But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  11 August 2000 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Brandt Wille ...
Mike (as RuPaul Charles)
Katie Donahue ...
Cheerleader #1
Danielle Reneau ...
Cheerleader #2
Mary Brown


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A Comedy Of Sexual Disorientation


Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

11 August 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Make Me Over  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


When the pickup truck is pulling away in the last scene, a larger truck pulling the pickup can be seen through the tree and even hitting branches of the tree. See more »


Joel: What about foreplay?
Mary: No! Foreplay is for sissies! Real men go in, unload and pull out!
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Referenced in Death Proof (2007) See more »


Funnel Of Love
Performed by Wanda Jackson
Written by Kent Westberry, Charlie McCoy
Published by Universal - Songs of Polygram International, Inc.
obo Cedarwood Publishing
Courtesy of Capitol Nashville
Licensed from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets
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Great social commentary piece...
15 November 2000 | by (Chapel Hill, NC) – See all my reviews

My gay best friend and I watched this movie together recently. I found it to be quite a funny and touching film. It played on all the typical gay stereotypes, while also discrediting them. I found it to be highly enjoyable. There were some genuinely comic moments to be found here. Everyone (gay, straight, bi, or whatever) can get a pleasant laugh out of this movie. Don't miss out on it just because of its controversial subject matter. A+

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