the serious and unexpected snags they hit as they attempt to get their careers and dating lives back on track in preparation for parenthood? Gayby, written and directed by Jonathan Lisecki, is an irreverent comedy about friendship, growing older, sex, loneliness, and the family you chose.
Gayby will open in limited release on October 12th.
Coming off this trailer, do you want to see how this turns out?
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