Like most queer individuals who went to highschool within the early 2000s, I lived for the lesbian romance of However I’m A Cheerleader and combed by way of different women-led films like Charlie’s Angels and Josie and the Pussycats for queer subtext. And but in some way, I missed out fully on a lesbian spy comedy referred to as DEBS, written and directed by Angela Robinson (The L Phrase, True Blood).
Please don’t take away my homosexual card if you’re studying this and also you grew up watching DEBS time and again. I missed out, OK?? Pity me, however don’t decide me. And for the remainder of you who by no means managed to witness Jordana Brewster’s hilarious efficiency because the lesbian supervillainess Lucy Diamond, strap in and prepare to listen to about your future favourite movie.
The movie’s premise is predicated on a deliciously 2000s-era city legend that standardized assessments in America embrace secret screening questions for teenagers who’d be suited to a profession in espionage. On this planet of DEBS, that city legend is actuality, and nobody has ever examined larger 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 anyone she’s not. Seems, that’s as a result of she’s thus far within the closet that even she doesn’t know she’s a lesbian. Mendacity to your self is probably the most superior type of mendacity that you could presumably 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), but it surely’s all set in a slapstick spycraft world paying homage to the Charlie’s Angels films (albeit with a decrease finances — it’s indie queer cinema, so after all we forgive). Jimmi Simpson (Westworld) can be in DEBS, taking part in Lucy Diamond’s cohort, who’s a complete weirdo paying homage to no matter Alan Cumming was doing in Josie and the Pussycats. All of it appears like a film that teenage-me, a queer child who adored screwball comedies, was meant to look at a billion instances.
I’ve to make up for misplaced time as an grownup, and also you would possibly, too. Sadly, it isn’t streaming anyplace, however don’t let that cease you. I now personal DEBS on DVD, however you can even lease it on Prime Video, YouTube, Google Play, Apple TV, or Vudu.