but i m a cheerleader megan and graham

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One of the most memorable elements of this film is its cast. I mean, you literally cast RuPaul as a reformed ex-gay a decade beforeDrag Race. Let’s talk about that.

Everyone was cast because I was personally in love with them. I loved RuPaul. I had never seen Ru out of drag because, at the time, she was a famous pop star who was only famous in drag. But he came into the casting office as the Ru that we all know now, and he was just such a smart, fun human being who was excited to tell this story. And we, as the elder statesmen, were excited to be able to have all these young queer actors. It was sort of like summer camp, in a weird way. Ru was one of the camp counselors and I was like the TA, or something.

When you first had a cut of the film appraised, it was slapped with an NC-17 rating and you had to make cuts so that it could get an R rating instead. Did you include any of those cut scenes in this director's cut?

When the Ratings Board gave it an NC-17, I was so furious that I demanded to speak to the woman [in charge]. I asked her, “Why? It's a G movie. I made a Clueless-type movie for kids.” And she said, "Look, one of the main reasons we gave you an NC-17 is because, in the sex scene, it's so dark that we can tell you made it dark because really terrible things are happening." And I said, "That's not true at all." And she said, "If you want to get an R rating, you need to lighten up the sex scene and show it to us so that we can really make sure there's no nudity in the darkness."

To get the R rating, the only thing I had to do was lighten the sex scene and cut one line where Melanie Lynskey says, “You went down on Graham” to Megan. But I didn’t put that line back into the director's cut — it’s still an homage to the bitch at the Ratings Board who made me cut it out. It actually makes me laugh every time, because when I had to take that line out, [it resulted in] a total mismatch. Melanie Lynskey has glasses on at first, and then I cut to Megan, and then I cut back to Melanie Lynskey and she doesn't have her glasses on. It's like the one really obvious continuity issue. And it's all because of that stupid NC-17 rating!

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This selfie of Natasha Lyonne and Clea Duvall is giving us an emotional "But I'm a Cheerleader" flashback

A normal picture says a thousand words. However, a selfie of Natasha Lyonne and Clea Duvall not only says a thousand words, it launches a thousand glorious emotional flashbacks to the cult-classic But I’m A Cheerleader and the steamy and angst-ridden romance between the two women in the film.

While many Instagram users might merely see the selfie as a nice picture of two successful actresses who’ve remained friends nearly 20 years since their breakout roles as campy and lovable LGBTQ heroines, I can’t help but see them as grown versions of Megan and Graham — slightly happier but still clinging to each other as refuge from the world’s barrage of religiously motivated bigots and parents who just don’t understand.

Credit: Giphy / Lionsgate

While they might not be IRL teen lovers, the two actresses have kept a spirit of friendship and collaborating over the years, and this past winter went to Sundance for the premiere of Intervention, where the friends publicly kissed and reunited their love.

Credit: Giphy / Lionsgate

Considering how well the women are doing in their respective careers, with Natasha Lyonne killing the game as the quick-witted Nicky in Orange is the New Black, and Clea Duvall being able to frame her own narrative as a gay woman in her role in Intervention, it’s even more fun to imagine the alternate reality where Megan and Graham formed a power couple that turned Hollywood on its head.

Credit: Giphy / Lionsgate

In this “What if?” fantasy, they would have inevitably transformed multiple houses into lavish smoking dens where they would lounge and write songs and screenplays while co-conspiring to stylishly dismantle homophobia and patriarchy.

Credit: Giphy / Lionsgate

While we sadly don’t live in that alternate world of But I’m a Cheerleader fan fiction, we at least live in a reality where the actresses are still killing the acting game and taking selfies to document their friendship and induce emotionally intense flashbacks. We are *SO* here for that.

Источник: https://hellogiggles.com/lifestyle/nostalgia/selfie-natasha-lyonne-clea-duvall-giving-us-emotional-im-cheerleader-flashback/

But I'm a Cheerleader

But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 romantic comedy film about a high-school cheerleader, Megan, who is sent to reparative therapy camp when her parents suspect that she is gay.

Directed by Jamie Babbit.

A Comedy Of Sexual Disorientation.

Quotes[edit]

