But I'm a Cheerleader

1999 R 1h 23m DVD

But I'm a Cheerleader

1999 R 1h 23m DVD
  • Overview
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A "normal" teen cheerleader dating the football captain draws suspicion from parents and friends who think she's gay. Shipped off to a camp designed to shove her back in the closet, she meets a tomboy who helps her recognize her sexual orientation.
Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, RuPaul, Bud Cort, Michelle Williams, Melanie Lynskey, Mink Stole, Cathy Moriarty, Robert Pine
Jamie Babbit
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

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


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


Characters curse frequently.

Social Behavior

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


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

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

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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