Parents' Guide to

But I'm a Cheerleader

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

'90s satire has strong language, underage drinking.

Movie R 1999 85 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 14+

High camp at its best!

Yes on so many levels! RuPaul's performance is definitely the stand out!! The material, the tone and the aesthetics of this film lends to the fantastical, funny and satirical edge the film excellently portrays. Lyonne and DuVall know what type of film they are in and the supporting cast is up to the task. From Moriarty to Stole to Moll everyone is on the same page to uplift queer stories. High camp at its best!
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+
My mother and I watched this movie to see what it was about. However we did not like the results of the film. I found this movie to be extremely offensive especially if I’m a lesbian. I know it was suppose to be satire but it went too far.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11):
Kids say (49):

But I'm a Cheerleader is a satire, and as such, is over-the-top. Girls aren't just girls -- they wear pink and live in sickeningly-pink bedrooms. Boys aren't just boys -- they all should learn how to fix cars and play sports. And they definitely shouldn't be gay. But behind all the camp, this is a love story between two girls. It's the classic girl meets girl, girl loses girl, girl tries to get girl back.

But the obvious creepiness of True Directions gets tiring. Director Jamie Babbitt doesn't trust you to understand their icky tactics. Instead, she has Mary "planting" plastic flowers and everyone wearing ridiculously gender-specific colors (pink and blue, natch). In the end, if you can get past the preaching and the campiness, what you have is a love story and a lesson for teens about being true to who you really are -- no matter how strong the pressure is to be otherwise.

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