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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Gustav Wiklund

Starring:
Christina Lindberg
Kent-Arne Dahlgren
Solveig Andersson
Gunilla Larsson

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Marianne and Paul are on again, off again lovers who don't exactly have a great relationship. When Marianne's sister Beryl shows up, they all end up waking up together and Paul falls in love. Unfortunately for Paul, Beryl's bad news as he soon finds out that she was hired to strip at a party and was being asked to wear a mink coat..lined with heroin!
Is it good movie?
Every so often, I wonder why I get to review some of the things I do. When I get a weird flick that seems to be out of left field, I always hold it against Nympho Libre, the wrestling/horror/porn movie I reviewed some years ago. Wide Open isn't quite as bad as that, but don't get me wrong- this is an awful, awful film.

Whoever Christina Lindberg is (she's plastered all over the movie case, as this is seemingly her last appearance), she's only in this movie for about 5 minutes and she doesn't really do anything. Also, this movie really knocks dudes and makes us look like pigs. It's kind of funny because the movie's dated but Paul is a real jerk and he won't even take his clothes off most of the time, he just unzips and starts humping. There's even a scene when he puts the boots to a girl who happens to vacuuming his apartment. Naked.

First of all, this movie makes almost no sense and is just packed full of stuff characters and scenes that just seemed to be added to pad out the runtime of the film. Of course, it should also be mentioned that this is pretty much softcore porn. Yep, bellybutton humpers unite- this one's for you!

I'm not even sure what kind of tone this movie is trying to set, as it comes off like a sort of bizarre drama/comedy with an absolutely ludicrous ending. The acting for the most part surprisingly seems alright, but it's easy to get distracted by lots of naked ladies. Although this is old stuff, these girls are classic beauties in the best way..all natural! I know this isn't that kind of site, but hey, when in Rome.

Anyway, there's really no reason to own this unless you like weird old softcore porn with terrible dubbing. I know the girls look pretty good but come on, if you're on the internet reading this review, you don't need to buy a DVD to get what you're looking for!
Video / Audio
This one is presented in  1.66:1 widescreen and doesn't look great, as the print seems all dirty and scratched.

Audio comes in 2.0 mono and is equally unimpressive.
The Extras
There are two interviews included here, one with Christina Lindberg and the other with director Gustav Wiklund. They run together for about 20 minutes and play catch-up. but they aren't particulary interesting although Lindberg has aged pretty well.

Other than that, you get a photo gallery, a few trailers and for the thirteen year old boy in all of us, you can reverse the DVD sleeve to reveal one with naked boobs! Hooray!
Last Call
I know that this movie features a terrifying villain named Mr. X, but this isn't horror. It's a laugh to watch it now, but I can't imagine why you'd want to own it. Avoid!
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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