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Adult Entertainment: Disrobing an American Idol (2007)

A fresh, scientific and sometimes humorous look at the effects of the Adult Industry on a single man and a married couple who view porn & frequent xxx-clubs for 30 days. Strip club owners, ... See full summary »

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Lance Tracy ...
Himself - Host
Kenny ...
Himself - Test Subject
Joshua ...
Himself - Test Subject
Debbie ...
Herself - Josh's Wife
Ian Copeland ...
Himself - Music Promoter
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Himself - Publisher, Hustler Magazine (archive footage)
Daniel Linz ...
Himself - Psychologist, Department of Communication, Law & Society Program (as Dr. Daniel Linz)
Judith Reisman ...
Herself - Author & Researcher (as Dr. Judith Reisman)
Michael Newman ...
Himself - Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
Mary Anne Layden ...
Herself - Co-Director, Sexual Trauma and Psychopatholigy Program Cener for Cognitive Therapy (as Dr. Mary Anne Layden)
Tim Connelly ...
Himself - Publisher, AVN Publications
Joe Dallas ...
Himself - Author & National Speaker
Michael Castleman ...
Himself - Author, Great Sex
Rob Weiss ...
Himself - Clinical Director, Sexual Recovery Institute
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Himself - Lead Singer, Everclear
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A fresh, scientific and sometimes humorous look at the effects of the Adult Industry on a single man and a married couple who view porn & frequent xxx-clubs for 30 days. Strip club owners, dancers, porn stars and top experts reveal the industry in a fiery debate. Written by Brandon Keith

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Flawed Documentary
7 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you accept the idea that a documentary should document, without bias or agenda, this film was a flop. It is very deeply flawed due to its methodology.

I was pleasantly surprised by the four reviews here that preceded mine. None of them fell for the "arguments" of this film. I agree with almost all of what the other reviewers wrote. One said that viewers should watch the film with their thinking caps on. Failure to watch with a critical eye might lead someone to fall for some of the faulty logic in Adult Entertainment which, as another wrote, is similar to Reefer Madness.

At the beginning, it seemed like the filmmaker had intentions of presenting a balanced and logical view. But quickly, the film veers into logical mistakes, poor methodology and bias.

The "experts" are well chosen. But the film does not challenge their glaring inconsistencies and hyperbolic rhetoric. The landscape of these experts' analyses is on shaky ground, with terms being used loosely and opinions being presented as scientifically supported "facts". Terms like "obsession" and "addiction" are mixed together and their meanings are muddled by the words "crisis" and "compulsion". Causes and correlations are confused.

The filmmaker wonders if the "addiction" approach is an end-around by those who wish to avoid the free speech issues. But he allows them to take that tack anyway.

The film does contain some humor. The light approach makes the film watchable (and not totally laughable like Reefer Madness). The inherent bias is not as absurd as in a Michael Moore film.

In the end, the film does not place enough responsibility on parents. It looks to the government for all its solutions.

In one part, the sophistry amounts to the equation $ = power = bad. If the sex industry is big, it must be bad.

The subjects used in the "study" conducted by the filmmaker were a single guy and a married couple. Three people. Should we questions the results because of sample size? Duh. Some of the survey questions they were asked were peppered with absolutes, e.g. "All women..." This skews the results so they are easily misunderstood by non-professionals.

Arguments presented by the filmmaker and interviewees included many questionable premises, like "marriage is good" and "couples should tell each other about everything they think and experience".

At one point, they discuss The Big Question. Well the real Big Question is: "WHO do you want to tell you what you can do?"

The consortium of these sexual prohibitionists wants the government to dictate what is sexually "healthy", presumably because they know better than you do what is best for you. Thankfully, some of the therapists understand the bigger picture--that this is an issue of individual freedom. But even one guy who understands that still thinks we should leave it to the "community" to decide what is best for the individual, not the individual himself. The concept of "community standards" is just a smaller version of the unconstitutional idea of the government voiding individual freedoms. Were the Salem Witch Trials any better than the McCarthy Hearings just because they were on a local level?


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