YMMV / But I'm a Cheerleader

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Jan has loads of this. Is she, in fact, a straight butch girl as she tearfully claims? Is she (or rather, he if this is the case) actually a transgender boy who has been mistaken for a lesbian girl - and if so, what's his sexuality? Or is she a lesbian who is just desperately saying whatever she thinks will get her out of True Directions quickest, as many poor youths in such camps will do? There's evidence to suggest any one of these possibilities is the case, and it's largely left up to the viewer to decide what they think is the truth.
  • Cult Classic: Made next to no money at the box office, but remains popular among LGBT viewers.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Seeing Megan suddenly realising she’s gay and receiving warnings about the dangers of the ‘homosexual lifestyle’ is particularly hilarious for anyone who’s watched her actress in Orange Is the New Black.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Not so much the movie itself, but for any viewer who was unaware beforehand of the existence of conversion therapy, the realization that places like True Directions actually exist can definitely be this. Even more so when you learn how these camps used to be (and in some cases, still are).
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: The movie is cute and funny, but places like True Directions actually exist, and they are anything but cute and funny.