IFF Boston 2012: Gayby

30 April 2012, 6:43 am

Laugh-a-minute is a dreadful cliché, but Jonathan Lisecki’s Gayby made me laugh more than any other recent feature I can think of. 89 times? Quite possibly. Lisecki has a trick of presenting a gag, and then ratcheting it up until it becomes almost, but crucially not quite too camp. A terrific ensemble cast including Jenn Harris, Matt Wilkas, and Lisecki himself have both the timing to play up the jokes, and the depth to maintain emotional resonance underneath the yuks. I almost didn’t see this because the unlikely-coupling MacGuffin seemed too familiar from the likes of Friends with Kids and Hump Day. But I’m very glad I saw it, and recommend it highly.

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