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Barbarella (1968)

DVD Cover (Paramount)
Genres:
Fantasy Adventure, Satire, Science Fiction, Space Adventure, Superhero Film
Director:
Roger Vadim Roger Vadim
Starring:
Jane Fonda Jane Fonda
John Phillip Law John Phillip Law
Anita Pallenberg Anita Pallenberg
Milo O'Shea Milo O'Shea
Marcel Marceau Marcel Marceau

5.9 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Griffinheart
Added: June 01, 2008
When a universe of peace is imperiled by the threat of violence, who is willing to get naked enough to save us all? The five-star, double-rated astronavigatrix Barbarella, that's who.

When the great scientist Duran-Duran disappears on a distant planet, it is feared that his genius will be bent to the production of weapons. Barbarella (Jane Fonda) is sent to retrieve this man due to her excellent "qualifications" and ability to almost completely useless in a fight. Will Duran be found? Will Barbarella continue to wear see-through clothing? Will a random stranger be rewarded with sex for giving the titular character directions? Find out inside!

Barbarella is a fairly decent movie by most standards and is fairly good judging it as a B-movie. Firstly, there are boobs, if that's what you're looking for, but little beyond that for nudity. There's a fur-lined spaceship, guns that fire nothing but still make things explode, and a conundrum of what could be the problem with Barbarella's spaceship (methinks the giant gaping hole in the side may warrant a second look). Cheese drips from almost every scene: revolutionaries have no idea how to leave the secret hide-out, and the most inconsequential acts towards Barbarella always seem to be rewarded with (off-screen) sex.

I can't describe too much more of the story without giving away what little plot there is, but I do want to mention a few parts that I absolutely loved. 1 - Sex in the future no longer involves getting naked. When your and your partner's psychocardiograms align, you both ingest a pill then touch hands until full report is achieved. 2 - Barbarella is sentenced to death by birds...completely harmless birds the likes of which you typically see at nicer nursing homes. 3 - After Barbarella fails to die of passion from a sex organ (similar to a sex piano), she's asked, "Have you no shame?!"

Basically, this is a B-movie that is best watched with a group of friends who will heckle it along with you. Add or subtract 2 points from my score if you really like or really hate B-movies.

7/10.
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bluemeanie #1: bluemeanie - added 06/01/2008, 06:18 PM
Wow. This was a bad film when it was released and the camp value isn't high enough these days to make it much more. Too ambitious and not enough talent on any end to make it memorable. 2/10.
Chad #2: Chad - added 06/29/2008, 10:47 AM
2/10? Insanity - this movie was a product of its time, and it's still as entertaining today as it was back then. Cheesy as all hell, yes, but entertaining nonetheless. 7/10.
Crispy #3: Crispy - added 06/30/2009, 01:14 AM
I'm with Billy Ray on this. Screw this.
AttnDefDis #4: AttnDefDis - added 08/26/2010, 05:02 PM
I love Jane Fonda and this movie is moderately entertaining. It would probably be most enjoyable will tripping balls. My favorite parts are that she has about a hundred costume changes, is compared to James Bond on the cover, but is ridiculously naive and when she says "hello" in dire situations. Yeah, the parakeet and doll attacks were pretty funny. Plus, I love that any injuries she received magically disappear with her next costume change. This movie could have been so much better, but it offers some classic camp and I love that Barbarella's wide eyed demeanor is maintained no matter what's happening. 5/10
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