The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974)

The Swinging Cheerleaders (1974) movie poster

director Jack Hill
viewed: 07/25/2016

Campus radical Kate (Jo Johnston) goes undercover as a college cheerleader to write an exposé on vacuousness in sports culture.  But on meeting Andrea (Rainbeaux Smith), Lisa (Rosanne Katon), and Buck the all-star quarterback (Ron Hajek), her exposé transitions from cultural critique to uncovering gambling and game-fixing.

That’s hardly all.  There’s a subplot with her former lover and editor and fellow campus radical, inflected with jealousy, sets a gang rape in action and tries to discredit her among her cheerleader pals.  There’s a fair amount of plot, plot to spare, if you will, in this sex comedy.

Not writer/director Jack Hill’s best effort, The Swinging Cheerleaders never really stoops to “bad”, if you will.  But it never really gets its shit together either nor does it become outrageous or for that matter hilarious.  When the action kicks in toward the end, it tries to go slapstick.

I don’t know what else to say about it.

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