Barbara Broadcast (1977)

Barbara Broadcast (1977)

Directed by: Radley Metzger

Starring: Annette Haven, C.J. Laing, Constance Money

They say “they don’t make ‘em like they used to” a lot (wait, are those the same theys?), and only in very few situations is that a phrase that matters to anyone anywhere. Ugh, I’ve already screwed this up. I’M NOT STOPPIN’ NOW, FUCKERS!

There’s barely a plot to Barbara Broadcast. Instead, it’s more of an exploration of almost a sci-fi premise where it’s the near future and sex is rampant. More than rampant, in fact, it’s just treated as a normal thing, and famous prostitutes (which is a classy job, apparently) are approached in restaurants and asked for blowjobs instead of autographs. Also, most of the movie takes place in a restaurant where they serve as much sex as they do food.

This movie has a really relaxed tone to it, and you end up just kinda coasting through the movie. There’s a lot more “huh. Okay, I get it” while watching this than “OH MY GOD HOW HOT”. Add to that the fact that porn in the 70′s was more tiny segments of sex cut into a more theatrical structure than today’s porn, and yeah, it comes across like a silly little sexy sci-fi movie. Or I guess “fantasy” would be a more appropriate genre, a-hurr hurr hurr hurr.


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