Quiz: Which Early ’00s Movie Made You Gay?

It’s true that many of us became gay from watching gay movies, but it is also true that many of us became gay from watching movies that were ostensibly not gay, but felt gay in such a way that they, in turn, made us gay. This phenomenon was especially present in the 90s, as covered in Which ’90s Movie Made You Gay?, but anthropologists agreed that it continued, in limited amounts, through the early 2000s. Which brings us to this very important quiz:

Which Early 2000s Movie Made You Gay?

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  1. Hahah! In 2002, aged 17, I watched “Chicago” twice in the movie theatre because I thought Velma (played by Catherine Zeta-Jones) was sooo pretty. (I also saw “40 Days and 40 Nights twice that year in cinema because I thought Erica/Shannyn Sossamon was extremely pretty, even though the movie was terrible.) And now, 21 years later, I find out that “Chicago” made me gaayyyyy! How fitting!

    I had no idea I was gay back then, and no one else did, even though I had more obvious material in my room than Megan did in “But I’m a Cheerleader.” When I saw that intervention scene aged 26, I thought: “They could have done that with my room, too!” But everyone in my life back then was wayyyy too heteronormative to even consider this a possibility. I’m glad I figured it out though!

  2. I was definitely trying to get Blue Crush and hah, I did!

    I already knew I was queer in the 2000s but watching Michelle Rodriguez and Kate Bosworth in board shorts and bikini tops definitely confirmed it.

  3. I got Chicago, but the real answer is Charlie’s Angels. I rewatched it last year and, hoo boy. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize until years later, when I watched But I’m a Cheerleader, somewhat ironically with my high school boyfriend. (did he know before I did?? hah)

  4. Thirteen has burned itself into my brain. I was so young when it came out that I didn’t even fully comprehend what it was about and it left a big impression. I was fascinated, it awakened something in me that I did not know how to place, and I kind of buried this movie and its effects in my subconscious until very recently where I saw something about it and it was like…wow. This is such a gay movie, no wonder it did what it did.

  5. Assuming that the last question is the full extent of the options, then the actual correct answer is “none of the above, as I have yet to see any of them, also I identified as asexual until the late 2000s anyway” but what I did get was “Mona Lisa Smile”, for whatever that means.

    My actual movie influences probably were “Aimee & Jaguar”, “Better Than Chocolate”, “But I’m a Cheerleader”, and “Fucking Åmål”, all of which are late 1990s movies, but I didn’t actually see them until about a decade after they came out.

  6. I got ghost world which I’ve never actually seen but it has Scarlett Johansson so it can’t be that wrong.

    The real answer is of course the tATu video clip for All the things she said. Schoolgirl outfits in the rain? That awakened something in 14 yo me.

    (PS: as someone who is extremely bad at faces, is it possible to add the names of actors to quizzes like this? I tend not to recognize them if they changed hairstyle or glasses from something I’ve them in, and that makes it hard to pick one.)

  7. Mona Lisa Smile makes sense. I spent much of the early 2000’s watching movies that had only women in the promotional poster just in case … y’know …

    Come to think of it… that’s basically how I pick movies to this very day! Thanks, Autostraddle!

    • I got Mona Lisa Smile and while I do like that movie, D.E.B.S was the one that helped me buy a clue. That and always holding my breath whenever t.A.T.u’s All the Things She Said aired on MTV.👀

    • Oops, accidentally posted this as a reply to another comment!

      Obsessed with this quiz as my teens were in the 00s. However it is missing the film that I credit to my gayness – Pirates of the Caribbean!

  8. I have so far accidentally posted my comment as a reply to two different comments at each end of the wall. My teen gayness for Keira Knightly has apparently affected my ability to use the internet.

  9. Missy Pantone is gay, right? I mean there’s no other explanation for the vibe, the tatt, the easy use of the word ‘dykeadelic’…. right?

    Also, it was probably actually Charlies Angels: Full Throttle, in which (blatantly queer-coded) Demi Moore actually licks the entire face of Cameron Diaz in a scene I remembered so clearly that when it was on TV recently and skipped over it I had to go and stream it to make sure

  10. as someone who was in middle school in the early-mid aughts, this quiz was so hard, there were so many split decisions!

    but chicago was absolutely the correct result. that movie rewired my brain

  11. I got Ghost World, which I’ve never seen but I guess I need to now. Blue Crush and Bend It were truly my awakenings. I mean, Michelle Rodriguez in board shorts? Enough said. Even when I thought I was straight, I would fast-forward through all the boring hetero bits. That should have been a sign…

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