  • Megan's Dad: Dear Lord, please bless this food that we are about to eat. We thank you for the abundance that You have provided. Please help us to follow Your path, the one you intended us all to follow. And Lord... please help us to obey the roles in life You set for us. For all that is natural and... healthy... and sacred, in Your name we pray. Amen.
  • Mike: I myself was once a gay. Now I'm an ex-gay, Megan. I work for a place called True Directions who help people, like yourself, to learn to understand the reasons behind homosexual tendencies, and how to heal them.
Megan: What tendencies? Why would you think I'm a...
Megan's Mom: You've been trying to make us eat this tofu.
Mike: In diet, watch for a switch to vegetarianism.
Kimberly: You don't have any pictures of guys in your locker, just these. [shows a photo of a girl in bikini]
Mike: Mm-hmm.
Megan's Dad: And these. [her parents show a Melissa Etheridge poster and a Georgia O'Keeffe inspired painting]
Mike: Sexual, even vaginal motifs in artwork and decorating. Gay iconography.
Jared: You don't even like to kiss me.
Her friends[all together]: It's true.
Megan: I can't believe this.
Mike: Denial is a normal part of the healing process that we'll explore at True Directions.
Megan: Healing?
Megan's Mom: Like rehab, honey. Homosexuals Anonymous.
Mary: Looks like we got you just in time. What are you? About 17?
Megan's Dad: Yes!
Mary: Almost lost her to college. It’s so much harder once they’ve been through all that liberal arts brainwashing, but we’ve saved a few.
  • Narrator of True Direction video: No one would have guessed what would happen to this sweet little girl. By a young age, Kelly had a promising future: mommy's little helper and prom queen. Kelly had hopes to be a model one day. That is... until she was recruited into the homosexual lifestyle.
  • True Direction's motto: Straight is great.

Step 1 - Admitting you're a homosexual
  • Hilary: There's no inappropriate behavior allowed.
Megan: Inappropriate...like swearing?
Graham: No, inappropriate like fucking.
  • Mary: Megan, meet the rest of our group.
Jan: Hi, Megan. I'm Jan, and I'm a softball player, and I'm a homosexual.
Sinead: I'm Sinead. I like pain. I'm homosexual.
Joel: I'm Joel. I'm a Jew. And I... ho-homosexual.
Graham: We met.
Mary: Graham.
Graham: I'm Graham, and I like girls, a lot. And I'm a homosexual.
Andre: Andre. Actor. Dancer. Homosexual.
Dolphe: Dolph. Homosexual. Varsity wrestler. How you doing?
Clayton: Hi. I'm Clayton Dunn. I work in retail, I'm a homosexual.
  • Hilary: Well, um... have you ever had sex with him?
Megan: I'm a Christian.
Hilary: It's really easy to be a prude when you're not attracted to him, isn't it?
  • Megan: I'm not perverted! I get good grades! I go to church! I'm a cheerleader! I'm not like all of you!
  • Jared: You don't even like to kiss me!
  • Megan: I'm a homosexual! I'm a homosexual! I'm a homosexual! I'm a homosexual! [...] Oh my god... they were right. I'm a homo. [cries]
  • Andre[talking about Graham]: She's just upset, because the fish on her plate is the only kind she can eat.
  • Mary: I have told you over and over again! No more sipping! Chug it, like a man! Go on, chug!
  • Graham: After advanced cal and Chaucer I can follow this psychobabble.
Mary: This psychobabble, young lady is the only healthy alternative to the gay lifestyle. Other than guzzling a bottle of tranquilizers or slashing your wrists.

Step 2 - Rediscovering your gender identity
  • Mary: I think it might be a great idea for Megan to be reminded of your root, Graham.
Graham: My mother got married in pants.
Mary: All right, let's see, Dolph?
Dolph: Too many locker room showers with the varsity team.
Mary: Hilary?
Hilary: All girl boarding school.
Mary: Sinead?
Sinead: I was born in France.
Mary: Clayton?
Clayton: My mom let me play in her pumps.
Jan: I like balls.
Mary: Why thank you for that, Jan.
Mary: Joel?
Joel: Traumatic bris.
  • Megan: Women have roles. After you learn that, you'll stop objectifying them.
  • Mike: Don't you see how sad and pathetic you all are, always wanting something... you can't have? If I catch you looking at another man like that ever again, you'll be watching sports the whole weekend!

Step 3 - Family therapy
  • Mary: Megan, it's your turn to report out your root.
Megan: I think it might be my parents.
Mary: Okay, go with that.
Megan: You know we've kinda been like this greeting card family. And then there was that one year where... well Dad was unemployed and Mom had to support us.
Megan's Dad: Wait a minute, that was only for nine months. And then I was offered a much better job at the plant.
Megan: Maybe seeing Mom kind of being the Dad, maybe l maybe I got the wrong idea about the roles of men and women.
Mary: Absolutely. I can't believe that you didn't mention this earlier. Your father was emasculated, your mother was domineering.
Megan: Well not exactly.
Mary: You wanted to emulate your mother. You have no respect for men, because you don't respect your father.
  • Megan: 2, 4, 6, 8, God is good--
Graham: God is straight!
Megan: Hey, that's good.
  • Megan: Cheers are supposed to be simple, make people feel good.
Graham: Cheers make girls do stupid cartwheels. Orgasms make people feel good.
  • Graham: I thought it was just an act, but you really are sweet as fucking pie, aren't you?
  • Graham: You are who you are. The only trick is not getting caught.
  • All[singing]: 5, 6, 7, 8, God is good, God is straight. 1, 2, 3, 4, inverts we will be no more. 5, 6, 7, 8, God is good, God is straight.
  • Graham: Would you tie her to your bed and zap her to death? Or are you running low on batteries?

