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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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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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Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Film debut of Kip Pardue. 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: [to Graham, after she caught her making out with Megan] It's your choice: you can run off with Megan and turn into a raging bull-dyke, or you can do the simulation and graduate and lead a normal life.
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Alternate Versions

The verson that ran in theaters had the Lion's Gate logo than the Fine Line logo and then the credit: "Fine Line Features presents". This wasn't changed in time as a deal with Fine Line and the film's production company fell-through. On the DVD release the Lion's Gate logo apears and then new credit: "Lion's Gate Films presents". No mention of Fine Line appears. See more »

Connections

References Raging Bull (1980) See more »

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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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An exceptionally remarkable eye-opening film on adolescent soul
18 March 2009 | by wm28See all my reviews

To many viewers this is probably not much more than a well-made, feel-good satirical comedy about teenage homosexuality and adult homophobia mixed with some heart-warming moments, and indeed it serves that function of somewhat superficial entertainment well. But it is a lot more than that. If you watch carefully, this is an incredibly honest, revealing and touchingly sensitive film on teenage identity crisis and identity search interacting with social influences. It tells you more than any psychology book could tell on adolescence, because one cannot put all that into words. Natasha Lyonne as 17 year old Megan (the heroine of the story) demonstrates amazing qualities of acting in a role which is probably the most demanding any actor or actress can face: that of a changing adolescent personality re-discovering one's inner, formerly suppressed unconscious self over two months, while still remaining herself in a way. If you compare her different faces at different phases of the story, e.g. when she "just cannot think of anything" at the camp, and when she looks into the bathroom mirror much later in the film washing her teeth, you will see what I mean. If you are not distracted by hilariously funny bits and jokes and you do not consider poor acting by Cathy Moriarty, it is in fact a top quality drama made superbly. Intimate conversations between the two leading actors (Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall) tell more in one minute of this film about life than most movie star celebrities do throughout their whole career. Natasha Lyonne should have received an Oscar for this as best actress, and she should have been offered leading roles in less superficial films than "American Pie". A talent wasted. Her performance in this film is an extraordinary achievement and a very touching experience for anyone sensitive enough to resonate to it. I highly recommend it for re-watching it several times: you will not get bored if you are attentive enough.


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