This is my very first post here at Much Ado About Cinema, and because I’m a fine upstanding member of the community, I thought I’d use this opportunity to highlight some true saviours of the film industry – the handful of lesbian movies that actually provide us with light-hearted relief. As many social media posts of late have picked up on, sapphic films are often incredibly serious and/or depressing, regardless of their artistic merit. As the following five movies prove, however, not all is lost for us; gay women can indeed hold their own when it comes to awful chick flicks.
But I’m A Cheerleader (2000)
As one of the more well-known entries on this list due to its status as a cult classic, “But I’m A Cheerleader” follows the story of a high school cheerleader, Megan, who is sent to a residential camp to be cured of her rampant lesbianism – hence the name. It’s a crude, tongue-in-cheek comedy that wasn’t exactly well received by critics at the time of release, but the film takes its difficult and serious topic to a farcical level, allowing a fair amount of laughs at the ridiculousness of the assumptions people make about sexuality, whilst incorporating a cutesy gay love story to boot. Starring a young Natasha Lyonne, who later went on to become lesbian royalty as Nicky Nichols in “Orange is the New Black”, and the always appreciated Clea DuVall, there’s a lot here for fans of lesbian culture to enjoy.