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.


Critic Reviews for I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story

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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.

Feb 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Doesn't judge or dismiss or play up stereotypes, because everyone is a fangirl (or boy) for something, including the director herself.

Jan 27, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Jan 17, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 23, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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…

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