Why a list about girls' boarding school movies, you ask? Because boarding school movies are the last frontier of teen titillation for an adult audience. For most viewers, such institutions are mysterious entities, seldom experienced in real life, where deprivation of the opposite sex spurs either pent up frustration, hanky-panky, daring antics, or all of the above.
Suffice it say that while there are all kinds of girls' boarding schools, they all have three things in common: a distinct lack of boys; the estrogen is so thick you could cut it with a knife; no one wants to be there. My mom sent me to a snooty all girls academy, and I hated it, because she sent the me there to keep me off boys. Then I discovered girls, but that's another story.
Or is it? Because the appeal to half of these movies is the stereotypically male mental image of scores of girls in short pleated skirts, engaging in pillow fights, and sleeping together in dormitories clad only in their underwear. Well, it wasn't like that, at least not at mine.
And the same goes for inappropriate activity, such as that between teachers and students, despite several notable incidents, none of which were ever officially acknowledged. There were always however, hushed rumors and whispered jokes about an undercurrent of inevitable, illicit sex, which is hinted at if not openly acknowledged in some of the following flicks.
All seriousness aside however, films such as Cracks, and Loving Annabelle) demonstrate how the setting can be a good one for real drama, not to mention girls' coming of age stories as in Flirting and the recent Tanner Hall.
Here then, is Pam's list of Girls (boarding) School Movies:
(Serious films are at the top, with grade B silliness at the end. I have very high hopes for Tanner Hall and St. Trinian's, both of which seem to hold promise.)
(Honorable mention for But I'm A Cheerleader. It doesn't take place in a boarding school, but a special camp for lezzies is the next best thing.)
Not yet in the Flixster database:
Girls' School, (1938)
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Boarding School 1977, R)
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 1969, PG)
Cracks 2011, R)
Tanner Hall 2011, R)
St. Trinian's 2007, PG-13)
Loving Annabelle 2006, Unrated)
A moralistic, unlikely ending spoils this otherwise touching story, which features a non-pornographic lezzie love scene so hot that I my allegedly "straight" girlfriends admitted being turned-on.
Therese and Isabelle 1968, R)
Lost and Delirious 2001, R)
Flirting 1990, R)
Funny and touching, this is the most credible story I have seen about girls trapped in boarding school, While it's one of those awful Catholic schools, which is not something in my experience, the personalities depicted in this film come closest to reminding me of my own experiences.
Picnic at Hanging Rock 1975, PG)
A neat atmosphere piece that goes absolutely nowhere. It looks like an unusual historical murder mystery, with a story very much like Heavenly Creatures, but it is not. It goes absolutely nowhere. The story is so bad, the original ending which gives it away as being absurd fiction had to be excised from the film production. Like the author of the story, the producers led the audience to believe without actually lying that the film tells a true story. It does not, which renders its murkiness and ambiguous ending pointless. I was warned sternly to avoid this one, but I had to check out the lesbian school girl theme. Even that was poorly developed as a source of conflict and motive. Not a a steamy, risqué drama, not a sex parable, not a sensational whodunit, and not a movie I would recommend..
The Woods 2006, R)
Innocence 2004, R)
Wild Child 2009, PG-13)
A Little Princess 1995, G)
The Trouble with Angels 1966, PG)
Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows 1968, G)
Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform) (Maidens in Uniform) 1931, Unrated)
Mädchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform) 1958, Unrated)
These Three 1936, Unrated)
The Children's Hour 1961, G)
The Little Princess 1939, G)
Youth in Revolt 2010, R)
School for Unclaimed Girls 1969, R)
Satan's School for Girls 1973, Unrated)
School Girls in Chains 1973, Unrated)
Private School 1983, R)
Girls School Screamers 1986, R)
Satan's School for Girls 2000, Unrated)
5ive Girls 2006, Unrated)
Private School Girls #3 2007, Unrated)
But I'm A Cheerleader 1999, R)