Cheerleaders, The (1973)

Cheerleaders, The (1973)

“Mom! Dad! I made the team!”

A virginal teen (Stephanie Fondue) with a ho-hum boyfriend (Jonathan Jacobs) is thrilled to join her school’s squad of promiscuous cheerleaders — Claudia (Denise Dillaway), Bonnie (Jovita Bush), Debbie (Brandy Woods), Suzie (Clair Dia), and Patty (Kimberly Hyde) — who will stop at nothing to help their team win the game, and who are determined to help Fondue lose her virginity.

Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:

  • Cheerleaders
  • Comedy
  • Football
  • Virginity

Peary lists many questionable titles in his GFTFF, including numerous hardcore and softcore flicks that should be considered with caution. With that said, I’ll quickly note that this “Camp Classic” — beloved by men-of-a-certain-age who remember it fondly from their youth — is actually a terribly acted but competently filmed piece of softcore p*** that, as noted in Grindhouse Film’s podcast review, “promotes unprotected teenage sexual activities and rape”. These cheerleaders are so over-the-top in every way that it’s impossible to take them or their antics seriously — but certain scenes are still deeply disturbing in their implication that nubile young women are eagerly awaiting any and every opportunity to “get it on”.

Redeeming Qualities and Moments:

  • Some creative sets

Must See?
Nope. If you’re nostalgic for this kind of flick, you know who you are already. Listed as a Camp Classic in the back of Peary’s book.


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