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Porn: Business of Pleasure (2009)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  25 May 2009 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Lee ...
Herself - Host
Steve Hirsch ...
Himself - Co-Founder, Vivid Entertainment
Herself - Adult Actress
Himself - Director, The Girlfriend Experience
Herself - Adult Actress
Samantha Lewis ...
Herself - Digital Playground President
Nick Thompson ...
Himself - Wired Magazine
Max Hardcore ...
Himself - Adult Actor, Max World Entertainment (as Paul Little)
Patrick Trueman ...
Himself - USDOJ, Former Chief of Child Exploitation & Obscenity Section
Herald Price Fahringer ...
Himself - Constitutional Lawyer
Michael Leahy ...
Himself - Author & Recovering Porn Addict
Joy King ...
Herself - VP Special Projects, Wicked Pictures
Allison Vivas ...
Herself - President, Pink Visual
Herself - Co-Founder, Burning Angel Entertainment
Herself - Adult Actress


CNBC takes a behind the scenes look at the Porn Industry and examines challenges facing the industry including censorship and the competition from free online porn. It also looks at the executive and production roles that are now being filled with women and interviews pornographic actress Jesse Jane. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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Ultimately unsatisfying
16 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show takes a superficial look at the provocative and glitzy world of porn but barely seems to scratch the surface of what's really going on in the business.

We get broad-brush statements about the history of porn -- we're told it dates to caveman days -- and about how the Internet poses challenges by making so much of this stuff free. About how porn execs have come to include women in their ranks, how porn addiction has entered the annals of psychiatric ailment, and how stars like the vulgarly made-up Jesse Jane have huge followings.

If the porn trade is going gangbusters, what does that really say about our society? After all, hours and dollars spent on porn mean resources drained from other pursuits. What are the purposes of porn -- to arouse lonely guys or re-inject energy into couples' bedrooms? Its uses aren't examined at all. And what of the addiction issue? We gain no insight into what turns a consumer into a victim.

Nor do we gain much of an understanding of the headliners, these surgically enhanced, bottled-bleached caricatures who perform sex acts on cue. What does this kind of job do to a person? (Ms. Jane has a husband and child but we never hear a word from them.)

The show points out that with the proliferation of high def, even divas like Ms. Jane won't be able to work forever. Yet nothing is said about where porn stars go when the next dazzling body comes along.

Michelle Lee seems to have tried her best with this, but I didn't find the show very gratifying.

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