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But I'm a Cheerleader [1999] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, Melanie Lynskey, RuPaul
  • Directors: Mink Stole, Jamie Babbit
  • Writers: Jamie Babbit, Brian Wayne Peterson
  • Producers: Alexis Magagni-Seely, Andrea Sperling, Andy Kaplan, Donald Kushner, Effie Brown
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Prism
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NBUC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,675 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Animated & Scored Menu Graphics
Trailer
Director Jamie Babbit Video Interview
Behind the Scenes Footage
English Dolby Digital 2.0

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Director Jamie Babbit's assured first feature But I'm a Cheerleader is subversive, smart and extremely funny, but not entirely original. Megan Williams (Natasha Lyonne) is a good Christian cheerleading girl. She doesn't think it at all strange that she can't get the image of tumbling cheerleaders out of her mind while her football player boy friend is trying to French kiss her. But her parents, played respectively by Bud Cort (Brewster McCloud) and John Water' s regular Mink Stole, have noticed Megan's odd behaviour and arrange an intervention. They send her off to New Directions, a sexual rehabilitation camp run by a straight-laced school madam, Mary (Cathy Moriarty), where she is forced to come to terms with her lesbian tendencies. But while on a strict regime of corrective therapy, Megan falls head over heels f or surly dyke, Graham--played by Clea DuVall (The Astronaut's Wife)--and is forced to reassess whether straight really is great. The zany script and over-the-top characterisations have the feel of a John Waters comedy; The day-glo sets and costumes give the film a surreal Pee Wee's Playhouse feel and Lyonne is charmingly dizzy and bewildered throughout. RuPaul excels as Mike, a former gay exercise trainer, and Moriarty out-camps them all.

On the DVD: The main feature is presented in letterboxed widescreen with Dolby Digital sound. Extra features are limited to a theatrical trailer and a 10-minute behind-the-scenes look at the film in which director Jamie Babbit explains the genesis of the film followed by hastily assembled footage of random scenes being shot. --Chris Campion

