Lacking the bombast of most of his XXX films, PUBERTY is an entertaining "folk porn" outing by the prolific Joe D'Amato. It's a welcome diversion from his usual milking of "historical" subject matter.
IMDb dates it as a 1999 film, using an Italian release date as documentation, but the U.S. DVD lists 1995 as date of production in its "everybody's 18" disclaimer, and earlier year is probably more accurate, given the cast overlaps with Joe's films like HOMO ERECTUS from that time frame.
Alternate title DREAMS OF A COUNTRY GIRL is more accurate, as lovely Penelope stars (though receives poor billing, listed eighth in the credits) as rural lass Claudia on the eve of her 18th birthday. Her buxom, blonde aunt is conjuring up a love spell with white magic, using cow's urine and needing the ingredient of sperm from the intended boyfriend to win him as her mate.
This is pure porn, with a logic exclusive to the genre. Opening scene has Claudia masturbating in her sleep, dreaming of lesbian sex with her pretty maid Maria. Second scene has three guys arriving at an inn: all are D'Amato regulars, Roberto Malone, Gerry Pike and Franscesco Malcom. They balk at the bill for lunch and refuse to pay it (too expensive), balling the cute waitress (Roxanne Hall) instead. Scene makes no sense but is stimulating thanks to ever-reliable Hall.
They are hired by the tall-tall, bespectacled housekeeper at Claudia and her aunt's place, and said lady immediately has a four-way with her new employees, as part of their job. We later see them pretending to be doing odd jobs around the grounds, but PUBERTY is strictly about sex.
Hall delivers a bottle of aphrodisiac to the housekeeper, who stages an orgy. Maria succeeds in gathering Pike's ejaculation in her mouth, spitting it into a glass for use in the witch's ceremony. Result is a happy 18th birthday party for Penelope, engaged to Pike, cueing a second orgy as finale.
The women are all lovely and energetic porn performers. I've watched two DVD versions of the film, one in Italian and the other German-dubbed, and each features only seven cast members. The on-screen credits are wrong: Hakan Serbes, Tao and Silvio Evangelista are among the missing in action thesps along with two of the women.
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