Step 4 - Demystifying the opposite sex
  • Graham: Larry and Lloyd are ex, ex-gays.
Megan: From True Directions?
Lloyd: We were among Mary's ranks before we defected. We're just trying to provide you all with a balanced perspective, to see that there are options. In the end it's up to you whether choose to live a...
Larry: ...lie.
Lloyd: Whether you want to be who you are or keep it hidden, is really more what we're about.
Megan: So you run like, the underground homo railroad?
  • Megan: You didn't tell me you were taking me to a gay bar!
Graham: Where else would we go?
  • Megan: I refuse to accept a false solution to my problem. I resist temptation and seek to solve my problem.
  • Graham: I don't like Sinead that way.
Megan: Which way is that, clothed?
Mike: Not yet, honey. You're almost there. And don't speak out of turn.
Jan: No, I know, I've never been gay.
Mike: Jan remember, you were molested. And just take a look at yourself.
Jan: Everybody thinks I'm this big dyke because I wear baggy pants, and play softball, and I'm not as pretty as other girls, but that doesn't make me gay. I like guys. I can't help it. I want a big fat wiener up my...
Andre: Amen, sister.
  • Joel: No, I didn't go to the Cocksucker. I've never been to the Cocksucker. I won't. My cocksucking days are over. I am normal.
  • Sign: Silly faggot, dicks are for chicks.
  • All: Adam and Eve! Not Adam and Steve!
  • All: We are here! We're not queer! We're not going anywhere!
  • Joel[to Graham]: You are so goof at being straight.

The final test
  • Andre: I just wasn't meant to be butch. I'm a sissy. [cries]
  • Joel: You're more than just a sissy. You're nice, and clean, and smart...and sexy and firm and luscious and...
Andre: Excuse me! The last thing I need right now is some fruit who's just proved he's straight telling my ass how sexy I am! Congratulations, liars! You know who you are and you know who you want. Ain't nothing gonna change that, shit!
  • Mary[to Megan]: Get out of bed! You hormonal hussy! I can't believe you did this!
  • Mary[to Graham]: It's your choice; you can run off with Megan and turn into a raging bull-dyke, or you can do the simulation and graduate and lead a normal life.

Step 5 - simulated sexual lifestyle
  • Lloyd: I love my Larry bear!
  • Mary: Foreplay is for sissies! Real men go in, unload and pull out!

Graduation
  • Megan: 1, 2, 3, 4 - I won't take no anymore! 5, 6, 7, 8 - I want you to be my mate! 1, 2, 3 ,4 - You're the one that I adore! 5, 6, 7, 8 - Don't run from me cause this is fate!
  • Mary: Megan, you stop it, this instant! Because you will wallow in the smut of your homosexual depravity for the rest of your life!

Cast[edit]

External links[edit]

Источник: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/But_I%27m_a_Cheerleader

But I’m A Cheerleader (2000)

Directed by Jamie Babbit
Running time 1h 25m
Core concepts this week

romantic comedy

sexual orientation

gender identity

heteronormativity

conversion therapy

queer failure

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Film background

But I’m A Cheerleader was Jamie Babbit’s first feature film. The film largely received a poor critical reception from most mainstream media outlets, often because it was perceived as engaging only stereotypes. More recent critical appraisals have considered it more positively, noting its use of satire and camp to critique heteronormativity. LGBTQ media outlets such as AfterEllen and Autostraddle have consistently ranked it one of the best queer films of all time. Initially, the film received an NC-17 rating; Babbit removed some content to earn it a commercially viable “R” rating. Babbit was interviewed in Kirby Dick’s documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated (2000) and critiques the decision-making and demands of the MPAA, noting the sexism and homophobia implicit in much of their commentary.

Plot summary

As the film opens, 17-year old cheerleader Megan (Natasha Lyonne) is subjected to an intervention by her parents and friends, who are concerned that she may be a lesbian. She is sent to True Directions, a conversion therapy camp for teenagers, who are expected to complete a 5-step recovery program in order to rid themselves of homosexuality and reintegrate into society. The program is run by Mary (Cathy Moriarty) and Mike (RuPaul). Megan meets several other teens in the program, including Graham (Clea DuVall), who she befriends. Megan completes step 1 – admitting that she is a lesbian. Soon after her arrival, she discovers two male members of the program, Dolph (Dante Basco) and Clayton (Kip Pardue) making out and screams, leading to Mary waking up to discover them. Dolph is expelled from the camp and Clayton is punished. One night, several members of the True Directions program sneak out to a gay bar, led by former True Directions members Lloyd (Wesley Mann) and Larry (Richard Moll). While at the bar, Megan and Graham kiss, admitting their feelings for one another. Mary finds out about the trip, and requires the True Directions members to picket Lloyd and Larry’s house. One night, Graham and Megan sneak out of bed to have sex, and Mary discovers what they have done. Megan refuses to apologize for her actions and is expelled from the camp. Megan stays at True Directions, fearful of her father’s rejection. Megan joins Dolph, who is staying at Lloyd and Larry’s house, and the two find more acceptance. They hatch a plan to try to get Graham and Clayton back at the True Directions graduation ceremony. Dolph immediately succeeds at convincing Clayton to leave; however, when Megan confronts Graham, Graham is initially afraid to leave with her. Ultimately, Megan performs a cheer declaring her love for Graham in front of the group, and Graham relents. The four of them drive off together. In the closing credits, Megan’s parents are shown attending a PFLAG meeting, suggesting their step towards acceptance of Megan’s sexuality.

