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Petticoat Planet
(1996)
Reviewed by Jason Coffman
Rating: 8.5 Beans

o matter what reason you may want to see "Petticoat Planet," chances are you'll be disappointed. A friend of mine rented this and "Starship Troopers" one night, so I had no choice but to watch both. This film is the story of a planet full of women, a planet where all the men have died in a mining accident years ago, and there is only one town in the whole world. This town is subtly named Puckerbush Gulch. I nearly left the room after seeing this.

One day, a spaceship crashes into the planet. The only person on board is something the women haven't seen in decades: a man. Now, lest ye get too excited, there isn't nearly as much sex as you might think in "Petticoat Planet." Apparently, the producers wanted to make something that would appeal to fans of Westerns, Science Fiction, and softcore erotica. Also, they wanted it to be funny. The result is a movie that tries to do way too much with its one-joke premise and terrible script.

Just because the script is terrible, however, doesn't mean it isn't entirely without merit. While being questioned by the town sheriff (Lesli Kay Sterling of "Cyberella: Forbidden Passions"), the man is asked his name. About five minutes before this scene, I thought to myself "His name better be Steve." It just seemed appropriate. Sure enough, his name is Commander Steve Rogers (Troy Vincent of "Team Knight Rider"). At one point in this interrogation, he actually says "Oh boy!" He is repeatedly referred to as "bitch" and "space boy," which I also found tremendously amusing.

The principal conflict in the story is between the Sheriff and Mayor Delia Westwood (Elizabeth Kaitan, "The Exotic House of Wax" and "Virtual Encounters"). They both want Commander Rogers for themselves. Technically, though, I would think every woman in the town would want Steve, just to go along with the idea that a world full of women would be starved for men. Not so. However, the town bartender Lily (Betsy Lynn George, "Lurid Tales: The Castle Queen") has her eye on him. She's the nice girl, though, so she doesn't have sex with him until the movie's nearly over.

"Petticoat Planet" was released by the same company that put out such direct-to-video movies as "Femalien" and "Lolita 2000." If you are a fan of this kind of film, you may enjoy it. However, if you like movies that focus on such things as plot, dialogue, visual style (beyond "misty and sensual"), etc. you may want to watch something else. Like "Crash."






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