Steve Simels
February 18, 1994 AT 05:00 AM EST

Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
performer
Jane Fonda, John Phillip Law, David Hemmings, Marcel Marceau, Milo O'Shea, Anita Pallenberg
director
Roger Vadim
genre
Comedy, Sci-fi and Fantasy

We gave it a D+

Director Roger Vadim made lots of tacky movies starring his various wives in various states of undress. But Barbarella, the comic-book sci-fi epic featuring a briefly topless pre-workout Jane Fonda as la bimbo fatale d’espace exterieur, may be the tackiest, a conclusion suggested by this laserdisc’s widescreen transfer (a first for this movie) and digital sound. The spaceship’s interior, for example, looks like the master bedroom at Hugh Hefner’s place, while the faux-rock score evokes Tom Jones with a lobotomy. For soft-core porn and cheesy effects, stick with a tape of Flesh Gordon.

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