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Oct 2002
Format: DVD
As a young bisexual woman I've found it very hard in the past to find romantic comedies that I can relate to, most gay/lesbian/bisexual targetted films are very serious, intense and often very preachy. This film however, was very romantic, wildy funny and something I could definately relate to. I've watched it over and over again and will continue to do so. RuPaul is fabulous as an "Ex-Gay", Cathy Moriarty is brilliant as a domineering mother trying to turn her obviously camp son into a butch "Real man" and the young gay men in the homosexual rehabilitation camp steal the show. The love story between Natasha Lyonne(American Pie) and Clea Duvall(The Faculty) is very believable and doesn't sensationalise or exploit the lesbian aspect of the relationship, treating it instead with humour and sensitivity to the point where you forget it's two GIRLS falling in love and just see it as two people. I'd recomend this film to anybody, gay, bi or straight this is a must see.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 25 Aug 2001
Format: DVD
I saw this film about half a dozen times at the cinema, would have been more but it was only on a short run due to late arrival of the print.
"But I'm a Cheerleader" takes the issue of teenaged sexuality and deals with it in a thoughtful and funny way without ever making charicactures of gay and lesbian teens or adults. Sure the stereotypes exist in the film (RuPaul as the exgay in particular), but they are presented in a way that makes you laugh with them rather than at them.
The more intimate scenes are presented in a gentle, non-exploitative and non-sensationalist way, frequently to the beautiful "Glass Vase Cello Case" by Tattle Tale (from "Sew True" on St Francis Records, 1995). Megan and Graham are shown to be two people who have fallen in love and happen to both be girls.
Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall (who also took an Executive Producer credit) are excellent and believable in their roles as Megan and Graham.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Nov 2003
Format: DVD
I had heard about "But I'm a Cheerleader" a few years ago, but I have only just actually watched it; searching around for it for a long time until my friend managed to get hold of it and let me borrow it. He told me I would like this film - and I didn't...I loved it!
This film has a very retro style to it, the main character, Megan, is a cheerleader, who is suspected by her friends and family to be gay. There is a funny scene where "evidence" is produced to show that shes gay! The real fun begins when Megan arrives at "True Directions" - the 'sexual reorientation camp'. From here, we meet several other funny characters; my favourites being the very camp Andre, the (wonderfully acted) woman in charge; Mary J. Brown, and the moody Graham (who is actually a girl!).
What makes this film extra special, is the sensitive way in which it deals with the blossoming relationship between Megan and Graham. There was some angst, and confusion, but also some really touching, emotional scenes shared between them. The acting from the two main leads is second to none. Another reviewer here mentioned that by the time the romantic scenes arrive, (which incidentally are perfectly subtle rather than gratuitous) you really do forget that its two girls, it really does become two people who just happen to be girls.
And, alongside the romance, theres plenty of fun to be had! Lots of innuendo and comedy. One of my favourite funny moments has to be a point where the wonderful Andre is dancing in a gay bar - its a classic film!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By NB on 11 Mar 2002
Format: VHS Tape
I had to watch this movie a second time less than 24 hours after seeing it for the first time!
It's an absurdist satire in the vein of "Zero Patience" - only on homophobia, not AIDS. The targets of "Cheerleader" are the - ok, let's be tolerant - misguided folk who try to 'cure' gays and lesbians back into straight gender roles. This sure isn't a Movie-of-the-Week treatment of the topic - it's a superb comedy with moving performances from the two principals, Natasha Lyonne (the wonderful Jessica in "American Pie I, II") and Clea DuVall ("The Faculty" and "Girl, Interrupted"). And RuPaul as an "ex-gay" suffering terribly from the teasing antics of hunky Eddie Cibrian is a delight.
It's not easy to pick high-lights from a movie that's so on-target from start to end - but the 'simulated sex' part of the 'straightening' therapy, Megan's stricken realization that she might, after all, really be a 'homosexual' and the gender role training should have you in stitches (if not, check your pulse - you could be dead).
And finally, it'd be worth getting this movie just to watch Lyonne and DuVall - move over Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau, THIS is the classic lesbian movie for the new millennium!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Sep 2009
Format: DVD
I'm no film critic, but this film is one of my favourites. It's cute, camp, fun with a serious message behind the parody - that you gotta be true to yourself. The film has a stylised, theatrical feel which accents the parody, some people find this off-putting but I love it. It'd make a great musical!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on 30 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
This movie has almost exactly the same plot as Save Me, except the sexes are reversed and it's a comedy instead of a drama. Although Cheerleader gets credit for attacking homosexual conversion therapy eight years earlier, Save Me is a very much better movie in every way.

Save Me is both more entertaining and rewarding and MUCH more effective in addressing the therapy fad that claimed to turn gays straight through prayer and therapy but by now (thank God) has been pretty much abandoned even by the fanatics who most strongly pushed it.

The "humor" in Cheerleader is so excessively stupid, relentless and campy that it completely undermines any serious message the movie might be trying to present. It comes across as simply a mindless, pointless, frantic, unfunny mess - like a Jerry Lewis movie, for those who remember him.

The head of the conversion camp in both movies is a woman, but the characters are as different as night and day. Judith Light in Save Me is a compassionate person who honestly believes in the work she does and really loves the men who are sent to her for "help". Her realization that what she does may NOT actually help, and may instead hurt them, is a far more powerful indictment of the therapy than the gratingly moronic, maniacal, twitching monster Cathy Moriarty plays in Cheerleader.

This movie's only assets are three of its actors: Natasha Lyonne, who can't help being charming no matter what she does; Clea DuVall, who is so subtly and sultrily sexy that she makes even this gay man drool; and RuPaul - OUT of drag - completely credible in an entirely male role: the relatively macho athletic director of the camp, of all things.
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