But I'm a CheerleaderDirector: Jamie Babbit, Natasha Lyonne, Cathy Moriarty, Bud Cort
In this satire, parents who are worried that their children might not be walking the straight and narrow path discover a rehabilitation camp designed to curb alternative lifestyles. Megan (Natasha Lyonne), a high school student and member of the cheerleading squad, seems like an ordinary enough teenage girl, but her habit of honestly expressing herself and lack of romantic enthusiasm for her boyfriend convince her very repressed parents, Peter (Bud Cort) and Nancy (Mink Stole), that Megan is becoming a lesbian. So Megan is shipped off to True Directions, a camp for gay and gay-leaning teens, where Mary Brown (Cathy Moriarty) attempts to deprogram kids with homosexual tendencies. The first step in the process is to get each teen to admit to their homosexuality, which Megan is loath to do, since she doesn't believe she's a lesbian -- or at least she didn't think so before she met her new friend Graham (Clea DuVall), who seems quite sure that she likes girls. Meanwhile, Mary's son Rock (Eddie Cibrian) may be exempt from the camp's activities, but he turns more than a few heads among True Directions' male inmates. Noted female impersonator RuPaul appears as a camp guide, and Julie Delpy has a cameo as a "lipstick lesbian."
- Release Date:
- Original Release:
- Universal Studios
Cast & Crew
|Cathy Moriarty||Mary Brown|
|Melanie Lynskey||Hilary Vandermuller|
|Julie Delpy||Lipstick Lesbian|
|Kip Pardue||Clayton Dunn|
|Wesley Mann||Lloyd Morgan-Gordon|
|Richard Moll||Larry Morgan-Gordon|
|Joel Michaely||Joel Goldberg|
|Katharine Towne||Sinead Laren|
|Katie Donahue||Cheerleader #1|
|Danielle Reneau||Cheerleader #2|
|Kyle Thatcher||Joel's Father|
|Robert Pine||Mr. Eaton|
|Rachelle Carson||Graham's Stepmom|
|Robert P. Farrior||Actor|
|J. Eddie Peck||Actor|
|Jamie Babbit||Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter|
|James Lee Barrett||Asst. Director|
|Michael Burns||Executive Producer|
|Marc Butan||Executive Producer|
|Alix Friedberg||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Van A. Hayden||Asst. Director|
|Shawn Holden||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Pat Irwin||Score Composer|
|Rachel Kamerman||Production Designer|
|Donald Kushner||Executive Producer|
|Peter Locke||Executive Producer|
|Brian Wayne Peterson||Screenwriter|
|Stephen E. Smith||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|Macie Vener||Art Director|
|Linns Williamson||Asst. Director|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews
This movie made my toes curl with delight. Everything from the introductory April March song to spotting the various queer icons coming as they do from the handful of queer films out there. Rupaul Charles, Clea Duvall and Natasha Lyonne are among them, but one cannot overlook that dreamy creature from Heavenly Creatures. And the boy who played Rufio in Hook... Who says there's no homoeroticisim among the Lost Boys? The story is a fairy tale of sorts and the filmakers have emphasized this with the use of color. Heteros wear brown, orange and beige. The kids at ''True Directions'' are locked into the baby blue and fluffy pink of the baby clothes that help enforce gender and their gay liberators immerse themselves in rainbows and fatigues. Interesting about the fatiques too. Sure, the movie oversimplifies the issues, but it's light, it makes fun of itself, and it supposes that a lesbian can, indeed, be a cheerleader. And you don't have to be a lesbian to play softball. Sounds like a good deal to me.
I absolutely love this film. It'sa comedy/drama with little things thrown in for humor, i.e., stereotyping gays which normally I wouldn't have found funny but really it was. It touched me and made me feel more secure about who I am.
If you are looking for a movie that is powerful yet underlined with a dry sence of humor in this is the movie for you. This great movie with tons of priceless hytrical lines and Unexcepted situation that will make you think and laugh out load. Growing up in a concertive town is exactly where the plot of this movie is set. Megan(Natasha Lyonne) is an average teenager with comfortable surrounds, finds herself confronted by her; friends, family, and boyfriend claiming that she is a lesbian. As her parents take her to a so called get straight camp called ''True Directions'' she is quickly finding out that in order to be happy you have don't have to go to church and have a boyfriend instead just to have a mate. This is a must see movie so I suggest that you buy it or rent it today. Skott V.
