Re-Watch: But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

But I’m a Cheerleader
Director: Jamie Babbit
Writer: Brian Peterson
Cast: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, Katrina Phillips, Katharine Towne, Joel Michaely, Douglas Spain, Dante Basco, Kip Pardue, Cathy Moriarty, Bud Cort, Mink Stole, RuPaul, Eddie Cibrian, Michelle Williams, Wesley Mann, Richard Moll, Julie Delpy
Seen on: 16.5.2021
[Here’s my first review.]

Content Note: (critical treatment of) homomisia, conversion therapy

Plot:
Megan (Natasha Lyonne) comes from a good Christian household, is a cheerleader, has a boyfriend. That’s why she is completely blindsided when her parents (Bud Cort, Mink Stole) suddenly cart her off to True Direction, a “rehabilitation facility” for turning homosexuals into heterosexuals. There Megan undergoes rigorous training together with other kids in the same position. But what happens when you put five lesbians into a room? Well, sparks fly – and so Megan finds herself drawn to Graham (Clea DuVall).

When I watched But I’m a Cheerleader for the first time, I hadn’t realized yet that I was into women myself, and let me tell you, the film hits differently when you know you’re queer. I definitely liked it more now than I did back then (though I did like it then, too). In fact, I adored it.

The film poster showing Megan (Natasha Lyonne) in a pink ball gown, holding a cheerleading pompom.
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Someone Great (2019)

Someone Great
Director: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Writer: Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Cast: Gina Rodriguez, Brittany Snow, DeWanda Wise, LaKeith Stanfield, Michelle Buteau, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Alex Moffat, Joe LoCicero, Rosario Dawson, RuPaul, Questlove, Jessie Reyez
Seen on: 24.4.2019
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Plot:
Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) just got her dream job as a music journalist. Unfortunately that means that she has to move from New York to San Francisco. Her boyfriend of many years Nate (LaKeith Stanfield) decides against a long distance relationshop and breaks up with her instead, leaving Jenny reeling. Fortunately she has her best friends Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) to pick her up. They decide to go for a last night of partying together before Jenny has to move.

Considering that there really aren’t enough movies about women being friends (if you ask me), I was really looking forward to Someone Great. Unfortunately it was a little too much a party film and that just isn’t my cup of tea. I ended up wanting to like the film much more than I actually did.

The film poster showing Jenny (Gina Rodriguez), Erin (DeWanda Wise) and Blair (Brittany Snow) lying down with their heads close together.
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But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

But I’m a Cheerleader is a movie by Jamie Babbit, starring Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall.

Plot:
When Megan (Natasha Lyonne) is suspected to be a lesbian, her parents send her to a Christian “rehab” center, where she’s supposed to learn the straight way. Instead she falls for Graham (Clea DuVall).

The movie is a little campy, but it’s supposed to be. There are some very funny scenes and it’s a lighthearted look at a serious issue. Entertaining.

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