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But I'm a Cheerleader promises to be pure candy for the independent film lover. This John Waters influenced off-the-wall comedy brilliantly blends humor with romance as a young girl finds the courage to be herself. Directed by Jamie Babbit (it's her first feature debut - also exciting), written by screenwriter Brian Wayne Peterson (also his debut), shot with a budget of only one million dollars, this film is a breath of fresh air amid summer stinkers like Battlefield Earth and mega-action blockbuster Mission Impossible 2.

The supporting cast is also terrific. Actress Clea DuVall (Graham) has worked with Babbit in previous short films. RuPaul, the superstar "out" drag queen, works in the gay rehabilitation camp - an ironic fact not to be missed. Plus, look for Bud Court, infamous for his role in cult classic Harold and Maude, Cathy Moriarty, and Michelle Williams.

Babbit on Lyonne
When filmmaker Jamie Babbit first met Lyonne through mutual friend Duvall, she knew she wanted her in this film. "One of the reasons I knew she would be great for the film is that there are so few girls that are her age that are comedians," says Babbit.

But I'm a Cheerleader is the lesbian version of Little Darlings, another summer camp film. Teenage stars Kristy MacNichol and Tatom O'Neal make a bet to see who will lose their virginity first. In Babbit's film, Natasha Lyonne also goes to camp, but she doesn't have sex with the guys....

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Cast: Natasha Lyonne, RuPaul, Clea DuVall, Bud Cort, Cathy Moriarty
Director: Jamie Babbit
Distributor: Fine Line Features
Genre: Drama, Comedy

pictures courtesty of Kushner-Locke films

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