But I'm a Cheerleader film still. And in the decades following, the film -- which stars Natasha Lyonne and Clea DuVall -- has become a cult favourite. In reality, gay conversion therapy is a gravely serious matter. Meanwhile, Jamie Babbit and screenwriter Brian Wayne Peterson encourage us to laugh in the face of cruelty. Some reviewers felt that the film relied heavily on stereotypes -- missing the fact that it was really a film about breaking them down. Jamie Babbit relished the response.
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Enter your email address to follow Vague Visages and receive notifications of new posts by email. Email Address. Follow Vague Visages. The Criterion Collection has a bit of a genre problem. She gets nothing out of being with her boyfriend, the attractive footballer Jared. In a nice turn of irony, she begins to feel comfortable identifying herself as such and falls in love with Graham Clea DuVall , who is more comfortable with her sexuality but only there at the behest of her parents lest she be disowned. Much of this has less to do with the direction and more with the wit of its screenplay.
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In an interview with Stacie Stukin in the Advocate , director Jamie Babbit reveals the autobiographical elements of the character:. Babbit, who grew up in Ohio, says her image of lesbians never transcended athletic, butch dykes who excel at softball. Of the inevitable and sometimes unfavorable comparisons to Waters, Babbit has this to say:. I also wanted straightforward emotional scenes.
But I'm A Cheerleader , however, did not initially receive much love from the gay community nor the mainstream press. Cheerleader was also available to rent at The Pride Connection, a lost but not forgotten gay gift shop with a video section, in my surprisingly gay-friendly hometown of Rochester, NY. From the get-go, her performance entices the audience to stand in her corner as she goes from innocent high school cheerleader to budding young lesbian.