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BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER

SYNOPSIS:
The parents of high school student and cheerleading squad member Megan (Natasha Lyonne) are concerned because they believe their daughter may have lesbian tendencies. Following an "intervention" at her family home, Megan is sent to "True Directions" - a correction centre for adolescents run by Mary J. Brown (Cathy Moriarty). Under Mary's supervision Megan and other juvenile "offenders" are put through an intensive program aimed at exorcising their homosexual leanings and encouraging them to embrace heterosexual lifestyle.

"How could a film starring Natasha Lyonne as the plucky heroine, Cathy Moriarty as a twisted camp commandant, Mink Stole as a neurotic suburban housewife and RuPaul (out of drag) as a camp counsellor be so unrelentingly awful as this pitiful waste of celluloid? Blame writer Brian Wayne Peterson and director Jamie Babbit for what looks like a mid-70's high school play (and a bad one at that) and fails to produce one genuine laugh in 89 painful minutes. I chuckled mildly as Megan awkwardly kissed her football hunk boyfriend while images of leaping cheerleaders filled her imagination but that's it. It's certainly more amusing than Moriarty's therapy routines which finds the girls learning how to vacuum properly and the boys discovering the joys of motor mechanics. Is this the year 2000 or did Stonewall just happen last week? It looks like this so-called comedy is meant to be a swipe against the American religious right and the stupidity of homophobia. Worthy targets for sure but the trouble is it's so unfunny and unappealing it's probably been added to the play list at bible-belt tent shows as proof of the devil's corruption of Tinseltown's feeble liberal minds and further evidence that "straight is great". No brains, no laughs, no redeeming features and harder to sit through than Battlefield Earth."
Richard Kuipers

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 1
Mixed: 0

BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER (M)
(US)

CAST: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Dante Basco, RuPaul, Eddie Cibrian

DIRECTOR: Jamie Babbit

PRODUCER: Leanna Creel, Andrea Sperling

SCRIPT: Jamie Babbit, Brian Wayne Peterson

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jules Labarthe

EDITOR: Cecily Rhett

MUSIC: Pat Irwin

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Rachel Kamerman

RUNNING TIME: 85 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 16, 2000

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow Home Ent

VIDEO RELEASE: June 6, 2001







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