But Im a Cheerleader

Movie • 1999 • Comedy  

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Megan is an all-American girl. A cheerleader. She has a boyfriend. But Megan doesn't like kissing her boyfriend very much. And she's pretty touchy with her cheerleader friends. Her conservative parents worry that she must be a lesbian and send her off to "sexual redirection" school, where she must, with other lesbians and gays learn how to be straight.
This movie contains 26 potentially triggering events.
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Does the dog die?
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Abandonment
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ambursugarman
Kind of, towards the tail end of the film some of the characters don’t say goodbye to their parents. Also, one of the main characters leaves without saying goodbye but returns.
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Lillithbaby
the main characters of the film have all been forcibly sent to a conversion therapy program by their parents.
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Is an animal abandoned?
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Abuse
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Parents sending their kids to conversion therapy camp / threatening not to let their children come home if they don’t complete the program.
The relationship between the leader of the camp and her (closeted?) gay son is emotionally and verbally abusive.
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Is someone stalked?
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Is there domestic violence?
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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TwoLesbiansInATrenchcoat
The plot revolves around conversion therapy which is inherently gaslighting.
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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Is a child abused?
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alba04
If conversion "therapy" counts as child abuse, which it should.
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Addiction
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friendlyneighborhoodtree
cigarette use, if that counts
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Is there addiction?
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Chel
There is underage drinking at a bar.
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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Does a horse die?
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Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
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Are animals abused?
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Is there a dead animal?
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Is an animal sad?
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Are rabbits harmed?
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Does a cat die?
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Does a pet die?
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Does a dragon die?
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Are there spiders?
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Are there alligators/crocodiles??
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Are there snakes?
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Are there sharks?
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Are there bugs?
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Assault
Does a woman get slapped?
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Is someone drugged?
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Is there pedophilia?
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Not technically, but the adult camp leader (a middle aged woman) sexualizes minors quite a bit.
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Is someone held under water?
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Is rape mentioned?
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ambursugarman
It’s mentioned one character is gay as a result of being molested
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Is someone beaten up by a bully?
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Is someone restrained?
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Hereticsys
Nothing is shown on screen but there is one scene where it is stated that a character was molested as a child and that it is the reason for her being gay. Was very triggering for me personally.
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Is someone's mouth covered?
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Bodily Harm
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leh
A character briefly has a waxing stripped pulled from their upper lip
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Are any hands damaged?
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Are there dislocations?
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Is there throat mutilation?
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
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Is there decapitation?
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Is there cannibalism?
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Is someone crushed to death?
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Is someone choked?
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Is someone burned alive?
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Is someone buried alive?
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Is there body horror?
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Is there amputation?
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Does a head get squashed?
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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Is there a hanging?
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Does someone asphyxiate?
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Are any teeth damaged?
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Does someone become unconscious?
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Does someone break a bone?
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Does someone have a seizure?
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Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
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Is someone tortured?
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alba04
There is probably a good case for calling conversion "therapy" torture. Whithin the "therapy", there is no physical torture, though.
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Does someone fall down stairs?
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Does someone fall to their death?
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Is there eye mutilation?
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Is someone stabbed?
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Is there excessive gore?
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Children
Is an infant abducted?
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Does a kid die?
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iftheshoefitz
Most of the characters are supposed to be minors themselves (under 18), so there is some fantasy from the main characters about other characters (namely the main character and her cheerleader peers). There is no sexualization of minors from adults though.

