“I Killed the Teen Dream”:Movie Recommendations

but i'm a cheerleader

by Dana

But I’m A Cheerleader

But I’m A Cheerleader is a 1999 film directed by Jamie Babbit. The film follows Megan a cheerleader (Natasha Lyonne) who’s friends and family suspect is a lesbian and send her to True Directions a “treatment center”.While at the centre she befriends a girl who is THE misfit in a group of misfits named Graham (Clea DuVall). While at the centre the girls spend their time learning house cleaning, how to care for children as well as how to apply makeup etc. while the boys are taught to chop wood, fix cars, and play football.

The movie has been called a comedy of sexual disorientation. Its really refreshing compared to most angst filled coming out films. The movie is also has a great colour scheme and is lovely to look at. When Babbit and her girlfriend came up with the idea they made the main character a cheerleader because a cheerleader is “…the pinnacle of the American dream, and the American dream of femininity.” The movie has an amazing set design that are able to portray the stereotypes of gender and sexuality. The film is also able to make the gay characters seem real and believable. The film features a great cast including Rue Paul who plays an “ex-gay” who teaches the male campers at the centre.

If you enjoy this movie you might also like: Welcome to the Dollhouse, Jawbreaker, Slums of Beverly Hills, and The Doom Generation


Doom Generation

The Doom Generation follows a pair of troubled teens and a 21-year-old drifter. It follows the trio through a psychotic America and unique motel rooms. It follows young couple Amy (Rose McGowan) and Jordan (James Duval) who find themselves in trouble in a quickiemart when Xavier Red or “X” (Johnathon Schanech) comes to their aid and joins them on their violence filled journey.

The film was directed, produced and written by Gregg Araki (also known for Mysterious Skin). It is the second part of Gregg’s Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy; the other two parts are Totally F***ed Up and Nowhere. Being the first time one of Araki’s films dealt with a heterosexual relationship, in the opening titles you will see it billed as, “ A Heterosexual Movie by Gregg Araki”. This movie is gory but yet artistic. It may not appeal to everyone but none the less it is a great film. It has great characters and I always loved the character X because he somehow managed to be the pairs nemesis, companion, lover and protector all at once. Ricky da Conceição said it was the best of Greggs trilogy and praised the film on set design, lighting, score and actress Rose McGowan, who as he wrote, “steals the show as the foul mouthed, morally aimless femme fatale on crystal meth and Diet Coke.”

*Just a warning the movie is quite violent and includes an excessive amount of cursing.


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