The Swinging Cheerleaders

The Swinging Cheerleaders Girls Jack Hill, Jo Johnston, Rainbeaux Smith, Colleen Camp, Rosanne Katon, Ric Carrott, Ian Sander, George D. Wallace, John Quade, Robert Lee Minor, Mae Mercer, Gary Schneider,

The Swinging Cheerleaders: an investigative journalist infiltrates a cheerleading team for an article, but ends up uncovering an even bigger story. Most interestingly, this film is made by exploitation master Jack Hill (Big Bird Cage, Coffy, Foxy Brown – and straight after those films) trying to avoid becoming a one-trick pony with ‘Blaxploitation‘ or ‘Women In Prison‘ films. Very much a snapshot of the times, every character is ‘stock’ / stereotypical, and the various plot threads are relatively straight forward. Disappointingly, this film is way more tame that you’d expect from Jack Hill, and a film called ‘The Swinging Cheerleaders’. It’s title and marketing pitch it as a sequel to ‘The Cheerleaders’ (a raunchy comedy), but this one’s a completely different beast: it’s not exploitation, or even a sex-comedy, but feels more like an educational piece about college / sex / gambling / drugs / match fixing. Think watered-down Roger Corman picture, or heavily censored Russ Meyer picture. Although The Swinging Cheerleaders is  a well made and entertaining picture; it all feels a bit rushed and compromised.

Score: 5/10

As always, Arrow have given this movie the ultimate release, with a brand new 2K restoration and – as always – there are shedloads of interviews, extras, and a director’s commentary – making this an essential purchase for Cheerleader and Jack Hill fans. 

The Swinging Cheerleaders Afro Jack Hill, Jo Johnston, Rainbeaux Smith, Colleen Camp, Rosanne Katon, Ric Carrott, Ian Sander, George D. Wallace, John Quade, Robert Lee Minor, Mae Mercer, Gary Schneider,

 

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4 comments
  1. This even sounds disappointing. Oh well, guess I don’t have to bother with this one.

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I think if you grew up loving similar films from this era that it you’ll view this more favourably as a nostalgia piece. I grew up with American Pie and Porkies so this is very timid in comparison.

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  2. I loved this when I saw it at the drive-in (probably because I was a horn dog teenager at the time!) I still crush over blonde bombshell Rainbeaux Smith!

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    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      I think you’d still get a kick out of it for the nostalgia factor alone, as they just don’t make films like these anymore. And yeah, Rainbeaux…. whoah!

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