But I'm a Cheerleader

Movie review by Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

'90s satire has strong language, underage drinking.

R 1999 85 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 47 reviews

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Community 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.

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