Topics: Race / Ethnicity / Ethnic Conflict, Personal Development
An entertaining look at an American family struggling to embrace English culture, Bombs, Brits and Cheerleaders follows the Yakkel family from Oklahoma, who have been stationed on the UK’s largest RAF airbase, Lakenheath, home to the F15 fighter jet and 5,000 US citizens.
Ron Yakkel is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force and is in charge of logistics and personnel for African operations. He thought about retiring and joining the Peace Corps until he was ordered to go to England. The film observes how the family copes with life outside of the wire-circled frontier away from the sugar-coated, ideal American life with its fast food, US currency, movie theaters, and rod and gun clubs.
Ron is happy to soak up the novelties of living in the English countryside but his life is not that affected by the change as he spends most of his day on the airbase. It is Susan, his wife, and Amber, his teenage daughter, who really have to face the challenges of fitting in. This proves to be particularly hard as the locals show hostility to the very presence of Americans in the village.