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A 1999 comedy lampooning the idea of [[CureYourGays homosexual reform camps]] with the story of Megan, a God-fearing cheerleader who has never paid her homosexual tendencies any thought until being sent to the True Directions camp. While there, she admits the homosexuality that [[TransparentCloset everyone but her had apparently seen]], and falls in love with another of the True Directions members, Graham.

The film carved out an unusual niche for itself as what many have identified as a LighterAndSofter version of a Creator/JohnWaters film, combining high camp, dark political comedy and good-natured romanticism under one improbably broad yet [[PinkGirlBlueBoy tantalizingly candy-colored]] roof.

Not to be confused with ''ButImACatPerson''.
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!!Contains examples of:

* AbusiveParents: Graham's are the emotionally abusive, neglectful type. They're also economically abusive in threatening to cut her off unless she becomes straight.
* AffablyEvil: Mary Brown.
* AluminumChristmasTrees: The film exaggerates somewhat the tactics used by True Directions, but some viewers may be shocked at how similar they are to actual conversion therapy programs--mostly in the use of aversion therapy (like electroshock) and trying to make LGBT people act in more gender conforming ways
* ButchLesbian: [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] quite brilliantly.]]
* CampGay: Andre. Although almost every single gay male is some amount of camp, except Larry, one of the 'ex-ex-gay' characters. Arguably the point is to demonstrate just how worthless the camp is. [[RuleOfFunny Also because it's funny.]]
* CampStraight: [[spoiler:Jan]] was just assumed to be lesbian because she has such a strong [[ButchLesbian butch]] appearance, but she actually likes boys. She leaves the camp when she discovers this.
** ComingStraightStory
* CastFullOfGay
* TheCheerleader: [[AvertedTrope Averted]].
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment:
-->'''Mike:''' Boys! I ever catch you looking at a man again, you'll be watching sports all weekend!
* CureYourGays. The plot of the film, in fact. [[spoiler:[[ForegoneConclusion It doesn't succeed.]]]]
* TheCutie: Megan.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Megan is explicitly shown doing this, with [[SexyDiscretionShot her hand just out of frame]]. It can be inferred that Sinead does this too, but differently (the campers are given small tazers that emit small shocks, and you're supposed to shock yourself if you ever have 'impure thoughts.' When Sinead introduced herself, she said she liked pain, and she shocks herself on purpose.)
* DeadpanSnarker: Graham.
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Dolph's pajamas are a sight to behold.
* FallingInLoveMontage
* FeminineWomenCanCook: In the video Megan watches on arriving at True Directions, the girl is described as 'rediscovering her femininity' over a shot of her cooking.
* FemaleGaze: The opening sequence, and then the shots interspersed in the scene of Megan kissing her boyfriend, are basically one long series of this from her perspective. Of course, since the female in question is a lesbian, the shots are of scantily-clad cheerleaders with [[{{Gainaxing}} bouncing breasts]] and copious [[PantyShot Panty Shots]].
* GayBar
* GilliganCut: This -
-->'''Megan:''' There is no ''way'' I'm going.
-->''Cut to shot of Megan in a moving car.''
* GirlsWithMoustaches: Jan has a moustache.
* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Played with. Mary is actually perfectly okay with the students having sex! ...as long as it's heterosexual sex in which the man is dominant and the woman is submissive and there's no foreplay and...
* {{Goth}}: Sinead.
* GrammarNazi: Mary
-->'''Andre:''' Shit, Miss Mary, I ain't the only one who don't got no root.
-->'''Mary:''' Andre, we don't use profanity or double negatives here at True Directions.
* GreenEyedEpiphany: Megan getting angry over Graham dancing with Sinead is the impetus for them both admitting they have feelings for each other.
* GreenEyedMonster: It's implied that Sinead has a thing for Graham and is jealous of Megan.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Megan. Beautiful, young, sheltered Christian who is determined to see the good in everyone.
* HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday: Of course.
-->'''Graham:''' You're really manly.
