Pros: Nudity galore; a fun period film with great music
Cons: One can't expect too much from the film
Following the box office success of 1970's original Schulmädchen-Report, or Schoolgirl Report, director Ernst Hofbauer returned the following year with volume two of the series, subtitled "What Keeps Parents Awake at Night. Like the previous film, Hofbauer would use documentary techniques to make the film a sort of survey of the sexual attitudes of the day, but as a documentary, this film falls way short. As a sexploitation film, however, the film works mainly because of the nearly constant nudity and sex.
Volume two presents another series of vignettes about young girls's initiation into the world of sex. Taking it basis from "letters written to the production company" following the first film, volume two starts off with a round table discussion between several social activists, counselors, teachers and parents. As should be obvious in a skin-flick like this one, the framework mainly serves as an excuse for the film makers to re-create the various stories these "experts" tell.
The stories here mainly relate to young girls seducing teachers or authority figures, as we have a group of teens blackmailing a professor into giving them good grades after they document a sexual encounter between the teacher and a student, a student athlete participating in some "after hours" activity with her gym teacher, three girls corner and attack a taxi driver. Meanwhile, in other episodes, two run-aways fall into sexual promiscuity and petty theft, and one school has numerous girls pose for nude photos after running into a skeezy photographer.
The general framework of this volume seems to have been slightly better developed than in the first film, as the various segments are integrated into the film better with less of the clunky segways that marked the first Schoolgirl Report. The documentary styled interviews, conducted by a "reporter" who talks to girls on the streets of Berlin, also are more focused and deal with the very issues presented in the stories as well as more general questions about teenage sexuality. While some of these interviews were set-up for the camera, they still seem to reflect the social mores of the time. It seems like the screenplay of the film was more or less trying to suggest that there's nothing wrong with the behavior demonstrated in the film; the final segment here has a pregnant girl finding out that her parents acted in the same way that she has when they were her age.
In many ways, Schoolgirl Report 2 works today because of the camp value of the material, being pretty amusing with its loony costuming and set design. The music score is also very enjoyable, with a catchy and upbeat title theme by Peter Thomas and Gert Wilden providing the playful and raunchy segment tunes. This is definitely a window into another time, one when ideas of teenagers engaging in sexual activity was not widely accepted or even talked about.
Of course, in a film like this, the major selling point would be copious amounts of nudity, which Hofbauer delivers by the truckload. Numerous fetching young German ladies disrobe for the camera, with Klaus Werner's camera frequently lingering on the flesh displayed. That the young women are often listed as being young teenagers is somewhat alarming since even today, graphic representation of young people engaged in sex is fairly off-limits. While this film never ventures into hardcore territory, there is an astonishing amount of full frontal nudity. It's also always good to see natural women onscreen instead of the glamorized visions of female beauty we are often subjected to today.
Impulse Pictures's DVD of this film is of the original German-language version with English subtitles. The print is satisfactory, if a little soft, but the DVD contains no extras of any kind.
After Schoolgirl Report 2 proved to be another box office smash, it was apparent that this series would continue to throw flesh all over German cinemas. Today, the film comes across as dated but enjoyable, an amusing glimpse at sexual attitudes of a bygone era. It's tame by the standards of today's films, but does over up some nice looking ladies in various stages of undress. If one goes in not expecting too much, I would say this film would be worthwhile and it would have definite appeal to the trench coat crowd.