BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER presented by CLITERION COLLECTION
Director: Jamie Babbit Run Time: 85 min. Release Year: 2000
Starring: Cathy Moriarty, Clea DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, RuPaul
One of the definitive queer classics of the late nineties, this cult favorite balances hilariously campy satire with sweet romantic comedy. Natasha Lyonne stars as Megan Bloomfield, a bubbly, all-American high school cheerleader who fantasizes about her fellow squad mates but doesn’t believe she could possibly be a lesbian. When her parents stage an intervention and send her to True Directions, a conversion therapy camp run by the terrifying Mary Brown (Cathy Moriarty), Megan paradoxically discovers her true self. Employing deliberately kitschy production design influenced by John Waters, director Jamie Babbit crafts a subversive send-up of traditional gender stereotypes that, while largely overlooked on its release, now seems positively ahead of its time
CLITERION COLLECTION: A new film series centering dÿke and trans representation in cinema. Selections by resident they/thems Lu & Mary.