I haven't seen the first part of Paul Thomas's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (which features a different cast), but part two is a funny and sexy send-up of the oft-filmed tale. PT is no Cocteau, but his exuberance and genuine humor buoys what could have been mere silliness (as so many of the soft and hard porn fairy tales of past decades proved to be).
There are many in-jokes, such as Black super-stud Ray Victory cast as the pope and perennial crew member Ron Vogel out in front of the camera as Leonardo da Vinci, plus a nice cameo for fellow filmmaker and pal Ron Sullivan/Henri Pachard.
Sequel is set 20 years later, with Ariel Knights (who previously starred for PT as Juliet opposite his portrayal of Romeo in a similar 2-part exercise) scoring highly as storyteller Mother Goose. She explains and comments on the action, and occasionally gets down and dirty with the rest of the cast.
John Leslie is in top comic form as a lord who has become king of the realm and bountiful Tracey Adams is perfect as Beauty. There are many scene stealers, notably Chaz Vincent as sister Patience, her puffy nipples most alluring. OK special makeup effects are utilized for Leslie's hair growth as the Beast, and his script is loaded with amusing anachronisms.
Randy West is another lord with his own agenda, and he's hired Da Vinci to work part-time as a detective for him in a matter involving blackmail. (This is years before the "Da Vinci's Inquest" TV series.)
Definitely recommended for anyone who needs relief from the basically all-sex fare that passes for entertainment in this field nowadays.
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