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But I'm a Cheerleader

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Overview

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 ...
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Overview

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."
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
Having simulated sex in a flesh-colored body suit -- complete with fig leaves -- is just one step on the road to recovery for the beleaguered heroine of this colorful, teen sex comedy. Natasha Lyonne plays Megan, a high-school cheerleader whose family is convinced she's a lesbian and ships her off to a rehab camp designed to "cure" people of their homosexuality. Soon after Megan arrives, she falls head over heels for fellow rehabber Graham Clea Duvall. Lyonne gives Megan a perfect wide-eyed innocence as she comes to grips with her true sexual inclinations, while Duvall plays Graham as an ideal foil -- savvy, sophisticated, and exasperated by Megan's naiveté even though she's smitten with her. The film follows Megan's progress as she completes an outrageous five-step program designed to make her a normal heterosexual with former drag queen RuPaul as one of her counselors, and every imaginable cliché about sexual behavior and sex roles is fuel for the satire. While this is definitely a film with a message, its light-hearted exploration of everyone's favorite subject -- sex -- gives But I'm a Cheerleader winning charm.
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But I'm a Cheerleader, MTV director Jamie Babbit's debut feature, will probably never be considered her breakout film, though its brightly colored art direction and over-the-top cast of characters may very well turn it into a camp regular among the cult circuit. While the somewhat choppy pacing reveals Babbit's own lack of directorial development, it unintentionally strengthens the plight of Megan (Natasha Lyonne), who, like the film itself, awkwardly delves into precarious territory without having had the chance to grow into herself beforehand. But I'm a Cheerleader is also a blatant, if lighthearted, send-up of gender stereotyping in all of its ugliness. The neon assault of pink-for-the-girls and blue-for-the-boys effectively reinforces the idea of predetermined gender roles throughout the film, and it doesn't take much satire from the sex-obsessed camp staff to indicate that the budding homosexuals may not be as "addicted" to so-called acts of sexual deviance as certain members of their hetero-leaning counterparts seem to be. In fact, little satire is needed to exaggerate the rigorous emphasis of gender roles on society, and Lyonne's performance as a sweet-but-ditzy cheerleader smart enough to realize that something isn't quite right makes for a heartfelt journey into the surreal existence of camps like True Directions. Glimpses of John Waters-inspired absurdity peeks through in Cathy Moriarty's portrayal of Mary Brown, the camp director who presides over the "at risk" teens with an iron fist while in denial concerning her own son's obvious homosexuality, as well as within drag queen RuPaul Charles' performance as a True Directions graduate who was successfully shoved back into the closet. Judged on its own terms, But I'm a Cheerleader is an enjoyable experience which, despite lacking the gritty political implications of other gay & lesbian films, successfully uses its own lightness as a vehicle to impart the weighty nature of the message itself.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
Ms. Lyonne doesn't camp it up; she settles in and, using her spry optimism and little girl's croak of a voice, delivers a real performance.

Ms. Lyonne doesn't camp it up; she settles in and, using her spry optimism and little girl's croak of a voice, delivers a real performance.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/28/2001
  • UPC: 096898675932
  • Original Release: 1999
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Natasha Lyonne Megan
Cathy Moriarty Mary Brown
Bud Cort Peter
Mink Stole Nancy
RuPaul Mike
Clea Duvall Graham
Eddie Cibrian Rock
Melanie Lynskey Hilary Vandermuller
Julie Delpy Lipstick Lesbian
Kip Pardue Clayton Dunn
Dante Basco Dolph
Wesley Mann Lloyd Morgan-Gordon
Richard Moll Larry Morgan-Gordon
Joel Michaely Joel Goldberg
Katrina Phillips Jan
Douglas Spain Andre
Katharine Towne Sinead Laren
Brandt Wille Jared
Michelle Williams Kimberly
Katie Donahue Cheerleader #1
Danielle Reneau Cheerleader #2
Kyle Thatcher Joel's Father
Robert Pine Mr. Eaton
Rachelle Carson Graham's Stepmom
Charles Braden Bruce
Robert P. Farrior
J. Eddie Peck
Ione Skye
Technical Credits
Jamie Babbit Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
James Lee Barrett Asst. Director
Michael Burns Executive Producer
Marc Butan Executive Producer
Leanna Creel Producer
Alix Friedberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Ross Guidici Editor
Van A. Hayden Asst. Director
Shawn Holden Sound/Sound Designer
Pat Irwin Score Composer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Rachel Kamerman Production Designer
Julia Kim Casting
Donald Kushner Executive Producer
Jules LaBarthe Cinematographer
Rosemary Lawrence Makeup
Peter Locke Executive Producer
Brian Wayne Peterson Screenwriter
Cecily Rhett Editor
Stephen E. Smith Musical Direction/Supervision
Andrea Sperling Producer
Macie Vener Art Director
Georgianne Walken Casting
Linns Williamson Asst. Director
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Go Team!

    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.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    a girl thats a lesbian finally a great film!

    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!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny

    Shows how far people go to fit in.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Aww!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful and Real

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    awsome movie!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    fantastic film!

    What a wonderfully fun and poignant movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hilarious Truth

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excuses, excuses

    A very hilarious movie that has a message tied into it. Check it out for yourself!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gender Roles and Gays

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    And the Ocar for best Indy film goes to...

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sexy, Smart, and Hilarious!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sweetest Film of 2000---Girl On Girl

    ''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.

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    Posted April 26, 2009

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