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The documentary plays off more of a "reality TV" vibe, following the life of 1 girl in a more detailed fashion and input on various scenarios by the other 4-5 girls.
These girls all live with what I believe they called a casting agent. Basically a not very bright man who posts on websites offering attractive women flights to Miami. These girls end up living with the casting agent for anywhere from a month to(if they are "lucky") 3 months on average.
All with the hopes of "making it big" in the industry. Making it big is basically advertising yourself via Instagram, twitter, and growing a fan base so that there is a "demand" for the actress and getting her to do scenes. All of these girls are told they have a high chance of a low lifespan in this industry. Even the Cast Agent/Pimp(trust me it's a gray area) tells them this.
I feel like the documentary missed a lot of opportunities. While the camera following a now former porn actress, Stella, shows insight into dealings with her family, she was obviously one of, if not the, brightest of the bunch.
Out of all the girls, Jade comes across as a burnout and I would not be surprised to find she is doing hard drugs. This question about drugs is never asked and while we do see some of the amateur porn "actresses" smoking marijuana, it would have been interesting to find out if harder drugs are used commonly within the house.
At one point in the documentary, the dimmest bulb, Jade(24 years old), makes comments on her breasts. She is apparently getting implants sometime during/after the documentary takes place. One of the other girls says she really wants implants. The Casting Agent/Pimp then says "she isn't allowed because she isn't a MILF(Mother I Like to F***) like Jade is". Here's where the documentary could have really taken a turn.
So we have Jade, a girl who is clearly lost and in her very own teenager-like words says "there is no black or white to me". Is she a MILF because she is 24 years old(oldest in the house), or does she really have a child, making her a mother? Is the child living in the house with the other 4-5 porn actresses and the Pimp? Did she abandon her child? Where is her family?
I think we all realize that money is just one factor for why these girls do what they do. Midway through most of the girls, excluding Jade realize that morally(if I can use that word) what they are doing is not a gray area. Halfway through the documentary you can see it in their faces.
The only reason I even give this documentary 3 starts is because of the few sequences that do engage the viewer. Stella's meeting with her family and her relationship with her boyfriend are the most redeeming parts of the film. The boyfriend(Kendall) starts off as being accepting, but as Stella needs to perform more niche fetishes, he starts to really be affected. At some point you realize that off camera Stella has tried several times to leave.
I wish the film would have delved more into the motives of these girls. Is it simply the money? Was there previous molestation? Like I mentioned above, what about drug use. Are they otherwise stable girls? While some of these answers may be clear to the viewer, I'd like to see how delusional these girls are.
To the Pimp's credit, it does seem like he warns the girls what they are getting into. There is a bit of conflicting information however as Stella states she realized the craigslist ad she responded to was for porn "sometime after I boarded the plane". The Pimp says that he tells these girls their families WILL find out and these films they participate in do not disappear, they are forever. Which is funny because one of the girls is not willing to commit to a boyfriend that may or may not be temporary but she has no problem committing to something that is forever.
One of the final clips shows Jade and another girl watching a YouTube video of Belle Knox, one of the amateurs who gained world wide recognition(something these 2 will never have). At one point they Zoom in at Jade and I tried not to laugh. The jealously coming out of her eyes, insecurity just flowing from her. You can't help but feel pity. This is the type of girl that stares down other women at malls.
But let us not forget, these are all consenting adults. They have the absolute right to film scenes where a family friend/member takes advantage of them. They have the right to, regardless of what one of the girls says, be demeaned, spoken down to, made to vomit. They are just inventory in this industry but somehow they can keep their self respect.
The Documentary ends with a follow up slide show of where the girls are now. I won't spoil it for you but one of them still does web cam because "she is in control". I'm sure you can guess who it is.
At the end, what I got out of the documentary, was that these girls have easier access to make stupid decisions than generations before them. Lasting decisions, but decisions nonetheless. I was also left with a sick feeling hoping there isn't a child living in the Pimp House.
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