Picks and Pans Review: Night Games

updated 05/26/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/26/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

French director Roger Vadim is the GM of sex symbols, having turned out Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve and Jane Fonda in previous model years and thrown his heart so much into his work that he had a child with Deneuve and made Mrs. Vadims of the other two. Latest off his assembly line is a Houston-bred actress, late of the TV soap The Guiding Light, Cindy Pickett. She doesn't measure up to her precedessors on a number of counts, including acting ability. And Vadim, in his second Hollywood film, hasn't helped by putting her in a movie with no visible plot. It's about a California housewife turned so frigid by a childhood rape that she screams any time any man—including her wealthy husband, Barry Primus—looks at her. This affliction leads Primus to go to London by himself, leaving Pickett with some execrable supporting actors and a few Vadim fantasies that are more ludicrous than sexy. The only interest lies in minor mysteries: Who's the character in the strange get-ups who keeps ravishing Cindy? If she's so rich, why can't she afford underwear? Are you sure Fonda started like this? (R)

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