-->'''Joel:''' Thanks.
-->'''Graham:''' I like that. Manly is good.
-->'''Joel:''' I feel like the aggressor.
* HeteronormativeCrusader: Mary.
* HomoeroticDream
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: Mike occasionally causes this in the boys.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Megan and a few of the others. Averted by Graham.
* IKEAErotica
-->'''Mary:''' "When it's time for lovemaking, Dan kisses Sue, and touches her breast. Women often find this sensation pleasurable."
** "Foreplay is for sissies! Real men go in, unload, and pull out!"
* TheIngenue: Megan, although it's implied that her pureness stems from her lack of attraction to guys and repression of her attraction to girls - while she stays wonderfully kind and optimistic throughout the movie, she becomes a ''lot'' less 'pure' in the traditional sense as her relationship with Graham develops.
* InnocentInnuendo / DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: While teaching the girls how to clean, Mary guides Jan in thrusting a vacuum cleaner forwards and backwards while repeating 'in and out and in and out'. She doesn't notice anything unusual about the movement but the other girls sure do. Similarly, Mike works on a car with [[ShesGotLegs legs]] and crotch on full display, also repeating 'in and out'...and then asks the boys [[ThatCameOutWrong "Who wants to go down with me?"]] Almost all raise their hands.
* 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.
* [[IntentionallyAwkwardTitle Intentionally Awkward Name]]: The gay bar 'Cocksucker'. It's quite amusing to watch the more straight-laced characters trying to force themselves to say it.
* InternalizedCategorism: Most of the gay characters fall into this at least at some point, but Mike in particular counts, having embraced his status as an 'ex-gay' enough to be working at a camp for turning people straight.
* InterruptedIntimacy: Graham's parents found out that she was gay when they walked in on her with her friend. Also, at one point when Megan leaves the bedroom to masturbate after a dream about Graham, she happens upon two of the guys making out.
* {{Irony}}: If Megan's parents hadn't sent her to the camp, she likely would've gotten married to a man and had children, either never realising her lesbianism due to the justifications she already had in place or eventually realising it but deciding to continue presenting as heterosexual; most likely, she'd have been miserable. Because they wanted that life for her, they sent her there, and instead, she thankfully emerged as a happy woman who embraced her lesbianism and who would hopefully have a truly fulfilling life.
** Also, the one thing that Megan cites as being evidence above all that she's a 'normal' girl, her being a cheerleader, actually forms the main outlet of her latent attraction to girls.
* LesbianJock: Jan plays softball. [[spoiler:Though in a subversion, she's actually straight.]]
* LipstickLesbian: Megan. In the credits they actually have Julie Delpie listed as "Lipstick Lesbian" (the girl at the gay bar.)
* 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.
* MaleGaze: Mike visibly ogling Rocky in his power vest and tight short shorts.
* ManlyGay: Rock veers between this and CampGay.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: When pressed to find a 'root' for her homosexuality, Megan hesitantly wonders whether the period where her mother was working and her father took care of the house confused her ideas about the proper roles of men and women. It didn't last very long, though, and her parents are otherwise traditional - Mary still leaped on the idea, though.
* {{Meganekko}}: MelanieLynskey as Hilary.
* MenAreUncultured: Boys are discouraged to drink decently and care about the woman's pleasure during intercourse.
* 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]]
* NoBisexuals
* OfCorsetsSexy: The girls wear purples while they give each other make-overs.
* OneHeadTaller: Larry and Lloyd.
* PinkGirlBlueBoy: Taken to hilarious extremes, as basically everything is that color for the boys and girls. This includes painting the windows of a car blue.
* ThePollyanna: Megan.
* PurpleProse: Mary directing the simulated sexual lifestyle:
-->'''Mary:''' He wants to love you, the way God intended, to be inside you, his love muscle ''thrusting''...
-->''Graham and Rock break apart, [[{{Squick}} disgusted]]''
* OnlySaneMan: Graham is the most aware of how stupid the camp is.
