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Different Strokes (1998)

R  |  Video  |   |  Drama  |  25 June 1998 (USA)
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A Los Angeles fashion model falls in love with a female art director during a photo shoot which puts their newfound romance at odds with the model's photographer boyfriend.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jill Martin, a New York art director, arrives in Los Angeles to supervise a photo shoot with local photographer Jack who's involved with another woman named Jill. Jill Martin becomes involved with the relationship problems facing Jack and Jill as well as helping Jill deal with her sexual awakening to her repressed lesbianism and dealing with a jealous Jack when he finds out about Jill and Jill being together. Written by Anonymous

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The Story of Jack & Jill ... and Jill.



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Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Different Strokes: The Story of Jack & Jill... and Jill  »

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Jill: You know, I used to live with somebody back when I was in college.
Jill Martin: Did you like it?
Jill: You know, I think I would've liked it better if we actually, uh, gotten along.
Jill Martin: You know, I think the hardest thing about relationships with men is that they always want to be the ones in control. The minute a woman asserts herself and starts doing things that she wants to do, all that sweetheart business goes right out the window.
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Quite possibly Landon Hall's best film......A-
1 May 2003 | by (Somewhere In Illinois) – See all my reviews

This was a great film, I really mean that. The story was good, the sex scenes were good, and you can't go wrong with Landon Hall as the lead actress.

Landon Hall plays Jill, a woman perpetually frustrated by her boyfriend Jack (Bentley Mitchum). Yes, they have sex scenes during the film, but it seems that Jill just lays there and lets Jack have his way with her. Her facial expressions say, "Hurry up and get finished. I want to get this over with." It's odd, because those are the same facial expressions Landon Hall used in "Hotel Exotica". Jack is a photographer who has sent in some of his work to an art director, Jill Martin (the late Dana Plato). Since both primary female characters are named Jill, I'll call one Jill and the other Jill M.

Jill M. is a lesbian, so Jill doesn't see her as a threat at all--in fact, Jill and Jill M. become good friends as the film goes along. Jill M. gives Jill pointers on making her relationship with Jack better, but Jack doesn't seem very responsive. Why is Jack so unresponsive? Maybe it's because he's sleeping with another woman (come on, you knew that was coming). Jill M. finds out about this, and some photographs are taken. Long story short, Jill M. shows the photos to Jill, which makes things very tense at home.

During all of this, Jack is oblivious to the fact that Jill M. has been VERY FRIENDLY with his girlfriend; maybe a little too friendly. Jill M. keeps telling Jill that she doesn't need Jack, and that she should be with someone better. This leads to a sexual encounter between Jill and Jill M. After some intense girl-girl action, Jill comes up for air long enough to say, "I can't believe this--I'm a lesbian!" Ah yes, Jill finally realizes why she hasn't been "into it" when she and Jack have sex--the truth finally comes out! The following scene is Jill and Jill M. frolicking in a garden of some sort while a slow song plays in the background. The middle of the scene looks like it was shot with a soft-focus lens, playing up the "awakening" that Jill is having.

Jill M. persuades Jill to come with her, and they leave together. Jack, who by now has found out about this, gets in his car and tracks them down. This leads to the funniest scene of the movie.

"What, have you gone AC/DC on me, Jill? Are you into chicks now?", Jack yells. Jill rolls down her window and says, "Yeah, I guess I am." I know, it doesn't seem that funny, but you have to see this in order to see just how funny this scene is.

This film had a great plot and good character development. It had funny moments throughout, and a couple of tense scenes. I thought it was quite good.

Sex: B+ (Good for what it was. A decent amount of sex, and it wasn't too bad)

Women: B+ (Landon Hall was the lead female, but Gabriella Hall makes an appearance as well. I believe this was the first time I've seen these two in a movie together. IMDB lists them as sisters, although I don't see the resemblance at all.)

Story: A+ (A film that actually kept me from changing the channel when there wasn't sex going on. Decent dialogue and a plot that wasn't stationary very long.)

Overall: A- (The "Story" grade takes this film from a B+ to an A-. This was a good film, and unfortunately the only softcore film Dana Plato ever made, I believe. She looked quite old in this film; Jill finally discovering she was a lesbian and then running off with Jill M. was amusing, to say the least.)

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