Barbarella

1968 PG 1h 38m DVD

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Barbarella

1968 PG 1h 38m DVD
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A shapely 41st-century space traveler must apprehend scientist Durand Durand, whose creation threatens to bring evil back to the galaxy. En route, Barbarella discovers the joys of celestial sex and has kinky misadventures with bizarre characters.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
  • Jane Fonda
  • John Phillip Law
  • Anita Pallenberg
  • Milo O'Shea
  • Marcel Marceau
  • Claude Dauphin
  • Véronique Vendell
  • Giancarlo Cobelli
  • David Hemmings
  • Ugo Tognazzi
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Reviews

age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Barbarella is a 1968 French-Italian sci-fi cult flick (based on a French comic of the same name) featuring Jane Fonda, lots of nudity, sensuality, absurdity, and the generally wacky irreverence of 1960s cinema. Because of its mature themes, bare breasts, frequent sensuality, and direct discussions of intercourse, as well as a plot development that includes a woman being given a fatal orgasm, this is a movie best reserved for very mature teens or adults.

Sexual Content

Multiple scenes with bare breasts, naked silhouettes, implied intercourse, discussion of intercourse, and sensuality and suggestiveness. In the opening scene, a woman's space suit is slowly removed to reveal nothing underneath, with shots of breasts from multiple angles throughout the introduction. Elsewhere, the film figures heavily on a variety of women wearing various items of see-through clothing, wrapped in cellophane, or lounging about half-naked and beckoning. In multiple scenes, a man offers to make love to a woman or a woman offers a man sex as a reward, which is indicated by the characters beginning to undress and then the scene cutting away to a bed. Several instances of shirtless men, as well as a labyrinth of naked people in sheer clothes. In one scene, several women are hanging from a ceiling in cellophane, writhing.

Violence

The film contains multiple, pervasive scenes of cartoonish violence played for humor or humorous peril, and there is a consistent use of space-age rockets, lasers, and guns. In one scene, a woman is hit in the face with a rock. In others, magnetic disturbances toss her about a spaceship. There are creepy porcelain dolls with razor teeth that surround a woman and administer bite-size wounds, with blood shown. A man whips a group of feral children (with the whipping motion shown; contact with the children is not shown, but their screams are audible). Space-age creatures are blown up with space rockets. A man lies on the ground dead, covered in blood. An angel is shown strung up crucifixion-style by his bloodied wings. A woman is placed in a cage and then attacked by birds and shown bleeding. A woman writhes and sweats when hooked up to a machine meant to make her orgasm to death.

Language

Only very mild language, mostly for its sensuality involving the frank discussion of intercourse and how it should be performed.

Social Behavior

Barbarella is a sci-fi send-up meant to spoof more than inspire, but it does offer positive messages about communing with other humans.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Only minor references to drug-like substances, such as a scene in which people drink out of goblets that appear to have something alcohol-like in them. Discussions of intercourse involve taking exaltation-transference pellets. In one scene, a group of women smokes a hookah described to contain "essence of man."

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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