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Acclaimed romantic comedy starring Natasha Lyonne as Megan, a model cheerleader who's dating the captain of the school's football team. But her over-protective and religious parents are convinced she is gay and send her off to a sexual reorientation camp in the hope of 'straightening' her out. However, it may be more 'camp' than they bargained for...
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Natasha Lyonne plays a cheerleader who isn't really into boys & doesn’t even like kissing her boyfriend. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jenny
natasha lyonne is brilliant and this whole movie is aesthetically very beautiful. funny, sad, clever and sweet. 10/10 would reccomend.Published 8 months ago by Victoria Hollis
An absolute LGBT classic. The tongue-in-cheek humour is me to a t. I can't recommend this film enough and every time I watch it I notice some new little thing to find amusing. Read morePublished 9 months ago by musiqfreak
Came across this almost by accident and even though its a bit "American humour", im really glad I saw it. Bout time for a re-run I think. Read morePublished 11 months ago by A. Ray
This film is hilarious. It's a brilliant critique of the idea that you can cure someone of their sexuality.Published 14 months ago by Karina Marshall
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