Not every queer person has gone to conversion therapy, but I'd guess most of us have doubted our feelings and our identities. What could have easily been a more serious But I'm a Cheerleader instead finds its own purpose, its own humor, and ultimately exists as a still relevant portrayal of the gaslighting we continue to face for just being ourselves.
Given the subject matter, the pockets of humor are surprising and plentiful. The entire ensemble performs the material nicely, however the protagonist ultimately registers as a bit of cipher, especially in contrast to the more flavorful and raw supporting characters. I wish there was more rage, more passion, more verve.
Feels wildly relevant and enjoyable at once. Even when it feels as if it’s ticking boxes, there’s a subtlety and warmth that makes it something excellent. I’ve also never been more convinced by Moretz and I’ll probably watch anything with Sasha Lane in it. And what a soundtrack!
A film about teenagers without the sentimentalism that can be attached to the genre. A film about LGBT youngsters without the usual cliches. A great cast, particularly for the supporting characters (Sasha Lane and Forrest Goodluck bring a layered and colourful support to Chloë Grace Moretz). I would have loved if their stories had been given more time and development.