I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story (2018)

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From The Beatles, to the Backstreet Boys, to Take That, and One Direction, I USED TO BE NORMAL: A BOYBAND FANGIRL STORY will take you back to the fun, fantasy and feelings of your teenage years. Filmed over four years, and spanning three generations, this intimate coming of age story follows a diverse group of women who have had their lives dramatically changed by their boyband obsessions. These four women must navigate the challenges of relationships, family, sexuality, and faith, while constantly grappling with all the problems and contradictions that are part of being in love with a boyband.

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They've been dismissed and patronised, but Beatlemaniacs, Directioners and other fangirls are very self-aware about their boy band "affliction."

Dec 3, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 21, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 17, 2018 | Rating: 15/20 | Full Review…

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.

Nov 13, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

I Used To Be Normal is a rousing and heartwarming account of the universal need to connect with something larger than ourselves.

Sep 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a lovely work that wears its heart firmly on its sleeve, but also a fascinating bit of musical and cultural scholarship.

Aug 28, 2018 | Full Review…

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