Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader

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A couple of years ago, I held a short-lived position as a Google search evaluator. I would go through real search queries and determine whether or not the results were good. Typically, the searches were boring. A restaurant in Ohio, directions to some residential address, or some other mundane bit of contextless information.

But then one day I was sitting at the kitchen table putting my time in and the query I had to evaluate was something called “giantess fetish.” Needless to say, this particular search term sent me on a wild ride through some of the more wholesome seedy parts of the Internet. Apparently, there are men within our society who fantasize about being smashed to bits by giant women. And, likewise, there are women who fantasize about being giants and smashing things to bits.

Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader, while billed as a reimagining of Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman (1958), would probably be more appropriately labeled as macrophilia for the masses. What other reason would there be for placing so much emphasis on a poor college girl who keeps going through extreme growth spurts that tear the clothing from her body?

Once you move beyond the obvious fetishist aspects of the movie, if you look really hard, you can find a sympathetic protagonist in Jena Sims’ character Cassie. She’s a nice girl seeking parental approval who finds a way to stand out and be special on her own terms. Cassie goes through a period of self-discovery as result of her rapid growth and, eventually, learns to accept herself for who she is. Decent feminist developments for a movie about a girl who injects herself with an untested substance in order to be prettier.

And, if that wasn’t enough, watch for Ted Raimi’s cameo as the lovable, albeit forgettable, Dr. Higgs.

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