Gaby is a sweet indie comedy that explores the most complicated relationship on Earth - a gay man and his female friend. Emotions run high, feelings get hurt and babies get made...the old-fashioned way? Despite the outrageous plot, the film manages to embody the new, New York indie flick.
Jenn (Jenn Harris) is a neurotic and terminally single. Matt (Matthew Wilkas) is pretty, simple and ready for more than just sex. What better couple to bring a child into the world? As they embark on having a child, the friends learn that the juvenile passive aggressive fighting of their youth does not leave with age.
The highlight of the film is writer/director Jonathan Lisecki. Not only does he create such a rich world and realistic picture of New York City, but he also steals every scene he’s in.
Lisecki plays Nelson, Matt’s gay best friend and the Greek chorus of the film. He punctuates each tense moment with a bitchy line fitting of "Sex in the City" in its heyday.
The film definitely lives in the wake of HBO’s "Girls." It has a similar unabashed realism, embarassing honesty and self-absorbed slightly unsympathetic characters. The premise, as outlandish as it seems, is grounded by the frank moments between characters and authentic dialogue. It also features "Girls" cast members Adam Driver and Alex Karpovsky. That being said, it celebrates New York City and allows you to laugh though the more uncomfortable parts of life.
The DVD features deleted scenes and the original trailer for the film. Sadly, they don’t bolster more excitement from the film. It’s sad that there isn’t a behind-the-scenes featurette or retrospective considering the large amount of talented actors in the film. Wilkas starred in the ill-fated Spiderman musical and it also features "Psych" favorite Dule Hill and Mike Doyle ("Green Lantern").
"Gayby" is a sweet and sensitive film that focuses on the awkward over the sickeningly sweet. Life is complicated and the decisions that people make can be off the beaten path. Jonathan Lisecki celebrates them and gives these stories a snarky voice and a sassy attitude.