Like most queer individuals who went to highschool in the early 2000s, I lived for the lesbian romance of However I’m A Cheerleader and combed by way of different women-led motion pictures like Charlie’s Angels and Josie and the Pussycats for queer subtext. And but someway, I missed out fully on a lesbian spy comedy known as DEBS, written and directed by Angela Robinson (The L Phrase, True Blood).
Please don’t take away my gay card in case you are studying this and also you grew up watching DEBS again and again. I missed out, OK?? Pity me, however don’t choose me. And for the remainder of you who by no means managed to witness Jordana Brewster’s hilarious efficiency as the lesbian supervillainess Lucy Diamond, strap in and prepare to hear about your future favourite movie.
The movie’s premise relies on a deliciously 2000s-era city legend that standardized assessments in America embrace secret screening questions for teenagers who’d be fitted to a profession in espionage. In the world of DEBS, that city legend is actuality, and nobody has ever examined greater on the benchmarks than our heroine Amy (Sara Foster). For no matter cause, Amy simply appears to have an actual aptitude for pretending to be any person she’s not. Seems, that’s as a result of she’s to this point in the closet that even she doesn’t know she’s a lesbian. Mendacity to your self is the most superior type of mendacity that you could probably do!
Similar to the heroine of However I’m A Cheerleader, Amy has a pushy boyfriend and a bizarre fascination with a bad-girl brunette (the aforementioned Lucy Diamond), however it’s all set in a slapstick spycraft world harking back to the Charlie’s Angels motion pictures (albeit with a decrease finances — it’s indie queer cinema, so after all we forgive). Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) can also be in DEBS, enjoying Lucy Diamond’s cohort, who’s a complete weirdo harking back to no matter Alan Cumming was doing in Josie and the Pussycats. All of it looks like a movie that teenage-me, a queer child who adored screwball comedies, was meant to watch a billion occasions.
I’ve to make up for misplaced time as an grownup, and also you would possibly, too. Sadly, it isn’t streaming wherever, however don’t let that cease you. I now own DEBS on DVD, however you can too lease it on Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play, Apple TV, or Vudu.