About But I’m a Cheerleader

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Comedy, Drama

Megan (Natasha Lyonne) is just your typical, all-American teenager. She does pretty well at school, is dating a football player—although she isn’t as crazy about him as she thinks maybe she should be—and excels at cheerleading. One day, Megan arrives home from school shocked to discover her parents, her boyfriend, her friends, and her teachers have staged an intervention. Everyone has decided she’s gay and needs to spend some quality time at True Directions, a residential conversion-therapy boot camp for gay teens managed by homophobic counselor Mary Brown (Cathy Moriarty). At camp, Megan meets Graham (Clea DuVall), a defiant and unapologetic lesbian, and the two develop a fast friendship. But is it more than that? This satirical, cult comedy was the feature-film debut of director Jamie Babbit (Itty Bitty Titty Committee) and has been described as what it might look like if John Waters directed a cross between Girl, Interrupted and Private Benjamin. The film also features supporting roles by RuPaul, Michelle Williams, Mink Stole, Melanie Lynskey, Bud Cort, Robert Pine, and Julie Delpy. Print courtesy of UCLA Film and Television Archive. Contains mature content, including strong language and sexual situations.

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