Content warnings

But I’m A Cheerleader contains two non-explicit sex scenes, brief underage drinking, and humor about sexuality throughout.

Notes

  • Because this is the first week of the course, Day 1 includes the introduction of some course systems and materials we will use throughout this course (student-led scene analysis model, film studies vocabulary, film screening notes). If you plan to rearrange the sequence of this course, you may want to move some of these introductory materials to whatever you choose to be the first week.
  • Throughout the course, secondary texts are listed alongside the day they are discussed in class. For example, the CBS Video on Conversion Therapy is listed as Day 2 because it is intended to be discussed that day. Students should watch this video prior to Day 2’s class.

Materials for this week

  • Lesson plans [Word doc]
  • Day 1: Screening quiz [Word doc]
  • Day 1: Student-led scene analysis description and model [Word doc]
  • Day 1: Film screening notes handout [Word doc]
  • Day 1: Film studies vocabulary handout [Word doc]
  • Secondary texts:
    • Day 2: Video: CBS - Conversion Therapy(Homework: Watch before Day 2 Class Content warning: contains descriptions of suicide attempts and abuse)
    • Day 2: Jeffers McDonald, Tamar. Romantic Comedy: Boy Meets Girl Meets Genre. London, Wallflower Press, 2007. [pdf] (Homework: Read before Day 2 Class. Excerpt included: Introduction and Appendix B)
    • Day 3: Video: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (Watch in class on Day 3)
    • Day 3: Video: The Problem with Heteronormativity (Watch in class on Day 3)
    • Day 3: Halberstam, Jack. The Queer Art of Failure. Durham, Duke UP, 2011. [pdf] (Excerpts: 2-3, 24-25, 87-89, 119-121)(Read before class on Day 3)

Additional optional resources:

As you introduce film studies to students, you may want to share with them the following two resources (or use them yourself throughout the course):


Источник: https://queercinema.net/modules/unit%201:%20comedy/cheerleader/

‘But I’m a Cheerleader’ Is a Modern Queer Masterpiece

One of the most sexually charged and hilarious make out scenes in film history has almost nothing to do with making out. Early on in director Jamie Babbit’s satirical romantic comedy But I’m a Cheerleader, the wide-eyed Megan (Natasha Lyonne) is pressured to make out with her boyfriend. There’s far too much tongue and so much spit you can feel the slobber through the screen. Only one thing that can make the wincing Megan plow through this ordeal: imagining the skin-tight sports bras and revealing bloomers of her fellow cheerleaders.

That’s the beauty of Babbit’s 1999 film. But I’m a Cheerleader is as innocently romantic as it is blatantly sexual. And twenty years after its release, there is still no other movie better at pointing out how stupid heteronormative gender and sexuality expectations are.

The entire premise of the bitingly funny film is one giant middle finger. On paper, Megan is a perfect teenager. She follows rules, seems to do well in school, is popular and respectful, and plays after-school sports. She just also happens to be a closeted lesbian.

BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER, Melanie Lynskey, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, Natasha Lyonne, 1999, (c)Lions

But I’m a Cheerleader’s funniest and saddest moments come from Megan’s cluelessness about her own sexuality. Though she has a boyfriend she tolerates, her parents suspect their daughter’s actual sexual preference, well before she does. As they send her away to True Directions, a too-bright and militaristic conversion camp, Megan seems more surprised and confused than upset. After all, she’s a “perfect” teenage girl. She’s a cheerleader. Why would anything about her defy the WASP-y, suburban cage her parents have built around her?

True Directions becomes a perverse blessing in disguise. As Megan is surrounded by more and more teenagers struggling with their sexual identities, she starts to find words to describe her lifelong attraction to women. She even gets a defiant edgy girlfriend in the form of Clea DuVall’s Graham.

Almost every detail of But I’m a Cheerleader, from its bright blue and pink backgrounds to its stilted performances, is jarringly on the nose. But that’s the point. When the film is most strictly following “traditional” gender and sexual expectations, it’s almost robotic — a reflection of how inhumane and ridiculous these societal pressures are. It’s only when Megan is alone with Graham or one of her other new LBGTQ+ friends that But I’m a Cheerleader gains emotional complexity. It’s when the movie moves away from its jail, that it becomes human again.

