History Film / ButImACheerleader

21st Oct '15 4:57:54 PM 69BookWorM69
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* CondescendingCompassion: This idea underlies film's setup, starting with the intervention confrontation at the start of the film. Megan comes home from school to be confronted by her parents, her boyfriend, some of her female friends and Mike, a self-described ex-gay staffer from True Directions. On her arrival at True Directions, Megan is put through an intense session led by camp director Mary, who strives to break down Megan's insistence that she isn't actually a lesbian and her presence there is a mistake. Megan is actually reduced to tears by the end of the session. It becomes clear that Mary thinks True Directions' program is attempting "theraputic" intervention.
13th Oct '15 6:31:14 AM Morgenthaler
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22nd May '15 4:46:45 PM WeirdKev27
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: When Graham's father uses the f-slur to refer to Andre, Mary is quick to call him out.
12th May '15 1:15:16 PM Tianzi
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* TheCheerleader: [[AvertedTrope Averted]].

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* TheCheerleader: [[AvertedTrope Averted]].[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]]. You can guess from the title.



* HenpeckedHusband: Megan's dad used to be unemployed for a time and his wife supported the family them. Mary is quick to jump at this example of 'abnormality' and elaborate it into an absurd story of 'dad losing his masculinity and Megan developing contempt for him and emulating The Mom Acting Like The Dad'. But it's subtly hinted this trope is in play nonetheless: Megan's mother is the leading force in the parent's front of expressing homophobia and threatening their daughter and in the last scene is the dad who is shown to be more open to accept Megan's homosexuality.



* MistakenForGay: [[spoiler:Jan is actually straight and likes boys, but due to her short hair and love of sports everyone incorrectly assumes she's gay due to old stereotypes about how only gay women like traditionally masculine activities. It's implied she's transgender]]

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* MistakenForGay: [[spoiler:Jan is actually straight and likes boys, but due to her short hair and love of sports everyone incorrectly assumes she's gay due to old stereotypes about how only gay women like traditionally masculine activities. ]]
* MrFanservice: The 'ex-gays' Mike and Rock are absolutely gorgeous, wear fanservice-y outfits (possibly to make them appealing to the girls) and seem to be attracted to each other. [[SarcasmMode
It's implied she's transgender]] an absolutely great idea to parade them in front of hormone-addled teenage boys whom you're trying to discourage from being gay.]]



** [[spoiler: It's implied that Jan is actually trans]]
16th Mar '15 12:11:32 PM TheUnsquished
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Not to be confused with ''ButImACatPerson''.

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Not to be confused with ''ButImACatPerson''.''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson''.
15th Mar '15 1:14:00 PM Anata
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* AloofDarkHairedGirl: At first, Graham seems to fit this trope to a T - a DeadpanSnarker, cynical brunette. As the plot and the character develops, Graham [[DefrostingIceQueen softens up.]]



* GayBar

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* GayBarWhereEverybodyKnowsYourFlame: The Cocksucker. The kids break out of True Directions to go dance there. [[spoiler: this is also where Megan and Graham have their first kiss.]]


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* PreppyName: Graham.
9th Oct '14 6:34:34 PM Tallens
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* StagingAnIntervention: Megan's family has an intervention to tell her that she's a lesbian and to send her off to anti-gay camp.
20th Jul '14 5:56:50 PM SomeSortOfTroper
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* InspirationNod: The whole film feels a lot like a John Waters movie, and indeed Mink Stole, a member of a group of stock actors Waters usually uses in his films, plays the main character's mother.



* ShoutOut: The whole film feels a lot like a John Waters movie, and indeed Mink Stole, a member of a group of stock actors Waters usually uses in his films, plays the main character's mother.
30th Apr '14 9:30:38 AM theek01
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* DeletedRole: The girl in the video described below got her own place in the casting clips at the end of the movie, but of course was cut from the main movie.
* DeletedScene: One of Megan watching a ScareEmStraight video of a girl tearfully reciting what lesbianism drove her to, and a shorter one of Megan playing the song she wrote for the others in front of a campfire.



* HeyItsThatVoice: For anyone who's familiar with [[DanteBasco Dante Basco's]] [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender voice acting]], seeing him make an appearance as a [[StraightGay gay teenage varsity wrestler]] is rather disconcerting. And funny.



* PlayingAgainstType:
** The world's most famous drag queen, [=RuPaul=], appears not only as a man, ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny but also as an ex-gay counselor]].''
** Richard Moll, who normally plays very scary dudes, is a gruff-but-lovable burly bear.
11th Apr '14 10:20:15 PM Arawn999
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* LoveTriangle: It's subtle, but present: Sinead has the hots for Graham and starts feeling her up at the gay bar, but Graham denies feeling that way about her and hooks up with Megan soon afterwards. Sinead spots them and becomes jealous and standoffish.
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