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But I'm a Cheerleader Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 0

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Poisonously smug, one-joke indie comedy.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Certainly no comedic masterpiece, but it does offer a few fine moments of biting satire.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Not a great, breakout comedy, but more the kind of movie that might eventually become a regular on the midnight cult circuit.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Gay love satire for mature older teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that But I'm a Cheerleader depicts teenage gays and lesbians in their first sexual experiences. There's kissing and making out by boys with boys and girls with girls. There's also implied masturbation and one sex scene (handled discretely -- you don't see anything). Teens go to a gay bar called the "C--ksucker." Parents reject their children for their sexual orientation and the teens must find a place to live when they fail to become straight. There's also some cursing, smoking, and drinking.

  • Families can talk about their feelings about homosexuality and efforts to change gay kids' sexual orientation. What do you think about homophobia and discrimination faced by gay and lesbian teens? How have cultural opinions toward gay people changed over time?
  • Talk about gender roles and stereotypes. Teens: Do you feel the pressure to conform to specific gender standards?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Messages of tolerance and acceptance run throughout, though these messages are communicated through satire. Pokes fun at anti-gay reform groups.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Exaggerated gender stereotypes are part of the movie's comedy and satire. The central characters are generally positive, even if they break rules and misbehave.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: The teens participate in an anti-gay rally. Graham throws a bottle at one boy.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Gay sexual relationships, including kissing, making out, and one sex scene where nothing much is visible.

  • language false4

    Language: Characters curse frequently.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Megan's love interest is always smoking and the whole group sneaks out, gets fake IDs, and drinks at a bar.