There are so many incredible films about lesbianism and feminism that beautifully illustrate love and the importance of self-acceptance. But very few have been able to capture that essence without also metaphorically screaming about the hypocrisies of heteronormativity. That’s the line Babbit’s movie walks, and Lyonne nails, in one of her earliest and best roles. And it may be two decades old, but the points the movie makes are still as relevant today.

Where to watch But I'm a Cheerleader

Источник: https://decider.com/2019/07/06/but-im-a-cheerleader-anniversary/

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movie description: Megan (Natasha Lyonne) considers herself a typical American girl. She excels in school and cheerleading, and she has a handsome football-playing boyfriend, even though she isn't that crazy about him. So she's stunned when her parents decide she's gay and send her to True Directions, a boot camp meant to alter her sexual orientation. While there, Megan meets a rebellious and unashamed teen lesbian, Graham (Clea DuVall). Though Megan still feels confused, she starts to have feelings for Graham.

where to watch: honestly just type in "but I'm a cheerleader free online/online free" and you'll get it eventually

MY OPINION: I really enjoyed the movie and it was the first lesbian movie that I actually liked a lot. it's one of my favorite lesbian movies and I recommend it 100%. also it's not only about being lesbian, it's also about other problems like boot camps and stuff like that. I loved it🥺

RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (9/10 stars, and idk what's up with this disgusting font rn🤢)

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Rolling Stone

But I'm a Cheerleader deserves credit for originality; it's a comedy about a gay-conversion camp. First-time feature director Jamie Babbit shows a flair for actors and visuals — the film is a nightmarishly comic explosion of pink — but she's stymied by Average american savings 2020 Wayne Peterson's skin-deep screenplay. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan, a high school cheerleader whose conservative parents ship her off to True Directions, a deprogramming camp run by the commandantish Mary (Cathy Moriarty). Megan insists she isn't a lesbian; then she meets Graham (Clea Duvall), and she's sure she is. To dodge an NC-17 and win an R rating, Babbit had to delete the line "You ate Graham out," along with a scene that showed Megan, fully clothed, masturbating. Such sexual hypocrisy, still how to load cash to my cash app card in America 2000, deserves the good skewering that this Cheerleader is, sadly, too limp to deliver.

Источник: https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-reviews/but-im-a-cheerleader-94737/

This selfie of Natasha Lyonne and Clea Duvall is giving us an emotional "But I'm a Cheerleader" flashback

A normal picture says a thousand words. However, a selfie of Natasha Lyonne and Clea Duvall not only says a thousand words, it launches a thousand glorious emotional flashbacks to the cult-classic But I’m A Cheerleader and the steamy and angst-ridden romance between the two women in the film.

While many Instagram users might merely see the selfie as a nice picture of two successful actresses who’ve remained friends nearly 20 years since their breakout roles as campy and lovable LGBTQ heroines, I can’t help but see them as grown versions of Megan and Graham — slightly happier but still clinging to each other as refuge from the world’s barrage of religiously motivated bigots and parents who just don’t understand.

Credit: Giphy / Lionsgate

While they might not be IRL teen lovers, the two actresses have kept a spirit of friendship and collaborating over the years, and this past winter went to Sundance for the premiere of Intervention, where the friends publicly kissed and reunited their love.

Credit: Giphy / Lionsgate

Considering how well the women are doing in their respective careers, with Natasha Lyonne killing the game as the quick-witted Nicky in Orange is the New Black, and Clea Duvall being able to frame her own narrative as a gay woman in her role in Intervention, it’s even more fun to imagine the alternate reality where Megan and Graham formed a power couple that turned Hollywood on its head.

Credit: Giphy / Lionsgate

In this “What if?” fantasy, they would have inevitably transformed multiple houses into lavish smoking dens where they would lounge and write songs and screenplays while co-conspiring to stylishly dismantle homophobia and patriarchy.

Credit: Giphy / Lionsgate

While we sadly don’t live in that alternate world of But I’m a Cheerleader fan fiction, we at least live in a reality where the actresses are still killing the acting game and taking selfies to document their friendship and induce emotionally intense flashbacks. We are *SO* here for that.

Источник: https://hellogiggles.com/lifestyle/nostalgia/selfie-natasha-lyonne-clea-duvall-giving-us-emotional-im-cheerleader-flashback/
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But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 American satirical romantic comedy film directed by Jamie Babbit and written by Brian Wayne Peterson. 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. The supporting cast includes Melanie Lynskey, Dante Basco, Eddie Cibrian, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, Katrina Phillips, RuPaul, Richard Moll, Mink Stole, Kip Pardue, Michelle Williams, and Bud Cort.

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. She used the story of a young woman finding her sexual identity to explore the social construction of gender roles and heteronormativity. The costume and set design of the film highlighted these themes using artificial textures in intense blues and pinks.

When it was initially rated as NC-17 by the MPAA, Babbit made cuts to allow it to be re-rated as R. When interviewed in the documentary film This Film Is Not Yet Rated Babbit criticized the MPAA for discriminating against films with gay content.

