dir Jamie Babbit • scr Brian Wayne Peterson
with Natasha Lyonne, Clea DuVall, Cathy Moriarty, RuPaul Charles, Eddie Cibrian, Dante Basco, Brandt Willie, Bud Cort, Mink Stole, Julie Delpy, Melanie Lynskey, Richard Moll
Review by Rich Cline
As the film lampoons self-help systems, aversion therapy, gender identity and the causes of homosexuality, it also touches some honest nerves involving self-image and parental expectations. And all of the characters transcend their comic surfaces to become people we can root for in various ways, right up to the Graduate-like finale. Moriarty is especially funny as the frustrated, short-tempered housemother. And the tentative romance between the squeaky-clean Megan and the surly Graham (DuVall) is surprisingly touching. But this is a satire, and as such it's terrifically well made from garish sets and deadpan performances to the hilarious song score and layered script--all of which transcend the low budget to actually reach out and grab us. It succeeds brilliantly at its main goal: to make us laugh. And along the way we're surprised by the thoughtful issues gurgling under the surface.
[adult themes, language] 3.Apr.00
US release 7.Jul.00; UK release 9.Mar.01
"It is definitely one of my top ten movies for all time. I think it was actually the one movie that really shoved me 'out of the closet', so to speak. It is great on so many levels and I just wanted to respond to the reader review by Madeline. I also cried during the movie. I thought I was dumb for crying, but at the end when Megan did her cheer for Graham, I lost it. Everytime I watch it now I almost cry. That is my favorite part of the whole movie! Well, I just wanted to share that and I know this was probably written like a year ago, but the song that is playing when Graham and Megan have their love scene is called Glass Vase Cello Case and is by a little folk duo called Tattle Tale. I don't know where their CDs are available. I've been looking everywhere, but I downloaded a lot of their songs off of Napster and they are awesome." --Cameran, net 15.Oct.01
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