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Matt Addis's avatar

Matt Addis

The most John Waters film that’s not a John Waters film
2 years 4 months ago
Houston's avatar


Joel: What about foreplay?
Mary: Foreplay is for sissies! Real men go in, unload and pull out!
12 years 4 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


There's no question that the conversion therapy school in But I'm a Cheerleader is a cringy mockery of such programs, but there's a lot of truth under the satire - in particular the logical gymnastics used to find the root cause of one's homosexuality, and the threat of homelessness in case one "washes out". Natasha Lyonne is a good Christian girl who never really thought she might be gay, but once she's exposed to other gay kids (among them a show-stealing Clea DuVall), things become clearer. Director Jamie Babbit has fun with the look of the picture, painting Lyonne's family in anachronistic 1950s fashions, and the walls of the school in "gender-appropriate" blocks of solid color. And then there's all the accidental homoeroticism that puts you in the kids' heads and draw out all the chuckles. It's often silly, but doesn't shy away from bitter truths. It's not 1999 anymore, and "hiding it" isn't necessarily the only option for gay teens, but that really depends on your family situation and community. But I'm a Cheerleader is probably still a useful primer for understanding what LGBTQ+ teens are going through.
1 year 4 months ago
Mudskipper's avatar


mmm yes good movie
11 years 8 months ago
pegs404's avatar


This movie really stands the test of time. It's fairly lighthearted and sweet, but its darker message shines through all the same. A must-watch where LGBT+ coming-of-age stories are concerned.
3 years 11 months ago
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