Many critics did not like the film, comparing it unfavorably with the films of John Waters and criticizing the colorful production design. Although the lead actors were praised for their performances, some of the characters were described as stereotypical.

Plot

Seventeen-year-old Megan Bloomfield (Natasha Lyonne) is a sunny high school senior who loves cheerleading and is dating a football player, Jared (Brandt Wille). She does not enjoy kissing Jared, however, and prefers looking at her fellow but i m a cheerleader megan and graham. Combined with Megan's interest in vegetarianism and Melissa Etheridge, her family and friends suspect that she is in fact a lesbian. With the help of ex-gay Mike (RuPaul), they surprise her with an intervention. Following this confrontation, Megan is sent to True Directions, a reparative therapy camp which uses a five-step program (similar to Alcoholics Anonymous' twelve-step program) to convert its campers to heterosexuality.

At True Directions, Megan meets the founder, strict disciplinarian Mary Brown (Cathy Moriarty), Mary's supposedly heterosexual son Rock (Eddie Cibrian), and a group of young people trying to "cure" themselves of their homosexuality. With the prompting of Mary and the other campers, Megan reluctantly agrees that she is a lesbian (step 1 of the five-step program). This fact, at odds with her traditional, religious upbringing, distresses her and she puts every effort into becoming heterosexual. Early on in her stay at True Directions, Megan discovers two of the boys, Dolph and Clayton (Dante Basco and Kip Pardue), making out. She panics and screams, leading to their discovery by Mike. Dolph is made to leave and Clayton is punished by being forced into isolation.

The True Directions program involves the campers admitting their homosexuality (step 1), rediscovering their gender identity by performing stereotypically gender-associated tasks (step 2), finding the root of their homosexuality through family therapy (step 3), demystifying the other sex (step 4), and simulating heterosexual intercourse (step 5). Over the course of the program, Megan becomes friends with another girl at the camp, Graham (Clea DuVall) who, though more comfortable being gay than Megan, was forced to the camp at the risk of otherwise being disowned by her family.

The True Directions kids are encouraged to rebel against Mary by two of her former students, ex-ex-gays Larry and Lloyd (Richard Moll and Wesley Mann), who take the campers to a local gay bar where Graham and Megan's relationship develops into a romance. When Mary discovers the trip, she makes them all picket Larry and Lloyd's house, carrying placards and shouting homophobic abuse. Megan and Graham sneak away one night to have sex and begin to fall in walmart money card customer service hours. When Mary finds out, Megan, now at ease with her sexual identity, is unrepentant. She is made to leave True Directions and, now homeless, goes to stay with Larry and Lloyd. Graham, afraid to defy her father, remains at the camp. Megan and Dolph, who is also living with Larry and Lloyd, plan to win back Graham and Clayton.

Megan and Dolph infiltrate the True Directions graduation ceremony where Dolph easily coaxes Clayton away. Megan entreats Graham to join them as well, but Graham nervously declines. Megan then performs a cheer for Graham and tells her that she loves her, finally winning Graham over. They drive off with Dolph and Clayton. The final scene of the film shows Megan's parents (Mink Stole and Bud Cort) attending a PFLAG meeting to come to terms with their daughter's homosexuality.

Characters

Источник: https://lgbt.fandom.com/wiki/But_I%27m_a_Cheerleader

But I'm a Cheerleader

But I'm a Cheerleader is a 1999 romantic comedy film about a high-school cheerleader, Megan, who is sent to reparative therapy camp when her parents suspect that she is gay.

Directed by Jamie Babbit.

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  • Megan's Dad: Dear Lord, please bless this food that we are about to eat. We thank you for the abundance that You have provided. Please help us to follow Your path, the one you intended us all to follow. And Lord. please help us to obey the roles in life You set for us. For all that is natural and. healthy. and sacred, in Your name we pray. Amen.
  • Mike: I myself was once a gay. Now I'm an ex-gay, Megan. I work for a place called True Directions who help people, like yourself, to learn to understand the reasons behind homosexual tendencies, and how to heal them.
Megan: What tendencies? Why would you think I'm a.
Megan's Mom: You've been trying to make us eat this tofu.
Mike: In diet, watch for a switch to vegetarianism.
Kimberly: You don't have any pictures of guys in your locker, just these. [shows a photo of a girl in bikini]
Mike: Mm-hmm.
Megan's Dad: And these. [her parents show a Melissa Etheridge poster and a Georgia O'Keeffe inspired painting]
Mike: Sexual, even vaginal motifs in artwork and decorating. Gay iconography.
Jared: You don't even like to kiss me.
Her friends[all together]: It's true.
Megan: I can't believe this.
Mike: Denial is a normal part of the healing process that we'll explore at True Directions.
Megan: Healing?
Megan's Mom: Like rehab, honey. Homosexuals Anonymous.
Mary: Looks like we got you just in time. What are you? About 17?
Megan's Dad: Yes!
Mary: Almost lost her to college. It’s so much harder once they’ve been through all that liberal arts brainwashing, but we’ve saved a few.
  • Narrator of True Direction video: No one would have guessed what would happen to this sweet little girl. By a young age, Kelly had a promising future: mommy's little helper and prom queen. Kelly had hopes to be a model one day. That is. until she was recruited into the homosexual lifestyle.
  • True Direction's motto: Straight is great.

