Spaced Out (1979) from Tuna

Spaced Out is a silly sex farce from the UK. Four humans are taken aboard an alien spacecraft by the all-female crew from a unisex planet. The captain of the spaceship (Kate Ferguson) considers herself an expert martial artist, Glory Annen is the entire maintenance crew, and Ava Cadell does anything else required. The cast is rounded out with a talking Wurlitzer jukebox, the voice of which is played by Bob Saget in the US version.

The alien ship is forced to land on earth because of mechanical difficulties, and their cargo is ruined. When a herd of cows surrounds the ship, they take off, against the best advice of the ship's terminally depressed computer. Then they have a brainstorm and realize that it might be possible to sell humans to galactic zoos if any of them prove interesting enough. Two of the captured humans are a couple, unhappily engaged because she (Lynne Ross) is saving herself for the wedding - and even after that sex is not certain. A third human is a man who had been spying on the bickering couple. The fourth is a full-on wanker who has a jacket full of girlie magazines. The humans are examined for fighting ability, intelligence and physical characteristics. It is during the latter examination that the crew learns about the joys of being a species with two sexes. Due to a comedy of errors, the wanker proves to be the smartest, the most adept fighter, and the most complex physically. 

While it is certainly not a challenging or ambitious film, and the small budget is very evident, Spaced Out is enjoyable as a pleasant diversion.  Judged against other UK sex farces of the era, this one is satisfactory brainless entertainment. And yes, the bride-to-be does eventually come across!



  • bare bones
  • no widescreen version


  • Glory Annen - full frontal

  • Ava Caddell -  full frontal

  • Kate Ferguson - breasts

  • Lynne Ross - breasts

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Based on this description, this film is a C-, typical genre fare, with enough pretty flesh and bad jokes to make it satisfactory to those who enjoy this type of entertainment.

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