Picks and Pans Review: But I'm a Cheerleader

updated 07/17/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/17/2000 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, RuPaul Charles

Everyone thinks high school student Megan (Lyonne) is gay. "But I'm a cheerleader!" she keeps insisting, as if membership on the squad provided an iron-clad alibi. This bouncy satire chronicles Megan's slow coming to terms with her true nature after she is packed off by her parents to a prisonlike coed camp dedicated to turning teen sissies into he-men and girls like Megan into perfect housewives. But I'm a Cheerleader often leans too hard on stereotypes in reaching for its laughs, but Lyonne and DuVall, who plays the tomboy Lyonne falls for, give nervy, on-target performances. (R)

Bottom Line: Good team effort

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