Jonathon Lisecki, the writer, director and co-star of Gayby, has a premise that's so sitcom-friendly, one expects the canned laughter after every bitchy quip. The device itself was used during a season of Will & Grace, as well as this season's comedy The New Normal, that of a straight girl, in this case Jenn (Jenn Harris) and a gay man, here named Matt (Matthew Wilkas), longtime best pals since college, and both on an uneven road with relationships, decide to have a baby. To further the laugh ratio, they decide to do it the old fashioned way. I almost feel Gayby would have worked better as a sitcom than as a feature film because Lisecki has a way with the one-liners that would likely translate into solidly silly and accessible form within a twenty-two minute set-up, and in a fleshed out series, perhaps the goofy and heavily caricatured supporting cast would seem less banal than in the film, which features them unattractively-- that includes Lisecki himself as Matt's queeny, newly established cuddly bear friend.
There's a typical turn of events re juiced to the hipster lifestyle. Jenn, an eternal hag and forever single is yoga instructor, neurotic as can be, but forever in love with her gay best friend. Matt, crushed by the break-up of his ex-boyfriend, is a comic book connoisseur, newly discovering the treacly world of online dating. It's almost a shame the film itself was so forgettable and banal because the lead actors are certainly something of note. Harris, a sort of hipster Felicity Huffman, sneers and tackles the one-liner quips of the screenplay with a delicate ease, one suspects she could have a great future as a deadpan master-- she nearly sells her characters non-nonsensical flippancy on facial expressions alone. Wilkas, however, is an all-together new creature in gay cinema-- the sensitive and shallow mate next door. Nearly winsome, and nearly adorably self-aware, he's the thinking man's man in Prada. The small things that work throughout are not just the noble gamesmanship of Harris and Wilkas, but there natural chemistry with one another, something that never feels forced nor contrived. The scenes that jell are the ones that exclusively feature them-- when they drift, Lisecki drifts cartoon-ish, awkward and stale. C