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Pro porn all the way
lor_ from New York, New York
21 October 2010
So much porn is amateur night or 1-day crap, so it is refreshing to
watch a minor but sleekly professional effort like THE YOUNGER THE
BETTER. It has no pretensions and covers no new ground, but is quality
Jennifer West stars winningly as a hooker who frankly admits she's
getting on in years. Though only 34 (the actress and her fictional
character too) when this film was made it's true that sex is a
youngster's profession, so she and her manager (more confidante than
pimp) Ray Wells concoct a scheme for carrying on, by having her teach
sweet young things to take over the business, splitting the proceeds.
School for Sex is a corny notion, but this completely scripted (no
fumbling over ad libs) movie goes through the paces with élan. The
three young girls who answer an ad for the school are fresh faces and
they go through the field tests (i.e., servicing Johns chosen from
Jennifer's client list) with enthusiasm. Ray is around to help
demonstrate and we get a lively, pleasant XXX diversion.
One element that misses the boat is Jennifer's use of closed-circuit TV
to capture her own sex acts as well as those of her young charges.
Admittedly VHS had not become pervasive as yet, but film (for 1982)
seems old-fashioned in this regard.
Filmmaker Stu Segall, now ensconced as a successful TV producer, but
back in the day famous for his hit movies starring Marilyn Chambers,
knows how to crank out a movie with some production values, including
an original music score with appropriate songs. West, who when she got
older switched from hardcore porn to the forerunners of today's
lucrative light bondage roles (IMDb classifies them as "adventure"
videos for some absurd reason), is a solid heroine, and Ray Wells is
very sympathetic -he's an underrated porn actor who I recently saw
giving a fine performance in the recommended sleeper BLUE HEAT.
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