My Rating: 4 stars
This movie is a hoot! But then, I think it was always intended to be just as ridiculous as I understood it to be. As much as I love watching movies that are unintentionally hilarious, it’s also fun to see directors having a great time making purposefully and unapologetically comedic movies. And, this movie is undoubtedly one of those. I’d been aware of this movie for quite a while. But, it was only after a recent prompting from my cousin that I decided to finally check it out for myself. Or course, we’re all probably familiar with the concept of this classic exploitation film. Or if not, we’ve at least all seen the images of Jane Fonda romping around in sexy furs or tiny jumpsuits with that gloriously teased-up, 70s style hairdo. They’re iconic pictures.
Jane Fonda plays Barbarella, a sexy space ranger of some sort. She’s entrusted with the task of tracking down an evil scientist and neutralizing the risk he’s posing to the universe’s peace. And, the campy tone is set immediately when we meet Barbarella writhing naked in zero gravity in the very first scene. When she finally gets around to putting some clothes on, it’s of the futuristic, clear, molded plastic variety. She’s been enjoying the peaceful silence and freedom of space, but duty ultimately calls her into the world of other people. And naturally, the sexy romps begin as soon she begins to encounter other individuals in all the strange, new worlds she visits. Characters are hilariously beautiful and virile, and scenarios are almost farcically erotic. It’ll crack you up. While I don’t think that sci-fi and sex comedies are traditionally the most compatible genres, this one seems to work. But then, I guess the “science fiction” element in this film is pretty much limited to the outfits . . . and the fact that space is mentioned.
This is a very fun movie. It’s definitely worth checking out sometime. It’s silly and stupid, and you’ll have a fun time trying to guess what crazy outfit Jane Fonda is going to put on next. And, I really think the movie is more about the comedy than the titillation factor. It’s still probably not a movie you’d want to watch in mixed company. You wouldn’t want your Nana to think you’re some kind of sex pervert, would you? But, it’d be appropriate for a more lighthearted crowd.