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But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

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A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

Director:

Jamie Babbit

Writers:

Brian Peterson (screenplay) (as Brian Wayne Peterson), Jamie Babbit (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natasha Lyonne ... Megan
Michelle Williams ... Kimberly
Brandt Wille Brandt Wille ... Jared
Bud Cort ... Peter
Mink Stole ... Nancy
RuPaul ... Mike (as RuPaul Charles)
Katie Donahue Katie Donahue ... Cheerleader #1
Danielle Rene Danielle Rene ... Cheerleader #2 (as Danielle Reneau)
Cathy Moriarty ... Mary Brown
Eddie Cibrian ... Rock
Melanie Lynskey ... Hilary
Clea DuVall ... Graham
Katrina Phillips ... Jan
Katharine Towne ... Sinead
Joel Michaely ... Joel
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Storyline

Megan is an all-American girl. She's a cheerleader and has a boyfriend, but she doesn't like kissing him very much, and she's pretty tactile with her cheerleader friends, and she only has pictures of girls up in her locker. Her parents and friends conclude that she *must* be gay and send her off to "sexual redirection" school, full of admittedly homosexual misfits, where she can learn how to be straight. Will Megan be turned around to successful heterosexuality, or will she succumb to her love for the beautiful Graham? Written by Martin Lewison <mlewison@utk.edu>

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Taglines:

A Comedy Of Sexual Disorientation

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and sexual content involving teens | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Make Me Over See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,410, 9 July 2000

Gross USA:

$2,205,627

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,595,216
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Clea DuVall and Natasha Lyonne appeared as guest judges on Rupaul's show, Rupaul's Drag Race in two consecutive weeks in season 11. See more »

Goofs

Graham's cigarette when Megan and Graham are talking while Megan is trying to write her "cheer". See more »

Quotes

Megan: I'm a homosexual!
[shouting]
Megan: I'm a homosexual! I'm a homosexual! I'm a homosexual! Oh my god... they were right. I'm a homo.
Mary: Congratulations, Megan. You have just taken your first step in your true direction!
[group therapy applauds then embraces her]
Megan: I'm a homosex...
[cries]
Mary: Okay. Go on now. Don't worry, Megan. It's gonna be okay.
Megan: [drooling] No.
Mary: Here, put these on.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Two scenes were removed from the movie to obtain a "R" rating. The two scenes were:
  • There was a much more longer version of Megan masturbating.
  • The sex scene between Megan and Graham was toned down because it was much too explicit and would have caused the movie to receive a "NC-17" rating.
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Spoofed in South Park: Cartman Sucks (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Ray Of Sunshine
Written and Performed by Go Sailor
Published by Go Sailor
Courtesy of Lookout! Records LLC
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Genius
12 January 2003 | by HFenderchickSee all my reviews

An acquaintance of mine saw this movie and told me, with a negative connotation, "that movie was about a bunch of lesbians!" This was a while ago and I had forgotten about the movie but I picked up the box at the rental store the other day and decided to make my own judgments. This story was a stroke of genius! A cheerleader who thinks she is straight, talked into being a lesbian by a bunch of people trying to make her straight, well, they talked her into the realization that she was, in fact,homosexual, although, I don't think I'd enjoy kissing Megan's boyfriend either, I thought he'd drown her in his salava.

This movie was in the spirit of some John Waters' films I hold close to my heart. Mink Stole (Cry-Baby) must smell a great movie from a mile away. The casting was great. Cathy Moriarty was so funny as the spokesperson for the kind of "normalcy" preached in the 1950's. RuPaul was hilarious as the reformed closet homosexual, Julie Delpy (Before Sunrise) proves again to be the mysterious and beautiful European type character. Lastly, but most importantly, Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall. These two women, who are spectacular actors in themselves, had strong and intense chemistry. Their portrayals of Megan and Graham were up to perfection and I truly believed in their characters, in short, they just really got me.

This movie is perfect for anyone who wants to see two people, who were meant for each other, overcoming obstacles to be together. And their obstacles were hilarious. I almost died during the "sexual simulation"

"You know who you are and you know who you want. Aint nothin' gonna change that, s***!" Everyone should have a friend like Andre.


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