But I'm a Cheerleader
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But I'm a Cheerleader 1999

A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian...

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I enjoyed this movie, although at times it seems like the filmmakers were themselves unsure of the film's orientation - a campy, tongue-in-cheek comedy, or a more sincere message of acceptance. Ultimately I found it good, but not particularly memorable.
LGBTQ kids growing up in hostile environments might find the movie helpful, though - it's uplifting while also delivering a good dose of laughs along the way (or was it the other way around?...).
Highly enjoyable movie. I especially enjoyed Clea Duvall. That is all.
I can't spell ruffio but i think that's how you spell it. This movie was hilarious. And Ruffio was in it. Ahh, i miss my HOOK days.
I love this movie! It is well written, witty, with an awesome soundtrack (that is not available on cd - boooo!!!) and has a great cast.

Natasha Lyonne, "Queen of Indie Films", is wonderful in this movie as well as Clea DuVall, RuPaul and Cathy Moriarty. I completely related with Natasha's character Meagan, who is a very sexually confused teenager that discovers herself only after someone points it out to her.

It's a very hilarious flick with a fabulous take on gay humor. I laughed hard through the whole movie.
To work well, satires need to have a strong central idea that is ripe with humourous potential and then build on that idea while letting the characters' distinct personalities emerge. But I'm a Cheerleader gets the first half of that equation right, but can never get past the cleverness of its premise. As a result, it is occasionally amusing but never completely involving...we are always aware of its garish fakery and over-the-top tone. It is deadly to comedy when the effort to make us laugh is evident, and that is the case with But I'm a Cheerleader. The story involves a goody-goody cheerleader (Natasha Lyonne) who is sent to an institution that resembles a boot camp when her parents suspect her of being a lesbian. At the camp, known as "True Directions", both boys and girls are "cured" of their homosexuality. Some of the early scenes in the film are quite funny, and the entire movie is broken down into various stages of the "True Directions" program (the road to converting to heterosexuality is, apparently, just like the twelve-step program used by recovering alcoholics). Unfortunately, it is not long before But I'm a Cheerleader begins to run out of steam. So many scenes rely on simple and predictable gags (such as gay boys not being able to fix a car, etc.) that the film seems almost as old-fashioned as the villainous parents who want to cure their children. And a budding love between Lyonne's character and an angry girl played by Clea Duvall is neither as tender or funny as it could be. But I'm a Cheerleader is difficult to outright dislike, and there are some ways in which the film distinguishes itself from other predictable comedies (Cathy Moriarty as the head of "True Directions" is not as over-the-top or malicious as we might expect). Yet it constantly seems to be straining too hard for our affections, and as a result, it loses whatever comic hold it had. It's like a bubbly, well-meaning cheerleader who keeps singing and dancing when all the audience wants to do is get back to the football game.

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But I'm a Cheerleader is a barrel of laughs, and I feel as if I must give credit to a film that never really attempts to be anything more than entertainment (though the message of self-acceptance is obvious). Overall, yes, this film could have been better, but I personally don't believe that anything added or changed might have made it surpass mediocrity. Never being a fan of Natasha Lyonne, I feel that Clea DuVall's often overlooked performance as Graham was the film's most intriguing character. The humor was well adapted into the storyline and the amusing performances from the entire cast can therefore classify this film as somewhat of a guilty pleasure due to its obvious campy-ish nature.
Clea was great.
I've been so busy with school and work that I haven't been able to watch much. It took me like two weeks to watch Angels in America, but it was totally worth it. Such a powerful portrayl of the AIDS epidemic during the Reagen era. This mini-series has a ton of great parts in it, and showcases all the actors, giving some of the best performances I've seen in a while.

Brilliant cinematography and set design also help keep us focused while watching, as the length really is just too much. But the basic storyline is really too complex to get much into, but Angels in America follows a group of people, all connected through one of two men with AIDS.

It really is a great film, with some amazing performances, especially by Justin Kirk, Jeffrey Wright, Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, and Mary-Louise Parker. I really can't wait for Mike Nichol's upcoming Closer.


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I was really, uh, out of it after some heavy intoxification, but I half watched most of Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (eh- but I used to love it) and The Cat and the Hat (so bad). But I did watch, in its entirety, But I'm a Cheerleader, which I'd already seen, but a while ago. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan, a gay cheerleader sent away to a camp to cure her of her homosexuality.

The movie is a satire, so everything is over-the-top and the stereotypes are strong, which really make the film hilarious. It has one of the best soundtracks I've heard, and I must get it as soon as possible.

If you haven't seen this film, do so. It's a quirky dark comedy that I think should check out.

This was a silly movie. It made me laugh though. It's about this girl who is a cheerleader and all of her friends and family and even her boyfriend think she is a lesbian so they send her to this camp to make her straight again. She ends up realizing she is a lesbian and likes it. The ending was pretty good but this was a weird movie.


Very unusual movie, with a decent script, a few interesting though mostly cliche' characters and some decent dialogue mixed in with all the crap. There are a few parts of the movie that I liked, but most of it was just really dumb and nearly unwatchable.

The movie is about a girl who's parents think that she is a lesbian because she does not enjoy kissing her boyfriend, she hangs posters of women on her bedroom walls and locker, and (*GASP*) she's a vegetarian. They send her to a camp which claims it can turn a gay person straight again through five easy steps and just a couple months. While there she meets another lesbian girl and falls in love. It's an interesting story just because it's kind of touchy. It's almost like a regular teenage romance, except the romance is between two girls (which definitely isolates its viewers).

The actors all do a fairly good job with what they are given, but the director and screenwriter go for all the obvious jokes and it ends up just being a really dumb movie at the end. I know a couple people who really like the movie, but I can't recommend it to anybody.