But I'm a Cheerleader ★★★★½

I always forget how brutal the parents are, especially Graham's. This film tackles conversion therapy with humor, but it doesn't pretend it's fun, cute, or innocuous. It is a satire of how queer and straight people are seen by straight people, skewering stereotypes by leaning into them and dragging the straight patriarchal obsession with queer sex lives to an extreme (and not entirely fictional) conclusion. It mocks with a distorted view of reality, taking its bright colors and silly jokes not to sugar coat the reality but to emphasize the cruel absurdity of it. And holy fuck, is it funny.

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