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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.