Step 1 - Admitting you're a homosexual
  • Hilary: There's no inappropriate behavior allowed.
Megan: Inappropriate.like swearing?
Graham: No, inappropriate like fucking.
  • Mary: Megan, meet the rest of our group.
Jan: Hi, Megan. I'm Jan, and I'm a softball player, and I'm a homosexual.
Sinead: I'm Sinead. I like pain. I'm homosexual.
Joel: I'm Joel. I'm a Jew. And I. ho-homosexual.
Graham: We met.
Mary: Graham.
Graham: I'm Graham, and I like girls, a lot. And I'm a homosexual.
Andre: Andre. Actor. Dancer. Homosexual.
Dolphe: Dolph. Homosexual. Varsity wrestler. How you doing?
Clayton: Hi. I'm Clayton Dunn. I work in retail, I'm a homosexual.
  • Hilary: Well, um. have you ever had sex with him?
Megan: I'm a Christian.
Hilary: It's really easy to be a prude when you're not attracted to him, isn't it?
  • Megan: I'm not perverted! I get good grades! I go to church! I'm a cheerleader! I'm not like all of you!
  • Jared: You don't even like to kiss me!
  • Megan: I'm a homosexual! I'm a homosexual! I'm a homosexual! I'm a homosexual! [.] Oh my god. they were right. I'm a homo. [cries]
  • Andre[talking about Graham]: She's just upset, because the fish on her plate is the only kind she can eat.
  • Mary: I have told you over and over again! No more sipping! Chug it, like a man! Go on, chug!
  • Graham: After advanced cal and Chaucer I can follow this psychobabble.
Mary: This psychobabble, young lady is the only healthy alternative to the gay lifestyle. Other than guzzling a bottle of tranquilizers or slashing your wrists.

Step 2 - Rediscovering your gender identity
  • Mary: I think it might be a great idea for Megan to be reminded of your root, Graham.
Graham: My mother got married in pants.
Mary: All right, let's see, Dolph?
Dolph: Too many locker room showers with the varsity team.
Mary: Hilary?
Hilary: All girl boarding school.
Mary: Sinead?
Sinead: I was born in France.
Mary: Clayton?
Clayton: My mom let me play in her pumps.
Jan: I like balls.
Mary: Why thank you for that, Jan.
Mary: Joel?
Joel: Traumatic bris.
  • Megan: Women have roles. After you learn that, you'll stop objectifying them.
  • Mike: Don't you see how sad and pathetic you all are, always wanting something. you can't have? If I catch you looking at another man like that ever again, you'll is chime a bank account watching sports the whole weekend!

Step 3 - Family therapy
  • Mary: Megan, it's your turn to report out your root.
Megan: I think it might be my parents.
Mary: Okay, go with that.
Megan: You know we've kinda been like this greeting card family. And then there was that one year where. well Dad was unemployed and Mom had to support us.
Megan's Dad: Wait a minute, that was only for nine months. And then I was offered a much better job at the plant.
Megan: Maybe seeing Mom kind of being the Dad, maybe l maybe I got the wrong idea about the roles of men and women.
Mary: Absolutely. I can't believe that you didn't mention this earlier. Your father was emasculated, your mother was domineering.
Megan: Well not exactly.
Mary: You wanted to emulate your mother. You have no respect for men, because you don't respect your father.
  • Megan: 2, 4, 6, 8, God is good--
Graham: God is straight!
Megan: Hey, that's good.
  • Megan: Cheers are supposed to be simple, make people feel good.
Graham: Cheers make girls do stupid cartwheels. Orgasms make people feel good.
  • Graham: I but i m a cheerleader megan and graham it was just an act, but you really are sweet as fucking pie, aren't you?
  • Graham: You are who you are. The only trick is not getting caught.
  • All[singing]: 5, 6, 7, 8, God is good, God is straight. 1, 2, 3, 4, inverts we will be no more. 5, 6, 7, 8, God is good, God is straight.
  • Graham: Would you tie her to your bed and zap her to death? Or are you running low on batteries?

