Director: Jamie Babbit
Stars: Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Michelle Williams, Brandt Wille
Not all queer films are super serious meditations on self-discovery. Take But I'm a Cheerleader, for example. It's got the look and feel of Aqua's "Barbie Girl" video with a satirical take on conversion therapy camps meant to "cure" homosexuality. Before dominating in Orange Is the New Black, the always fun to watch Natasha Lyonne plays a popular cheerleader whose parents are convinced she's gay, and thus send her to True Directions, a rehab center to straighten her out, so to speak. It has the opposite effect.
While the film's been criticized for playing up stereotypes, it's a campy yet fun watch and a big "fuck you" to heteronormativity. —TA