Post a Comment. As a narrative feature, it is even less impressive. There are parts of But I'm a Cheerleader that drag and the dark realities and consequences of actual ex-gay ministries are unfortunately ignored.
Written and directed by Jamie Babbit, the movie used campy humor to tell a story about a gay-rehabilitation camp for teens, run by its uptight founder Cathy Moriarty and pseudo-masculine "ex-gay" RuPaul. The film is a cult favorite in the LGBT genre for its hilarious and smart jabs at gender norms, sexuality in suburban America and real-life ex-gay Christian organizations. Over the course of a half-hour phone conversation with Lyonne, as she made her way to the Los Angeles airport, it became clear that the details of surrounding the release of the film are a bit fuzzy.
But I'm a Cheerleader is a comedy although it wasn't theatrically released until lampooning the idea of homosexual reform camps with the story of Megan, a God-fearing cheerleader who has never paid her homosexual tendencies any thought until being sent to the True Directions camp. While there, she admits the homosexuality that everyone but her had apparently seenand falls in love with another of the True Directions members, Graham. The film carved out an unusual niche for itself as what many have identified as a Lighter and Softer version of a John Waters film, combining high camp, dark political comedy and good-natured romanticism under one improbably broad yet tantalizingly candy-colored roof.
People across the globe shared funny, sweet and sometimes sad stories on social media about how and when they came out to their friends, family and, well, themselves. It seems as though we all know a queer someone who was kicked out of their home by terrible parents or was bullied at school for being LGBTQ, for simply being who they are. Well, almost never works out well.
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Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader whose parents send her to a residential inpatient conversion therapy camp to cure her lesbianism. There Megan soon comes to embrace her sexual orientation, despite the therapy, and falls in love. But I'm a Cheerleader was Babbit's first feature film. It was inspired by an article about conversion therapy and her childhood familiarity with rehabilitation programs.
Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan Bloomfield, a high school cheerleader whose parents send her to a residential inpatient conversion therapy camp to cure her lesbianism. There Megan soon comes to embrace her sexual orientation, despite the therapy, and falls in love. But I'm a Cheerleader was Babbit's first feature film.