On a schooltrip, young Renate is caught having sex with the busdriver.
Soon enough, the principal, the theachers' board and the parents' board
want her thrown out of the school, all but psychologist Doctor Bernauer
(Günther Kieslich), who takes a stand for her and tells the parents and
teachers a few story about today's youth and their attitude towards sex.
The first story concerns Heike (Jutta Speidel), who tries to arouse
chaplain Reitmayer (Tonio von der Meden) during confession, but no such
luck. Next up is Susanne (Lisa Fitz), who seduces her private tutor, then
there's Elisabeth, who's caught masturbating by her mother. Then there's
the story of Michelle, who shagged around until she found the right man. A
group of girls force lifeguard Theo (Gernot Möhner) to let them into a
public swimming pool one night to do a bit of skinny dipping. Hannelore
& Herma lose their virginity with two guys on a construction site
(Waltraud Schaeffler) one sunny day. Marlene seduces her sports teacher.
Only Lilo (Claudia Höll) does not want to have sex with her boyfriend
Axel (Alexander Miller). But then her friend Irm tells her about ther
sexual encounters - how she once was almost raped by one of her friend's
fathers, then had lesbian relationships in dancing school, then did fail
to have an orgasm when she lost her virginity, but gradually she has come
to like it - and, convinced by this little story, Lilo gets all horny,
goes to Axel's appartment while he is out, undresses and conveniently
places herself in his bed ...
After the teachers and parents have heard Bernauer's stories, they all
agree to not expell young Renate.
From today's point of view, Schulmädchen-Report looks like a
positively tame piece of soft erotica, that's sometimes quite silly
(especially the interviews by Friedrich von Thun intersperseed throughout
the film where he asks - exclusively female - passers-by things like
"do you masturbate ?), sometimes intentionally but more often
unintentionally funny, sometimes even quite erotic, but above all it's a
piece of nostalgia one can't help but loving in one way or another.
Back in 1970 however (remember, that was before the advent of hardcore)
the film caused quite a stir for its racy content and overt sexuality at
least in Germany ... and wouldn't you know it, in Germany it was the most
successful film of the year and the most successful German film ever.
But why ?
In my opinion it was not so much the nudity that made the film work -
it didn't hurt either, but even then sex films were pretty much a dime a
dozen - but the semi-serious approach to the subject (in the beginning it
is even claimed that the film is a documentary), that of course looks
totally ridiculous from today's point of view, but back then it gave the
film a certain respectability that elevated it above similar sleaze
without the almost scientific approach.
However, whether you see the film as an unintentionally hilarious piece
of erotica, a lovable piece of nostalgia or a record of its time, you will
probably find youself loving it.