Picks and Pans Review: Galaxina

updated 04/06/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/06/1981 AT 01:00 AM EST

Lovable as they might be, Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back could offer themselves up for a tour de force parody, with their inept acting, bratty characters, excess gimmickry, nitwit philosophizing and teaser endings. This movie tries to profit from that vulnerability and fails by light years. Avery Schreiber, best known to those who remember the TV series My Mother the Car, is mildly funny as the captain of a space police cruiser who keeps wanting a pizza. And there's a nice send-up of the space tavern in Star Wars—a place with a sign saying "human restaurant" that turns out to have people on the menu, not reading it. The laughs are scarce, though, and the acting lacks flair. The hero, Stephen (Loose Change) Macht, is a cipher. Former Playboy model Dorothy R. Stratten, who was murdered by her estranged husband last August in Los Angeles, plays the title character, an affectionate robot. (R)

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