BFFs is a US independent comedy feature film written and produced by the film's stars Tara Karsian and Andrea Grano, and directed by Andrew Putschoegl. BFFs premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and went on to play at over 30 festivals domestically and internationally. In the film, the mother of the character Kat is played by Tara Karsian's real-life mother, Pat Carroll. It is their first time appearing on screen together.
Plot[edit | edit source]
Kat and Sam have been best friends for years, and neither have been very successful in their relationships with men. When Kat's mother gifts her a weekend at a couple's retreat to fix her relationship, which has been over for months, the two friends decide it would be hilarious to pretend to be lovers and go together. When they arrive, they meet four other couples who are trying to work out various problems, as well as the well-meaning hosts of the retreat. While they are there, Kat and Sam try to outdo each other in an attempt to make the other seem like the 'crazy one'. Unfortunately for these women, they are unable to avoid the group exercises, which forces them to look at their own issues in an honest way. By the end of the weekend, the couples therapy proves to be so effective, they start to question if they might actually have feelings for each other.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Tara Karsian as Kat
- Andrea Grano as Sam
- Sigrid Thornton as Jacqueline
- Jeffrey Vincent Parise as Scott
- Larisa Oleynik as Chloe
- Jenny O'Hara as Suzie
- Richard Moll as Ken
- Sean Maher as JK
- Russell Sams as Jonah
- Molly Hagan as Rebecca
- Dan Gauthier as David
- Erik Lively as Tom
- Patrick O'Conner as Bob
- Tanya Clarke as Lori
- Andrew James Jones as Danny
- Kathy Grano as Grace
- Ginette Rhodes as Terry
- Pat Carroll as Joan
Release[edit | edit source]
Film Festivals[edit | edit source]
BFFs premiered at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema. It played in both mainstream and LGBT film festivals, including Outfest and FilmOut San Diego in 2015, where it won for Best Screenwriting as well as the Audience Award for Best Actress (tie) for its leads and co-writers Tara Karsian and Andrea Grano.  Other awards include winner of Best Comedy, Breckenridge Festival of Film (2014)  and both the Best Feature Comedy and Audience Choice Awards at Q Cinema Fort Worth. BFFs also won Audience Awards for Best Feature at Long Beach Q Film Festival (2015), Austin Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2015), and the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (2014). 
Critical Response[edit | edit source]
The filmmakers have stated that they hadn't set out to make a specifically LGBT film, but rather a film about love and friendship in all its forms. They were both surprised and gratified by the film's critical acclaim and acceptance by the LGBTQ community. BFFs received favorable reviews from two popular lesbian focused websites: Bustle (magazine) and AfterEllen. .
References[edit | edit source]
- Awards for "BFFs" from IMDb
- FilmOut Awards 2015 from FilmOut San Diego
- Best of Fest from Brecken FilmFest 2014
- Awards for LIGLFF 2014 from Long Island Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
- Sheri Linden. "BFFs: Santa Barbara Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 28 August 2015.
- Powell, Pamela (2017-01-01). ""'The Best of 2016 Reel Honest Reviews". RHR. Retrieved 2017-01-01.
- Reilly, Kaitlin (2014-09-02). ""BFFs" is a Female Driven Film About Friendship and Fluid Sexuality that You Need to See". Bustle. Retrieved 2014-09-02.
- Costa, Daniela (2016-05-05). ""BFFs" is a Sexually Fluid Female Buddy Comedy". AfterEllen. Retrieved 2016-05-05.
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