Andromina: The Pleasure Planet (2000)

Rating:

USA. 2000.

Crew

Director – Darren Moloney, Screenplay – Louise Monclair, Producer – Pat Siciliano, Photography – Lester Wistrod, Music – Strings Brothers Productions, Visual Effects – David Lange, Production Design – Ishmal. Production Company – Surrender Cinema/Twilight Entertainment Inc

Cast

John Matrix (Jeeter), Mike Roman (Omar), Eric Stratton (Cody Jacob), Shyra DeLand (Roxy), Flower (Prefect Alexa), Michelle Turner (Xula), Shannan Leigh (Becca), Griffin Drew (Adina), Tress Broussard (Trina), Sam Phillips (Mabel), Gina Mae Swenson (Mara)


Plot

Three space pilots, Cody, Omar and Jeeter, arrive on the pleasure planet Andromina only to find the famous sex bar has closed down because the hostess Mabel has no girls. The pilots decide to teleport via wormhole to the all-female planet Eros, even though contact with Eros is forbidden by galactic treaty, in order to recruit some women to work at the bar. On Eros, the three encounter various women who have all never met a man before. The women alternately want to execute them, hail them as king and make them slaves but above all desire to experience sex with the men.


Andromina: The Pleasure Planet is a work of erotica. Production company Surrender Cinema specialised in various works of tasteful erotica usually made for cable audiences. Their films were much more softcore than porn and featured a modicum of plot and semi-competent acting talents. Their output between the mid-1990s and early 2000s included the likes of Femalien (1996), The Exotic House of Wax (1997), The Exotic Time Machine (1998), Pleasurecraft (1999), Timegate: Tales of the Saddle Tramps (1999), Veronica 2030 (1999), Virgins of Sherwood Forest (2000), Zorrita: Passion’s Avenger (2000), Phantom Love (2001) and Castle Eros (2002).

In terms of plot, Andromina: The Pleasure Planet largely reads as a reworking of male sexual fantasy science-fiction films of the 1950s such as Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953), Cat Women of the Moon (1953) and Queen of Outer Space (1958), which concerned themselves with planets filled with all-women. Andromina at least takes the premise to the logical extent that these 1950s films were never allowed to do – it has the male astronauts and the innocents of these all-women worlds explore their natural sexual curiosity.

As with most erotic films that stray into genre material, the science-fiction element only serves as scanty deus ex machina to get to the unclothed tumblings. The journey to the planet is economically conducted via the doubletalk of instantaneous ‘wormhole transfer’, which simply means the actors disappear from one scene and then reappear on the planet without any ensuing effects. The focus is always on the erotic scenes, with various coupling scenes coming at almost timed intervals and with minimal regard for plot to stitch them together. For example, in the scene where Mike Jeeter escapes from jail because two girls start making out in his cell, the camera stays with the girls togther rather than being in any way interested in his escape. Equally, in the scene where the baking competition between two girls turns into a food fight, the two only spend about five seconds fighting before the scene turns into a girl-on-girl make out.

None of the guys appear to be taking the show seriously. Mike Roman plays with a smirk throughout and fails to give any of his lines a serious reading. While being taken to the stake to be sacrificed, for instance, he is throwing off jibes like: “Don’t I get a phone call? A lawyer?” The scene where Eric Stratton is made judge and must evaluate a baking competition is incredibly badly directed on all levels. When it comes to the girls, Flower [Edwards] who plays Alexa is lovely but alas just cannot do the tough cold-faced interrogator role that she is cast as. Michelle Turner at least plays with a wild innocence that captures her part quite credibly.