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But I’m A Cheerleader

A camp, deadpan takedown of conservative homophobia and conversion therapy.

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USA 1999
Dir Jamie Babbit
With Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams, RuPaul
Certificate 15

Jamie Babbit’s deadpan takedown of conservative homophobia is a camp classic. A cheerleader tries to like boys, but doesn’t. At conversion therapy, she and other teens are instructed in the fine art of straightness, but the squares who try to teach them unwittingly send the opposite messages. Words say one thing, images another, as all good queer semioticians know. A winning, acerbic, pastel pastiche.

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