Quick-Thoughts: But I’m a Cheerleader (1999)

But I’m a Cheerleader has some of the driest humor that ever was; it became the equivalent of endlessly pouring sand down my throat, yet I laughed SO HARD throughout this entire movie. It’s an utterly shameless mockery of what the stereotypical Catholic/Christian perspective is of gays and lesbians—being that of an offensive and naive nature—and how their moral hypocrisy in promoting heterosexuality keeps sexism fluent. 

It’s a pity that this R-rated feature-length of satirical gold is partnered with a one-note kid movie’s plot. It’s as babyish as turning points and resolutions can possibly come—mawkish to the brim and void of anything remotely fertile. The movie also contradicts itself at times, injecting derivative sexuality traits into some of the characters that those of who they’re parodying (stereotypical religious folks) would likely deduce. But then again, there are so many savagely derogatory moments that made me burst out dying a LOT. It’s definitely one of those movies where I’ll constantly revisit clips from it—like seriously, I’m going to be quoting the s*** out of this film—but never, at least, plan on seeing it for second rounds.

The candyland Tim Burton aesthetic should be considered a bonus, right? 

Verdict: C+ 

“But I’m a Cheerleader” is now available to stream on Tubi, Vudu, Amazon Prime, iTunes, YouTube, and The Criterion Channel. 

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