Revisiting a cult classic: “But I’m a Cheerleader”

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One of the nice things about blogging for the Buffalo News is having the opportunity to write about some neglected gems set to screen in Buffalo. Case in point: “But I’m a Cheerleader.” Here is a recent piece.

Long before Natasha Lyonne appeared on Netflix’s ultra-popular “Orange Is the New Black,” the actress gave the best performance of her career in 1999’s underrated “But I’m a Cheerleader.” Funny, satirical and featuring a wild cast in supporting roles — RuPaul, Mink Stole, Bud Cort — director Jamie Babbit’s film screens at Hallwalls at 7:30 p.m. July 11 as part of its “Reel Party: A Queer Film Party for Anyone Who Likes Film and Fun” series.

The story of a high schooler whose parents send her to a conversion therapy camp to “cure” her lesbianism, “But I’m a Cheerleader” was greeted with mostly negative reviews upon release. But in the years since, the film has deservedly achieved cult status. And even the late-’90s haters admitted that Lyonne and costar Clea DuVall gave note-perfect performances.

See www.hallwalls.org for more information on the screening, and the series.