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But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Brandt Wille ...
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Peter
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Nancy
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Mike (as RuPaul Charles)
Katie Donahue ...
Cheerleader #1
Danielle Reneau ...
Cheerleader #2
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Mary Brown
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Rock
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Jan
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Sinead
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Joel
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Storyline

Megan is an all-American girl. She's a cheerleader and has a boyfriend, but she doesn't like kissing him very much, and she's pretty tactile with her cheerleader friends, and she only has pictures of girls up in her locker. Her parents and friends conclude that she *must* be gay and send her off to "sexual redirection" school, full of admittedly homosexual misfits, where she can learn how to be straight. Will Megan be turned around to successful heterosexuality, or will she succumb to her love for the beautiful Graham? Written by Martin Lewison <mlewison@utk.edu>

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friend | lesbian | cheerleader | love | locker | See more »

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A Comedy Of Sexual Disorientation

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Rated R for strong language and sexual content involving teens | See all certifications »

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Make Me Over  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,410 (USA) (7 July 2000)

Gross:

$2,199,853 (USA) (15 September 2000)
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Trivia

The song that Rock is dancing to, is "Party Train" by RuPaul. RuPaul plays Mike, one of the counselors, in this film. See more »

Goofs

During the bar scene, Megan removes her sweater on the bar. She goes to dance, and then leaves through the back door in a huff, whereupon her sweater magically reappears. See more »

Quotes

Sinead: I'm Sinead. I like pain. I'm a homosexual.
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Soundtracks

Glass Vase Cello Case
Performed by Tattle Tale
Written by Madigan Shive and Jen Wood
Published by MoonPuss Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of St. Francis Records
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Satiric delight
27 July 2000 | by (Eatontown, NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

This film is a biting and hilarious parody of people who not only force themselves into artificial molds but also feel the to make other people fit the same stereotypical molds. The main attack of the satire is on the delusion that homosexuals can be cured by people who are themselves repressed homosexuals.

Deliciously silly victorian roles of males and females are superimposed on the teenagers who struggle not to be who they really are. But the garishly-colored costumes of the 1950's "Father Knows Best" and "Leave It To Beaver" style are as incongruous as the fake role-playing. In the end, at least some of the young victims of this cruelty escape to face a life of being themselves.


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