Unless you count the sex simulation therapy. The counselors force the characters to dry hump on a bed to simulate penetration. This is done to "show the campers how to have straight sex," so there is some argument to be had about the sexualization of LGBTQ+ people (specifically these minors).
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Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
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Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
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Does a major character die?
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Does a non-human character die?
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Does someone die?
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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Family
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alba04
But most of the kids have been pressured into joining the camp where most of the action takes place.
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Does a parent die?
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Does someone cheat?
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
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Does a family member die?
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
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Is someone possessed?
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Are there ghosts?
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Are there clowns?
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Are there natural bodies of water?
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Is trypophobic content shown?
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Are there razors?
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Is there a shower scene?
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Are there mannequins?
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
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Does someone vomit?
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LexMusler
No, but a weirdly large amount of spit comes from Megan's mouth after she realizes she's a homosexual.
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Is someone eaten?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Does someone spit?
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glamrock
Not spit, but lots of drool.
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Is there audio gore?
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Is there farting?
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Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
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Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
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ambursugarman
The characters were sent to this camp by force. I don’t believe it counts as incarceration, but it is being trapped in a place I suppose.
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LGBTQ+
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There is a character who is heavily implied to be trans masc (although they don’t directly say it), who introduces themself by their birth name. Whether this was their choice isn’t clear but it could potentially be triggering.
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Are there transphobic slurs?
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Is an LGBT+ person outed?
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Is there bisexual cheating?
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Loss
Is a priceless artifact destroyed?
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Medical
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TwoLesbiansInATrenchcoat
A character uses an averse skin shock device on herself, however these scenes are played for kink.
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Are needles/syringes used?
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TwoLesbiansInATrenchcoat
The conversion therapy facility is similar to an institution, particularly in the group therapy scenes. However it does not employ physical restraints, padded rooms, or forced medication, and residents are able to sneak out fairly easily.
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Is there a hospital scene?
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Is there menstruation?
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Does someone have cancer?
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Mental Health
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Although they probably will later in life after going to this conversion therapy camp 🥲
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Does someone have a mental illness?
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DerangedButFun
Sinead shocks herself with a stun gun for sexual pleasure.
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Is autism misrepresented?
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
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Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
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Is reality unstable or unhinged?
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Does someone have a meltdown?
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Is there misophonia?
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Is there ABA therapy?
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Conversion therapy and ABA therapy have been noted to have similarities, so some of the methods may be triggering for some.
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Is there body dysphoria?
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Is there body dysmorphia?
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EternalSummer
Literal Gay Panic
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ErikGroen
One of the characters is locked in a literal person-sided doghouse for violating house rules.
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Brief and flippant mention of “bulimic cheerleaders” but quickly followed by an apology.
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Is there autism specific abuse?
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Noxious
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Are there underwater scenes?
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Does a baby cry?
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Is there shakey cam?
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Is there screaming?
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Is there obscene language/gestures?
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Are there flashing lights or images?
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Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
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Is the fourth wall broken?
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Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
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Is there childbirth?
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Are there abortions?
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Are there babies or unborn children?
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Does someone miscarry?
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Does a pregnant person die?
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Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
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spencerinjection
One character is in conversion “therapy” for lesbianism, but they are very insistent that they actually do like men. The character is very masculine and can be interpreted as a gay trans man. This character is subjected to the same strict female gender role as the other characters in “therapy” for lesbianism.
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Does the black guy die first?
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The F slur and Homo is used in a derogatory way
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rebeccabunch
not quite sure why people are voting no... there is a tokenized jewish character who's identity is the butt of the joke in several movie scenes including his introduction and later on in a parent conference another parent makes an antisemitic remark towards him. this movie is satirical and mocking how other movies portray jews.
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Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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Is there hate speech?
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SethTwiright
several slurs are written and/or said in the movie, such as f@ggot, s1ssy, qu33r, and dyk3, as well as the word "fruit" being used derogatorily.
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Gay and lesbian stereotypes abound, but they are somewhat tame compared to other 90s/early y2k movies.
The main character is a femme lesbian, which was not a common “gay” stereotype back then (hence the movie title); however, she is sent to conversion camp due to little “gay” things like being vegetarian and hanging Melissa Ethridge posters.
One of the gay boys displays some stereotypical gay behaviors (wearing a boa, dancing, using “gay coded” language) but he is a super likable character and the portrayal isn’t disrespectful.
I think the most harmful misrepresentation is that all the kids are forced to come up with their “root” - ie, what “made” them gay. It ranges from serious things like abuse and family dynamics to things like sharing locker rooms with other boys in sports.
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Does an LGBT person die?
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Are there n-words?
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Is there aphobia?
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Race
Is there blackface?
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Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
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Religious
Is religion discussed?
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Are there demons or Hell?
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Sex
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DerangedButFun
People are shown in simulated sex and masturbation.
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People gawk over a man
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iftheshoefitz
There is the simulated sex scene that dresses the characters up in white body suits with leaves on their private areas. Besides that, there is no actual nudity in this movie. Just sometimes a focus on boobs and butts as the main character is fantasizing about women.
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Is there bestiality?
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Is there BDSM?
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ambursugarman
Not quite BDSM, but one character shocks herself for pleasure.
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bitter
Main girl is implied to
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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Sexism
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iftheshoefitz
While I don't remember any boy or man ridiculed for crying, there is the enforcement of gender/sex stereotypes (women cleaning, men being tough). It's all played as a joke by the movie since this is a satire.
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Sickness
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Does someone have a chronic illness?
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Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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Is someone terminally ill?
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Social
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friendlyneighborhoodtree
no, but a character is told by their parents that if they admitted to being gay they would not be welcome back at their home. they do not end up homeless at any point
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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Are there fat suits?
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Is existentialism debated?
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Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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Very short scene of main character’s parents attending a meeting
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Does it have a sad ending?
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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Does a plane crash?
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Is someone hit by a car?
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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Is there blood/gore?
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Does someone drown?
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Is there gun violence?
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