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Overall Rating
3.8

Awesome63.33%
Worth A Look: 6.67%
Average: 3.33%
Pretty Bad: 0%
Total Crap: 26.67%

1 review, 24 user ratings


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Cheerleaders, The
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by Chris Parry

"Disturbing."
1 stars

Just when I think I’ve seen the worst film ever, you can guarantee another stinker will come along and prove me wrong. The Cheerleaders is so awful I found it difficult to believe it wasn’t intentionally so. This 1973 exploitation flick, littered with date rape, teenage nudity, statutory rape, borderline incest, group sex and not one believable line of dialogue apparently cost $153,000 to shoot. And I can tell you, not one cent of that is on the screen.

The work of four screenwriters, each of who must have taken turns clicking the Boggle cube this dialogue came from, The Cheerleaders tells the tale of a group of high school cheerleaders who have a big football game coming up. When the cheerleaders accidentally screw their team to exhaustion the night before a big game, the only way they can ensure that their team won’t lose is to go to Central City and screw the other team too. Of course, if you’re silly enough to believe the football game actually matters here, you’re probably smart enough to have been one of the writers.

There are plenty of films out there from the 70’s that demonstrate the differences between the 70’s mindset and the attitudes of today, but none that do it so completely as this film. Remember, these aren’t college cheerleaders going down on the fourth string quarterback, they’re high school cheerleaders. In one scene, where a greaser is having sex with a cheerleader on the grass, she does everything she can to fight him off, only he thinks she’s just being all super-turned on when she claws at his back and pulls his hair. So while he’s moaning “oh yeah, baby, I like it rough too”, the girl is essentially being raped. This is played out for laughs.

And of course, by the end, she’s loving it.

Now, I’m far from a prude. I can dig gratuitous nudity as much as the next guy, but watching this flick just left me totally uncomfortable. I mean, one of these girls is called a ’15 year-old-virgin’ by the others, then sent into the men’s locker room to take a shower (on a dare), after which she’s nearly gangbanged by the entire football team. Geez.

The cheers performed by the cheerleaders are lethargic at best, the acting is uniformly terrible, with nobody in the cast going on to appear in anything more than the odd Russ Meyer film, and despite the film having a sizable cult following, it’s really not a film I’d watch again.

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User Comments

12/01/09 Chad Dillon Cooper The Citizen Kane of teen sex comedies. 5 stars
5/04/06 stoneflytn@yahoo.com definate 70's and I loved it then and just bought it . 5 stars
12/02/04 Jack Little A sex film that dos't take it's self too seriously. 5 stars
7/02/04 Capt. Drive-in Perfect fusion of down and dirty with fun and innocent. Director Glickler is a genius. 5 stars
10/30/03 Hamilton Van Ryan The standard by which all other T&A flix are judged. Uber-Awesome! 5 stars
10/28/03 Jack Little A fun combination of porn and humor 5 stars
10/06/03 Clay Where are u Denise Dillaway. Greatest sex farce ever! 5 stars
9/24/03 Good Puppy I rate this movie AAA+++. The best of the 70's. Anyone would love this movie 5 stars
8/11/03 prince6 Totally Rocks! I guess you'd have to be gay not to love this movie! 5 stars
8/10/03 Monty Vista Quite posssibly the best sexploitation flick of all time. 5 stars
7/26/03 Meekdogg The best scinemax movie of all time 5 stars
7/24/03 Golem Someone who likes to look at naked girls should have reviewed this film. 5 stars
7/24/03 Foof This movie rocz yer sockz. Real teens revealing sweet cunt. 5 stars
7/10/03 el Toro Loved it!! Where have u gone Stephanie Fondue? 5 stars
7/04/03 DT IT MAKES H.O.T.S. LOOK LIKE MASTERPIECE THEATER 1 stars
7/04/03 Debbie Clark A wonderful romp down memory lane. 5 stars
6/28/03 Jonette Profoundly un-pc. Naughty and sweet at the same time 5 stars
2/26/03 Dark If it wasn't for the nudity, it would have sucked! Great film! 4 stars
2/08/03 sammy Girl "fighting off" the greaser is purposely encouraging him-listen to dialogue 1 stars
2/07/03 EdG Stupidest movie-ever... but HELL YEAH i finished it... SO STUPID IT WAS GOOD!!! 5 stars
2/02/03 Brea Dirty, silly, fun, innocent - An all time cult classic 5 stars
1/29/03 AH How can anyone honestly hate this? 4 stars
1/11/03 Xander Fairlawn Without a doubt one of best of the 1970s sexploitation flicks. 5 stars
1/05/03 Mr Math Great natural nudity! Crappy as hell story though. 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  02-Mar-1973 (R)

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