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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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Jamie Babbit

Writers:

Brian Peterson (screenplay) (as Brian Wayne Peterson), Jamie Babbit (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Lyonne ... Megan
Michelle Williams ... Kimberly
Brandt Wille Brandt Wille ... Jared
Bud Cort ... Peter
Mink Stole ... Nancy
RuPaul ... Mike (as RuPaul Charles)
Katie Donahue Katie Donahue ... Cheerleader #1
Danielle Rene Danielle Rene ... Cheerleader #2 (as Danielle Reneau)
Cathy Moriarty ... Mary Brown
Eddie Cibrian ... Rock
Melanie Lynskey ... Hilary
Clea DuVall ... Graham
Katrina Phillips ... Jan
Katharine Towne ... Sinead
Joel Michaely ... 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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Taglines:

A Comedy Of Sexual Disorientation

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Make Me Over See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,410, 9 July 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,205,627

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,595,216
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Mary: Have you ever had a boyfriend?
Megan: Yes. For 2 years, we've been going steady. And I really love him. He's smart, and popular...
Graham: [interrupting, sarcastically] And he's got the biggest dick I've never seen.
Hilary: Well, um, have you ever - had sex with him?
Megan: I'm a Christian.
Hilary: It's really easy to be a prude when you're not attracted to him, isn't it?
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Referenced in Death Proof (2007) See more »

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Just Like Henry
Performed by Dressy Bessy
Written by Tammy Ealom, John Hill, Rob Greene, Darren Albert
Published by Little Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Kindercore Records
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Campy on Purpose
9 January 2005 | by AyngelKaimusSee all my reviews

Incredible social commentary. Yes, It's a little campy, but it's all supposed to be that way. It's an amusing look at attempting to 'rehab" homosexuals with therapy and "finding their roots". Great acting all around, excellent writing.

Personally, it was the subtle things that did it for me. Mary's son was funny, and the cut-outs (just pay attention to the boys' lessons) were Hilarious. I thought it was a great tongue-in-cheek way of saying "okay, this is stupid, we need to let them be" for the gay community.

If you're in the mood for a lot of laughing, and RuPaul out-of-drag to boot, rent this one.


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