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The sex is hot, so I suspect "The Turn On" passed muster with the fans when it was issued several years back. But viewed today it is mighty disappointing.
Robby D, who has directed large-scale and mere gonzo features for Digital Playground over the years, doesn't seem engaged with the material at all. Nominal storyline goes nowhere, and the cast members seem to direct themselves in some fairly intense sex clinches. The fake porn-speak and moaning and groaning of passion is not believable, however.
Due to poor scripting (no credit is given) and indifferent execution the film emerges as a paean to infidelity, I'm guessing not on purpose. Erik Everhard doesn't act very hard in his one-note portrayal of an uncaring husband, leaving poor wife Kayden Kross to horse around. Similarly, Kayden's beauty and enthusiasm for sex won me over, but her acting is also negligent, as in one big scene where I waited in vain for her big reaction shot and got the same 1/2 smile and poker face she used throughout the show.
Continental superstars Manuel Ferrara and Nacho Vidal, who seem revved up and ready to go at the drop of a hat, are impressive in the sack, and Kayden is supported by a varied group of beauties, notably Vicki Chase as her no-goodnik of a best friend, Jessie Volt as a little blonde dynamo and the scene stealers Franceska Jaimes and Bridgette B.
As a structuralist, the most serious defect here is one that porn fans likely won't notice at all, and certainly was beyond the ken of whatever passes for quality control at DP. Many times during the two hours a scene is either completed or winding down and instead of a proper transition the editor uses a harsh jump cut that takes us out of the scene into something new (one time weeks later) without any chance to adjust. I know this is porn, but throwing out all the rules of Editing 101 is ridiculous. And for a polished film to play more like a crappy 4 hours of filler porn compilation is uncalled for.
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