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An engrossing and wonderful documentary that proves that while the boy-band genre is a mans world, it ain't nothing without a woman or a girl.
Doesn't judge or dismiss or play up stereotypes, because everyone is a fangirl (or boy) for something, including the director herself.
A joyous, heartwarming and illuminating documentary thanks to director Jessica Leski's non-judgmental and passionate approach to the subject about the positive reinforcement of fandom.
What to make of a film like I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story? A documentary that doesn't appear to want to make fun of its subjects and yet is made in such a way that laughter from the audience is all but inevitable.
They've been dismissed and patronised, but Beatlemaniacs, Directioners and other fangirls are very self-aware about their boy band "affliction."
I Used to Be Normal is undeniably delightful, a rare exercise in pop culture's most nostalgic impulses that does not attempt to sell us back what we once adored.
Entertaining and insightful, this is a must-see for anyone with an interest in celebrity and the subtle (and not so subtle) workings of fandom.
It becomes gently clear that for each woman, boy-band love has been painful and sustaining. No one else understands the purity of it, the acute longing or the singularity each girl feels.
I Used To Be Normal is a rousing and heartwarming account of the universal need to connect with something larger than ourselves.
It's a lovely work that wears its heart firmly on its sleeve, but also a fascinating bit of musical and cultural scholarship.
If you're looking for a deeper analysis of obsession, you've come to the wrong place. If you're looking for an affirmation that liking what you like is totally fine, then this is the movie for you.
The women each watch their favourite music video and narrate their highlights, offering a particularly open and sincere look at lifelong obsessions - and giving the feature the earnest touch that serves it so well.
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