• Thing About Harry (The)
  • Make Up
  • Viaje de Mona Lisa (El)
  • 4 Cuerpos
  • Forbidden Fashion (The)
  • Transgender Nation
  • Everybody's Everything
  • Blind Spot
  • James Vs. His Future Self
  • Our Ladies
  • Lazy Susan
  • Like A Boss
  • Paris Calligrammes
  • Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway
  • Margin of Error
  • Let There Be Light
  • Berlin Alexanderplatz
  • Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn
  • Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan
  • True History of the Kelly Gang
  • Perfectly Normal Family (A)
  • Gutterbee
  • Are We Lost Forever
  • My Father Mary Anne
  • Visible: Out on Television
  • Jeune Juliette
  • Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story
  • Queen & Slim
  • Acrobat (The)
  • Get Lucky
  • Dream House
  • Yo, teenager
  • 15 Years
  • Young Hunter
  • Elder One (The)
  • Glass Room (The)
  • Fuertes (Los)
  • Spiral
  • Glittering Misfits
  • Billie

I Used to Be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl Story

Country: Australia | USA , Language: English, 93 mins

  • Director: Jessica Leski

CGiii Comment

Definitely a film for a niche market...mainly, boy-besotted, screaming girls [and women]! Their parents should be worried!

It's a little difficult to take any of this seriously...especially when Dara explains that it was her love for Gary Barlow [and Take That] that helped her identify as a lesbian! Quite possibly...the worst 'compliment' Gary Barlow has ever received! But...when Dara - in all seriousness - analyzes what-makes-a-boy-band work/function/succeed and all becomes head-scratching nonsense.

Jessica Leski [may have] missed a great opportunity...investigating 'boy-band fan fiction' - there are just too many talking heads talking about [unobtainable] boys...whereas fan fiction is a peculiar and [often] startling modern practice...where amateur 'writers' took the likes of Harry Potter on extended, imaginative [and often pornographic] adventures...young girls are [now] incorporating their lives into those of their idols...with just as much startling pornography!

Is it entertaining? Yes...if you are an ardent disciple of the boy-band cult. Is it enlightening? Yes...worryingly so, this level of [continued] obsession cannot be healthy.

Unlike most of the girls will need fantastic bladder control to see this through to the end!


The(ir) Blurb...

'I Used to be Normal - A Boyband Fangirl Story' is the surprising coming of age story of four diverse women who have had their lives dramatically changed by their love of a boyband - Backstreet Boys, One Direction, Take That and The Beatles.