July 17, 2002
Movie Review -- But I'm a Cheerleader!

Finding this movie was a complete surprise. I bumped into it in the wee hours one night when Ryan was first born. I was up with him, and he was refusing to sleep, so I needed something to occupy my mind. I flipped through the movie channels and happened upon But I'm a Cheerleader!

I saw the first half that night, and wanted to see the rest, but had to Tivo it and watch it at another time. I finally managed to see the rest, and now I find I have to own a copy of it so I can share it! If you like farcical fare, and want to see RuPaul in a male role (!), I highly recommend this movie. I adored it, and was surprised by where it went (or rather, how it got there).

Spoilers ahead... click more, if you want to know, well, more. *grins*

When the movie first began, I thought it was a simple farce. Megan, a cheerleader, is entranced by images of her squad-mates anatomy, and can't stand french-kissing her boyfriend. Her friends and family perform an intervention, telling her they believe she is a (shock! horror!) lesbian, and then send her to True Directions to find her way back to heterosexuality. [RuPaul plays Mike, the male counselor at the school.]

Megan rebels the whole way there, uncertain she is a lesbian, but once there, she finally admits that perhaps she is. The school is peopled with a mix of young men and women, all in various stereotypes of homosexuality (Andre, one of the boys, is just SO stereotypical limpwristed).

As Megan goes through the steps of the program, she finds that she is attracted to Graham, a girl who arrived as a happily card-carrying lesbian from the get-go. And Graham returns it... The story becomes more serious as the two become friends, and then as they steal a night away from the school and their friendship shifts to love. It is then that the farce begins to be colored by the more serious matter of being true to oneself and to one's sexuality.

This is not a movie against homosexuality. The frightening thing is that places like True Directions DO exist. The irony in the movie is that if Megan had never been sent there, she might never have understood herself, and might have never been happy with herself, her sexuality, her life. She grows as a person there, from simply a cheerleader dating a football player, to a young woman who is scared of where life is taking her, but makes the decisions she has to in order to get where she needs to go.

It is a great movie, and I highly recommend it.

Posted by Deb Atwood at July 17, 2002 08:20 PM | TrackBack

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Posted by: Peter on July 18, 2002 10:51 AM

Oxblood Dr. Martens boots: $130
Vintage Levis: $75
Flannel shirt from Salvation Army: $2
3-pack white Fruit of the Loom t-shirts: $9
Seeing your best girl dressed like a lumberjack: priceless

There are some things money can't buy. For everything else there's MistressCard. *smirk*

Posted by: tuesday's child on July 19, 2002 12:02 AM

Oh, btw. Awesome movie! You should try to find Chutney Popcorn as well. It's got an excellent story line (Lesbian offers to be surrogate mom for barren older sister. Much comical mayhem ensues.) and fairly good production value for an independent film.

Posted by: tuesday's child on July 19, 2002 12:09 AM

Hey Tue --

I was going to try to work some kinda "Everywhere she wants to be" or "Don't Leave Home Without Her" into this thread, but frankly (Phrancly?), there's no damn way I can follow that. Touché. Het guy surrenders.

Posted by: Peter on July 19, 2002 09:19 AM
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