Today’s Movie Rec is BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER (1999).
Summary (from IMDb): “Megan is an all-American girl. She’s a cheerleader and has a boyfriend,
but she doesn’t like kissing him very much, and she’s pretty tactile
with her cheerleader friends, and she only has pictures of girls up in
her locker. Her parents and friends conclude that she *must* be gay and
send her off to “sexual redirection” school, full of admittedly
homosexual misfits, where she can learn how to be straight. Will Megan
be turned around to successful heterosexuality, or will she succumb to
her love for the beautiful Graham?”
BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER is a satirical comedy that explores genders and sexualities in terms of stereotypes. Here we have a young Christian girl who doesn’t know she’s a lesbian until she’s confronted to her sexuality. Her parents just suppose she might be a lesbian because of things they think “fit the description”. The conversion therapy camp forces girls and boys who attend to conform to one stereotypical vision of genders in order to cure them.
This movie is funny and cute, but don’t make the mistake of thinking it isn’t serious about these subjects.