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 transgendered boy who has been mistaken for a lesbian girl - and if so, is he straight or gay? 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.
  • Clueless Aesop: While the film obviously had good intentions, critics from both LGBT and mainstream media have noted that it was too stereotypical. The boys running in particular is ridiculous; no-one runs like that, especially not if they’re running for their lives to avoid a hatchet falling on them.
  • Cult Classic: Made next to no money at the box office, but remains popular among LGBT viewers.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight/Retroactive Recognition: 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 Orange Is the New Black.
  • Ho Yay
  • 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Megan didn't break up with her boyfriend neither before the camp, nor meanwhile through phone or a message. She even mentioned having a boyfriend during their group therapy. Was he waiting for her during the camp? Was she practically cheating on him with Graham?


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