Wednesday, January 29, 2014

#1,262. Cinderella 2000 (1977)

Directed By: Al Adamson

Starring: Catharine Erhardt, Jay B. Larson, Vaughn Armstrong

Tag line: "Tomorrow's Sexiest Comedy..... Today!"

Trivia: One of this film's alternate titles was Civilization 2047

Director Al Adamson’s Cinderella 2000 is a rare breed, a sci-fi / musical / comedy with a dash of erotica tossed in for flavor. Of course, the fact that it’s a bad sci-fi / musical / comedy is probably the reason many of you have never heard of it before.

The year is 2047, and the world is ruled by a totalitarian government which, under the leadership of The Controller (Erwin Fuller), has banned sexual intercourse. As a result, Cindy (the stunning Catharine Erhardt), who lives with her evil stepmother (Renee Harmon) and two step-sisters; Bella (Bhurni Cowans) and Stella (Adina Ross), has never made love before. But a visit from her Fairy Godfather (Jay B. Larson) changes all that, and before she knows what’s hit her, Cindy is on her way to the ball, where she’ll fall in love with Tom Prince (Vaughn Armstrong), a personal favorite of The Controller and one of the few people permitted to have sex. Her evening with Tom is an unforgettable one, ending abruptly when the clock strikes midnight, causing Cindy to rush out of the ballroom before she returns to normal. With the Controller’s blessing, Tom initiates a search for the woman who captured his heart, and is ready to sleep with every beautiful woman in the city in order to find her!

For a supposed sex comedy, the humor in Cinderella 2000 is extremely juvenile; the Controller’s no-sex regulation is enforced by a slapstick happy robot (Eddie Garetti) whose voice is so choppy that I could barely understand what he was saying. Even worse than the comedy are the film’s musical interludes, most of which are shockingly awful (“Doin’ Without”, a song about sexual frustration performed by Cindy’s stepmother and step-sisters, is as entertaining as nails scraping along a chalkboard). Catharine Erhardt looks great as Cindy (especially in the later scenes, where she’s all dolled up for the ball), but aside from her, Cinderella 2000 has absolutely nothing to offer.

From what I've heard, the European cut of Cinderella 2000 features more nudity and sex than the U.S. version, but to be honest, I don’t think any amount of T & A could have saved this dismal production. Do yourself a favor and steer clear of this one.

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