Thursday, June 23, 2011

But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)

"One, two, three, four, 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 I adore. 5,6,7,8 - don't run from me cause this is fate!"

Natasha Lyonne plays Megan, a cheerleader whose family and friends hold an intervention for her...because they think she's a lesbian. She's promptly shipped off to rehab of sorts, to turn her straight if it kills her! She meets a whole range of colorful characters, including the goth Sinead, sexy Graham, counselor Mike (who's "reformed" but soooo not fooling anyone) (played by Rupaul!!!) (!!!) and crazy Mary Brown, who runs the rehab.

This movie is colorful, campy, and hilarious. The camp is ridiculous, everything is pink and blue and "perfect" and they make them simulate heterosexual sex while wearing these nude bodysuits with leaves over their naughty's too much! Clea Duvall as Graham is wonderful, as is just about everybody else in the cast (including Bud Cort and Mink Stole as Megan's parents). Ultimately the movie delivers a really heartwarming message: We are who we are, and there's nothing wrong with that. It just delivers it in a very funny package.

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