Travel back to the glorious, sexy, silly '70s
The world Bambi and her friend explore is not a kind one to her, as there's someone trying to take advantage of her at every turn, including neighbors, bosses, artists, casting agents and anyone else who catches a glance of her, starting with a madam who draws her in the moment she decides to be liberated. As a result, she's miserable more oft than not, as she gets sexually harassed, drugged, and raped, along with several more traditional seductions (and some less-so, like a oddball orgy.)
To be honest, the story in this movie isn't very interesting, floating from scene to scene without much in the way of plot progression, character development or transition between moments in Viva's new sexually-adventurous life. But that seems like the whole point, as the movie is an excellent tribute to the classic exploitation films of the 1970s, sporting a spot-on recreation of the look and tone of that era's movies, thanks mainly to Biller's vision. You could copy this to VHS, hand it to anyone and tell them it's an old movie from 1972, and they wouldn't question it. From the clothing to the sets to the props, music and lighting, it's basically a perfect re-creation.
That's especially true for Biller's performance, which is just incredible, from the look on her face (which is somewhere between a sneer and smelling something bad) to her delivery, which is so flat it's hilarious. Teaming her exotic looks and sexy body, she's the perfect sexploitation lead, wielding her heavily made up eyelids and arched eyebrows to make every line ridiculous. The rest of the cast is right in line with her in selling the time warp, be it the over-the-top mincing hairdresser or the nudist hippie. There's such a unified sense of purpose that everything, including the bizarre musical numbers and unusual animation sequence, comes together to overcome a general lack of compelling story to make a must-watch experience.
Though this is the unrated version of the film, it's hard to tell what might be the difference from the R-rated cut. Sure, there's a healthy dose of full-frontal nudity (both female and male) but it's all "happy" nudity, and the sex is hardly graphic, so one wonders where the R-line was crossed. Unless flaccid junk, free-swinging natural breasts and earth-momma muffs offend you, this movie could practically be considered innocent
As you might expect from a film attempting to recreate the feel of a '70s movie, the sound isn't an extravagant experience, though the Dolby Digital 2.0 track offers up clear dialogue and a strong balanced presentation of the film's fantastic score, full of the funky music exploitation films are known for.
There's also a theatrical trailer, which is in the style of the old previews, and gives you a good idea of what the movie is all about.
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