11 Gay BFFs In The Movies Who Transcend The Stereotype

You know them well – gay, flamboyant and…that’s it. These dudes stole movies from their leading ladies (and men) – and managed to not be total cliches at the same time.

11. Dan Byrd as Brandon in Easy A

Brandon is a bold kid – so bold he goes and asks a girl that he seemingly sort-of knows to help him out by pretending to have crazy sex with him at a party. He’s so dryly funny (if a little sad because he’s resorted to pretending to be straight so as not to be beaten up) that Easy A would be better with more Brandon. He manages to come out in a creative way though, by leaving a note for his parents that says, “Eff you, I’m gay.”

10. Harvey Fierstein as Frank in Mrs. Doubtfire

You have to be a more than a best friend to help your friend disguise himself as a woman so he can spend more time with his kids – you have to be his brother. Harvey Fierstein manages to take a role that could be endlessly stereotypical and makes it three-dimensional. He’s also full of love: “You know this isn’t working, but don’t worry it’s a work in progress. And you’re my brother. I will never let you be embarrassed” he says to Robin Williams during the more-than-unusual movie makeover scene.

9. Andy Samberg as Robbie Klaven in I Love You, Man

Robbie might be introduced as an uber-gay trainer who happens to be best friends with his dad (“My son is a gay man and I embrace his gay lifestyle”), but he’s more than that. He’s far less touchy-feely than his brother Peter (Paul Rudd), with whom he’s always been pretty distant. Robbie proves himself indispensable in Peter’s quest find a male friend of his own, dispensing endless advice that sometimes works if you’re trying to make friends but mostly is just cribbed from his experiences dating a lot.

8. Elijah Wood as Scott in Celeste and Jesse Forever

Let’s face it, Rashida Jones’ character in this movie is sort of insufferable. But her business partner Scott manages to maker her suck a little less; he pushes her to start dating and even though he sets her up with mildly inappropriate people, his general attempts at making her be less of a buzzkill are greatly appreciated. Scott’s major personal issue is that he worries he doesn’t seem gay enough, which he tries to remedy (hilariously) by attempting to say “gayer” things.

7. Justin Walker as Christian in Clueless

Cher WAS totally clueless for not figuring out earlier that Christian was gay, but that doesn’t mean that she wasnt right about wanting to get close to him; as she explains at the end of the film during an epiphany, “he always wants things to be beautiful and interesting.”

6. Ezra Miller as Patrick in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Patrick has his own issues in this movie, but despite a bit of a free-fall, he still manages to be a good friend to his sister, and to Charlie, even though Patrick “never likes to be serious.” He gets to deliver one of the sweetest lines of the film when he says to Charlie, “You see things and you understand. You’re a wallflower.” Also: The Slut and the Falcon is a great title for a book.

5. Justin Long as Jesse in For a Good Time Call

Without Jesse, the two leads of this film would never have met; he is the one that brings two people who seemingly have nothing in common into the best best friendship of their life. Jesse might let Lauren move in with him for a bit, but he also makes it clear that she needs to be more of a risk-taker. He also reminds her that she’s “a great deal! You’re like a Subway gift card!” And he pretends his dog is Simba.

4. Stanley Tucci as Sean in Burlesque

As is usually the case with his films, Stanley Tucci is the best part of this movie, where he plays Cher’s BFF and one-time (literally one-time only) lover. He remembers their tryst fondly – “It wasn’t Reno, it was Tahoe baby, and it was lovely”– and comforts her in her time of need. Of course, as he did in The Devil Wears Prada, Tucci provides much-needed mentorship to a young woman at the start of her career, only this time it’s Christina Aguilera, not Anne Hathaway.

3. Kieran Culkin as Wallace Wells in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

“If you want something bad, you have to fight for it,” Wallace tells Scott when he’s being particularly whiney. Wallace has little to no tolerance for Scott’s brand of pathetic-ness, and lives his life in a much more gung-ho attitude, usually by having a different boyfriend all the time. But he covers for Scott, is really good at figuring out whose boyfriend is really closeted and is generally the funniest part of the movie.

2. Rupert Everett as George Downes in My Best Friend’s Wedding

George is Julia Roberts’ saving grace at the end of this movie that is so sad let’s not even get into it. He encourages her crazy up to a point, and then, in perhaps the most heartwarming way to end a film, comes in to pick her spirits up “with the moves of a jungle cat.” Forget Dermot Mulroney (if you can) – this is the real dude to pine after.

1. Daniel Franzese as Damian in Mean Girls

DAMIAN! He’s “too gay to function” but only his true best friend Janice can call him that. Responsible for most of the funniest moments in the movie – including the infamous line “You go Glen Coco!” – Damian is the comic relief, but he also has depth. He takes Cady under his wing when she has no friends and provides her with necessary advice about the Plastics. He also may have inadvertently been responsible for her downfall by letting her know that she’s “a nice little slice” but we’ll just call him observant.

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