This is an excellent film! It centers around the life of Megan, a high school grrl with some ''homosexual tendencies''. We watch struggle with being sent to gay rehab, where all the girls and boys are instructed on how to follow their own gender roles. The cutie love scenes between Clea and Natasha are sweet and as usual Clea is hot. (Sorry!) Overall the film is really funny and sweet. It's a really fun look at the gender roles and societal thoughts on homosexuals. Watch for the fun scenes with the ''ex-ex-gay men, who's homes are painted in rainbows, along with everything else in their home. Great movie... you won't regret buying it.
''But I'm A Cheerleader'' Jamie Babbitt's anti-homophobia, pro-babydyke satire, has got to be the hottest, sweetest, most ironic, and most sincere weird little film this year. Natasha Lyonne, now with straight hair after having worn it fuzzy since she was a toddler, stars as the yell queen with a sapphic secret lust. Clea DuVall, also fantastic, plays the object of Lyonne's desire, a nasty little trust-fund babydyke who's in stir at the behest of Mumsy and Daddykins. Cathy Moriarity plays the evil harridan who runs this particular youth treatment center, which I can tell you, as a professional therapist working with youth, is not too different from the real thing. RuPaul is great as C.M.'s subordinate, as are Mink Stole and Bud Cort as Lyonne's clueless parents. The love story between Lyonne and DuVall is so sweet, it reminded me of a similar story line in ''Times Square'' which featured Trini Alvarado and some butch chick now forgotten (1984, I think). I love Natasha Lyonne. She bares her soul before the cameras while her peers just expose a little flesh. Meagan, her character in BIAC, was low-key compared to fireballs she's played before such as Vivian in ''Slums of Beverly Hills'' and Jessica in ''American Pie''. Much as I like her in girl-roles, she's grown up now (witness a recent fashion spread in US Weekly) and I think she'll be the next Bette Davis...or, if we can get her directing, producing, writing, etc., the next Clint Eastwood. She's a jewel but rough around the edges. She's had a lot of her pain in her so-far short life, though her response has most often been to behave like a little thug. If she can work out her anger on the screen, we'll all be blessed. This was her transitional film. Next, she's doing a holocaust drama with Harvey Keitel, Mira Sorvino, and Steve Buscemi. Before she takes on roles as ingenues, Girl Fridays, ballbusters, sweet little hausfraus, and other representatives of the Godhead, I'd like to see her reprise the role of Meagan in ''BIAC 2: 2 Girls and a Baby''...like the Ethridge/Cyper/Crosby lesbian family, a seasoned old white dude is needed for the other X or Y stuff...I volunteer for the role myself as long as we do the impregnation the old-fashioned way instead of with the turkey-baster.
this was honestly one of the best movies i have seen in a while.it was funny and light hearted.i loved the way the ex-ex-gays make it ok to be homosexual,because most movies and media make gays seem evil or wrong for how they are.the movie was really funny and it made me laugh quite a bit.
While the movie makes us laugh, it also brings up back to the same original questions all homosexuals ask them selves from the beginning. I think that this movie is a perfect way to lighten up the subject and make us all laugh.
Shows how far people go to fit in.
A very hilarious movie that has a message tied into it. Check it out for yourself!
What a wonderfully fun and poignant movie!
so the movie is about a girl Megan who's a cheerleader only problem is she's into girls which means she's a lesbian its pretty cool how in today's world how girls like girls and this movie proves that just cause a girl is a lesbian does'nt mean she's gross or anything i think it would be neat to go out with a girl oaky so maybe this movie is turning me into a lesbian hey its alright! i like girls as long as they like me back cool lesbian movie !!! even for cheerleaders!!!!!
This is perhaps the best film of the year. The rich, spot-on satire and outrageous double entendres make every scene a jewel, while the intense, honest, and touching love interest begs a smile. I've watched a ton of gay flicks in my day, but this is the first I have ever seen that depicts gay love as a mature, emotional, and romantic institution. In addition, the sex scene is so well done, so beautiful, and so touching that I cannot fathom how anyone would not be impressed. Clea Duvall is absolutely delicious, and the rest of the cast is incredibly entertaining. This is the best gay film I have ever seen. I would recommend this amazingly sexy and smart film to anyone!
This is a great movie! I thoroughly enjoyed it and have to have it in my movie collection. The love between the two girls was beautiful and real, which is how it should be.It doesn't matter what other people say;love is love,whatever form it may come in.