Title: Schoolgirl Report vol. 3

Also known as:
Schoolgirl Report Part 3: What Parents Find Unthinkable
Schulmädchen-Report 3. Teil - Was Eltern nicht mal ahnen
Aprobada en sexología
Koulutyttöraportti n:o 3
Les provocatrices ou le sexe à l'école
Reportage gyro apo tis mathitries No 3
Thranio No 3: Sexoualika provlimata koritsion
Cuando las colegialas crecen
Schoolgirls Growing Up

Year: 1972

Genre: Sexploitation / Mockumentary / Drama / Comedy

Language: German

Runtime: 96 min

Director: Walter Boos, Ernst Hofbauer

Writer: Günther Hunold, Kurt Seelmann, Günther Heller

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069233


Plot:
At a summer camp a group of girls are caught sneaking into the boy's dorm. This bit of controversy causes the remaining girls at the camp to discuss the good and bad things that have come with their sexual awakening and exchange their own personal stories.

Our thoughts:
"…if you're one of the ten million viewers who watched the first two episodes of 'Schoolgirl Report'. You may well ask, 'What else could they tell us in a third part?'"

Woah! It's like they're reading my mind. Actually if they were reading my mind that statement would have simply been, "The fuck?"

The answer to their rhetorical question about what can they show us in a third part: nothing. There's not a goddamn thing they could tell us in a third part. You know why? Because it is all the same stuff that was shown in the last two movies, but apparently the world demanded…no…the world NEEDED more naked German "schoolgirls".

Yes, it is the exact same setup as the last two movies, (not a big surprise) except this time around it's actually the schoolgirls exchanging stories with one another about their sexual exploits after a small group of girls are caught sneaking into the boy's dorm at a camp. To give this movie some credit -- because I have very little credit to give the third installment -- this has been the best setup that suited what the "Schoolgirl Report" films are about. The scenario of adults getting together and sitting around in a room and talking about these wayward girls works to some extent. From my perspective, however, it makes more sense that the stories are being exchanged between the students rather than the adults.

Beyond that though, it's still the same thing of recreating "real schoolgirl stories" mixed with vox populi segments where some of the interviews are fake and some are real. Yadda. Yadda. Yadda. The fact that I'm only on the third volume and I'm already insanely bored with these movies spells a great deal of trouble since there are twelve volumes in total, but I digress. Now I didn't mind the first film because it was cheeky sexploitation that leaned on the side of eroticism. I had issues with the second volume due to the conflicting emotions of including comedic, and silly sexual scenarios with harsh moments of rape. AND…that same thing is what's done with the third movie.

One of the first segments in the opening features a girl being raped in a bathroom by three boys and they're caught by the janitor. The janitor then proceeds to blackmail the girl into becoming his sex slave and a prostitute by saying he'll side with the boys if she goes to the authorities and doesn't do exactly what he says. So we're treated to scene after scene of this young girl having sex with numerous old men until she tries to kill herself.

Sexy, isn't it?

Of course the film tries to justify this blatant exploitation as being representative of the "harsh reality" that schoolgirls have to endure. I could accept that if that was the tone and the idea that this movie was trying demonstrate -- the unfortunate sexual abuse a lot of women have to endure. That's not what these movies are about though. They are exploitation movies that have a somewhat cultural point to them -- much like some of the cannibal films did -- but at the end of the day, it's still sexploitation that's intended purpose is to arouse. If they wanted to document harsh realities then it cannot include slapstick comedy scenes as well because that just does not work.

It's the equivalent of someone playing the signature Benny Hill music during "I Spit On Your Grave". The movie is never able to recover from such a painfully awkward change in tone because it makes watching the movie uncomfortable. As I said before, I'm not offended by these darker scenarios because, in general, they are par for the course when it comes to exploitation cinema. My problem with them is strictly from a filmmaking perspective; the tones are polar opposite and trying to bring them together in one movie has disastrous results. It also doesn't help that the movie tries to pass off scenes of rape as being erotic, which only makes matters worse.

Considering that delightful opening sequence and another scene where a girl is caught fooling around with her boyfriend at a fair by a thug, said thug shoots the boyfriend in the head and then rapes the girl at gun point. I can only assume that the "Schoolgirl Report" films are going to progressively be getting more uncomfortable with each installment. That they're going to keep pushing that "harsh reality" idea up until the twelfth volume where it's going to end up being nothing but girls shitting in each other's mouths.

Hey, these are made in Germany so it could happen. According to "South Park", anyway.

I feel as though I should apologize since I do feel like I've been overly preachy about this issue but just from a filmmaking perspective, the drastically different tones create a massive problem. The "Schoolgirl Report" films are exploitation but they are intended to be a form of eroticism and it is awkward to see a movie try to pass of rape as eroticism while playing other sexual scenarios as comical. It cannot be both. The movie can either explore the reality of sex or it can be silly eroticism, but not both. To be fair, when the movie is actually playing for laughs and is actually trying to be enjoyable, it is not bad at all. A bit boring but not bad by any means. However, when there are scenes of girls being raped, forced into prostitution, raped at gun point and girls attempting to kill themselves, the entertainment factor is gone. If these movies were genuinely wanting to be pieces that examine the sexual culture of young women and completely removed the comedy, that would be an entirely different matter but that is not the case, unfortunately.


Positive things:
- I liked the change up of the through line being the schoolgirls exchanging the stories with one another.
- The movie isn't bad when it comes to the comedic scenes.

Negative things:
- Once again, the inclusion of things like rape and suicide with the slapstick comedy creates for an awkward viewing experience.

Rating:
Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 3.5/5
Story: 2/5
Effects: 0/5
Comedy: 0.5/5

We got this movie from:
CAVD.com

It can be bought from:
Amazon.com

Reviewed by:
Preston




 

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