Step 4 - Demystifying the opposite sex
Megan: From True Directions?
Lloyd: We were among Mary's ranks before we defected. We're just trying to provide you all with a balanced perspective, to see that there are options. In the end it's up to you whether choose to live a.
Larry: .lie.
Lloyd: Whether you want to be who you are or keep it hidden, is really more what we're about.
Megan: So you run like, the underground homo railroad?
  • Megan: You didn't tell me you were taking me to a gay bar!
Graham: Where else would we go?
  • Megan: I refuse to accept a false solution to my problem. I resist temptation and seek to uibs my problem.
  • Graham: I don't like Sinead that way.
Megan: Which way is that, clothed?
Mike: Not yet, honey. You're almost there. And don't speak out of turn.
Jan: No, I know, I've never been gay.
Mike: Jan remember, you were molested. And just take a look at yourself.
Jan: Everybody thinks I'm this big dyke because I wear baggy pants, and play softball, and I'm not as pretty as other girls, but that doesn't make me gay. I like guys. I can't help it. I want a big fat wiener up my.
Andre: Amen, sister.
  • Joel: No, I didn't go to the But i m a cheerleader megan and graham. I've never been to the Cocksucker. I won't. My cocksucking days are over. I am normal.
  • Sign: Silly faggot, dicks are for chicks.
  • All: Adam and Eve! Not Adam and Steve!
  • All: We are here! We're not queer! We're not going anywhere!
  • Joel[to Graham]: You are so goof at being straight.

The final test
  • Andre: I just wasn't meant to be butch. I'm a sissy. [cries]
  • Joel: You're more than just a sissy. You're nice, and clean, and smart.and sexy and firm and luscious and.
Andre: Excuse me! The last thing I need right now is some fruit who's just proved he's straight telling my ass how sexy I am! Congratulations, liars! You know who you are and you know who you want. Ain't but i m a cheerleader megan and graham gonna change but i m a cheerleader megan and graham, shit!
  • Mary[to Megan]: Get out of bed! You hormonal hussy! I can't believe you did this!
  • Mary[to Graham]: It's your choice; you can run off with Megan and turn into a raging bull-dyke, or you can do the simulation and graduate and lead a normal life.

Step 5 - simulated sexual lifestyle
  • Lloyd: I love my Larry bear!
  • Mary: Foreplay is for sissies! Real men go in, unload and pull out!

Graduation
  • Megan: 1, 2, 3, 4 - I won't take no anymore! 5, 6, 7, 8 - I want you to be my mate! 1, 2, 3 ,4 - You're the one that I adore! 5, 6, 7, 8 - Don't run from me cause this is fate!
  • Mary: Megan, you stop it, this instant! Because you will wallow in the smut of your homosexual depravity for the rest of your life!

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External links[edit]

Источник: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/But_I%27m_a_Cheerleader

But I’m A Cheerleader (2000)

Directed by Jamie Babbit
Running time 1h 25m
Core concepts this week

romantic comedy

sexual orientation

gender identity

heteronormativity

conversion therapy

queer failure

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Film background

But I’m A Cheerleader was Jamie Babbit’s first feature film. The film largely received a poor critical reception from most mainstream media outlets, often because it was perceived as engaging only stereotypes. More recent critical appraisals have considered it more positively, noting its use of first national bank auburn nebraska and camp to critique heteronormativity. LGBTQ media outlets such as AfterEllen and Autostraddle have consistently ranked it one of the best queer films of all time. Initially, the film received an NC-17 rating; Babbit removed some content to earn it a commercially viable “R” rating. Babbit was interviewed in Kirby Dick’s documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated (2000) and critiques the decision-making and demands of the MPAA, noting the sexism and homophobia implicit in much of their commentary.

Plot summary

As the film opens, 17-year old cheerleader Megan (Natasha Lyonne) is subjected to an intervention by her parents and friends, who are concerned that she may be a lesbian. She is sent to True Directions, a conversion therapy camp for teenagers, who are expected to complete a 5-step recovery program in order to rid themselves of homosexuality and reintegrate into society. The program is run by Mary (Cathy Moriarty) and Mike (RuPaul). Megan meets several other teens in the program, including Graham (Clea DuVall), who she befriends. Megan completes step 1 – admitting that she is a lesbian. Soon after her arrival, she discovers two male members of the program, Dolph (Dante Basco) and Clayton (Kip Pardue) making out and screams, leading to Mary waking up to discover them. Dolph is expelled from the camp and Clayton is punished. One night, several members of the True Directions program sneak out to a gay bar, led by former True Directions members Lloyd (Wesley Mann) and Larry (Richard Moll). While at the bar, Megan and Graham kiss, admitting their feelings for one another. Mary finds out about the trip, and requires the True Directions members to picket Lloyd and Larry’s house. One night, Graham and Megan sneak but i m a cheerleader megan and graham of bed to have sex, and Mary discovers what they have done. Megan refuses to apologize for her actions and is expelled from the camp. Megan stays at True Directions, fearful of her father’s rejection. Megan joins Dolph, who is staying at Lloyd and Larry’s house, and the two find more acceptance. They hatch a plan to try to get Graham and Clayton back at the True Directions graduation ceremony. Dolph immediately succeeds at convincing Clayton to leave; however, when Megan confronts Graham, Graham is initially afraid to leave with her. Ultimately, Megan performs a cheer declaring her love for Graham in front of the group, and Graham relents. The four of them drive off together. In the closing credits, Megan’s parents are shown attending a PFLAG meeting, suggesting their step towards acceptance of Megan’s sexuality.