But I'm a Cheerleader

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"A Comedy Of Sexual Disorientation."
  • R
  • 1999
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • 6.8  (40,903)
  • 39

But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 American satirical romantic comedy directed by Jamie Babbit and starring Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, and Michelle Williams. The movie explores themes around love and sexuality, making it a classic and groundbreaking film in the LGBTQ+ genre. The movies follow the story of Megan Bloomfield (Natasha Lyonne), a high-school cheerleader who is sent to a conversion therapy camp after her parents suspect her of being a lesbian. The movie hilariously satirizes the idea of "pray the gay away" by mocking the efforts of the conversion camp to change the sexual orientation of its participants.

Throughout the movie, Megan comes to terms with her true sexuality and discovers her attraction to fellow camper Graham (Clea DuVall). Graham subsequently educates Megan on some of the nuances of homosexuality, further opening the lead character up to her true self.

Despite its satirical nature, But I'm a Cheerleader offers a heartfelt examination of adolescent sexuality, hormones, and identity. The relationship that develops between Megan and Graham, in particular, is beautifully portrayed, highlighting the journey towards acceptance, love, and self-confidence.

The movie is full of colorful characters, including the militant but well-meaning counselors played by RuPaul and Cathy Moriarty. It pokes fun at conventional gender roles, sexuality, and traditional relationship norms, all while shining a light on the core themes of self-acceptance and unconditional love.

But I'm a Cheerleader features fantastic performances from the cast, with Natasha Lyonne delivering a standout performance in the lead role as Megan. Clea DuVall, playing the love interest, excels in showcasing the slow-burning nature of their relationship, bringing the audience along for the journey.

The cinematography of the movie is bright and bold, perfectly capturing the vividness of the characters' personalities and the energy of the cheerleading performances. The soundtrack is similarly fun, featuring songs from the likes of Tiffany, B-52's, and the Go-Go's.

The movie does, however, highlight the dangers of conversion therapy and the harm it inflicts on individuals. The film's setting at the Straight Camp that aims to “convert” gay individuals to straightness underscores the importance of accepting individuals for who they are. Despite the seriousness of the situation at times, the filmmakers manage to maintain the movie's lightheartedness and fun while still getting their message across.

In conclusion, But I'm a Cheerleader is a smart, comical, and lovingly observed gay-coming-of-age movie that is equal parts colorful, endearing and poignant. The film is highly recommended for those interested in LGBTQ+ culture, education, appreciation, and those looking to have a good time with a smile on their face. It stands the test of time and remains a fresh and entertaining piece of cinema.

But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 25 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.8 and a MetaScore of 39.

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    6.8  (40,903)
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