* QueerRomance
* RapeAndSwitch: Discussed, but averted - the True Directions staff believe that being molested would cause a girl to turn into a lesbian, [[spoiler:but the girl in question is actually straight.]]
* RefugeInAudacity: The film takes ex-gay camps and makes them look as [[TastesLikeDiabetes fluffy and inane as possible]] while playing up every gay stereotype in American culture to ensure that viewers get the message.
* RuleOfRomantic: The lighting during Megan and Graham's love scene makes...well, pretty much no sense whatsoever, but ''damn'' if it isn't very, very pretty.
* SarcasmBlind: When Megan tries to come up with a cheer celebrating straightness.
-->'''Megan:''' Two, four, sex, eight, God is good-
-->'''[[DeadpanSnarker Graham]]:''' God is straight!
-->'''Megan:''' ...hey, that's good.
* SchoolgirlLesbians
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Lloyd and Larry appear like this, but [[HiddenDepths deep down Larry is just as sensitive as Lloyd.]]
* ShutUpKiss: Megan and Graham's first kiss.
* SituationalSexuality: Hilary cites attendance at an [[OneGenderSchool all girls boarding school]] as causing her lesbianism and Dolph claims that he turned gay from too many locker-room showers. Of course, it's made clear these explanations make no sense.
* SourPrudes: Graham sees Megan as this initially, but the truth is a lot more complicated.
* SmokingIsCool: Graham smokes as part of her BadGirl image.
* StagingAnIntervention: Megan's family has an intervention to tell her that she's a lesbian and to send her off to anti-gay camp.
* StrawmanPolitical: The ex-gay counselors.
* StraightGay: Larry, although his brief fight with his boyfriend had him acting less than manly. Otherwise, he almost looks like a survivalist. Dolph is a smaller example of one, being a varsity wrestler.
* TeachersPet: Although the movie isn't set at school, Hilary fits the personality type and seems to act as one towards the counsellors.
* ThatCameOutWrong: Near the end of the movie, Joel tries to comfort Andre by telling him he's awesome, but his compliments turn homoerotic pretty quickly.
-->'''Joel:''' You're nice, and clean, and smart, and sexy and firm and luscious and-
-->'''Andre:''' Excuse me. The ''last'' thing I need right now is some fruit who's just proved he's straight telling my ass how sexy I am!
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Graham and Megan.
* TomboyishName: Graham.
* TooKinkyToTorture: The girls are given tasers that give small electric shocks, and are supposed to use to zap themselves whenever they have "impure" thoughts. But as Sinead likes pain, so she uses it for [[ADateWithRosiePalms something else]].
* TransEqualsGay: A big misconception of True Directions, to the point where the 'ungaying' process looks more an attempt to make all of the characters live up to their traditional gender roles more than anything else. This is especially mystifying for [[LipstickLesbian Megan]], who is femme but gay [[spoiler:and Jan, who is butch but straight.]]
** [[spoiler: It's implied that Jan is actually trans]]
* TransparentCloset: Megan is the most prominent. Notably, ''every'' character at the camp [[spoiler: except for Jan]] is written to be in one [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped to leave no doubt that the camp is not working]].
* TrialBalloonQuestion
* TroubledSympatheticBigot: Megan's dad seems to genuinely have her best interests at heart and at times seriously questions whether he's doing the right thing by forcing her to repress her sexuality. He seems to be falling prey to bigotry in the middle of the movie when [[spoiler:he agrees with his wife that Megan cannot return home unless she becomes straight, but at the very end of the movie there is a brief shot of the two of them at a meeting for parents of LGBT children, indicating they ''are'' trying.]]
* VisualInnuendo: Rock walking out onto the grounds with a broom handle in between his legs, [[SomethingElseAlsoRises rubbing it up and down...]]
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Mike. It's especially noticeable in a scene where he is working under a car with only his legs and crotch visible. [[DistractedByTheSexy As a result, the boys he's working with learn absolutely nothing.]]
** Rock also wears cut-offs, and Andre wears short shorts at the Cocksucker.
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