But I'm a Cheerleader
1999, Comedy/Gay and lesbian, 1h 21m86 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings
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Too broad to make any real statements, But I'm a Cheerleader isn't as sharp as it should be, but a charming cast and surprisingly emotional center may bring enough pep for viewers looking for a light social satire. Read critic reviews
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Critic Reviews for But I'm a Cheerleader
But I'm a Cheerleader is a smug little comedy that tries to mock other people's self-righteousness while ignoring its own.
I would have preferred to know more in documentary terms about the actual reality of these terrible camps, rather than sit through this heavy-handed and oddly lenient comedy.
First-time feature director Jamie Babbit's pink-drenched comedy is amusing and good-natured, but necessarily thin.March 31, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Lyonne blends hyperbole and sincerity in perfect proportions.
But I'm a Cheerleader fizzles out of fresh ideas early on.March 31, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
As it happens, I couldn't agree more with the point of view of But I'm a Cheerleader, but I couldn't like the movie less.March 27, 2019 | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for But I'm a Cheerleader
Aug 22, 2015funny satire that has grown into a very cult movie thanks to a very topical subject. great messages and characters are quirky and fun, nice twist to the normal romantic comediesBrendan N Super Reviewer
Jul 26, 2015Even as an exaggeration, with its overuse of pink/green and showing the rehab camp people as caricatures, this smart satire is actually sadder than funny when you realize it is not so far from reality, especially when you see that idiots like that really exist trying to cure gays.Carlos M Super Reviewer
Dec 07, 2011A lesbian cheerleader goes to a faith-based camp to "reform" homosexuality. When Ted Haggard claimed that he could essentially "pray the gay away," I thought that not only was it one of the most ridiculous things I had ever heard but that it would also work as fantastic fodder for satire. <i>But I'm a Cheerleader</i> should be that satire. It isn't. It ultimately fails because it reduces its homosexual characters to stereotypes that we've seen many times before, and the "villains," the evangelists who attempt to guide the main characters away from their tendencies, are reduced to hypocrites rather than earnest people committed to a social/cultural mission. Thus, every character becomes a type rather than a person, and the situations are so contrived and over-the-top that it becomes difficult to understand if the film takes its own subject matter seriously. Overall, I like the idea for this film, but the execution was sorely lacking.Jim H Super Reviewer
Nov 01, 2011This movie had potential, but stereotypical characters and a flat storyline stifle its development.Matt P Super Reviewer
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