Part of the reason's got to be the silly sci-fi premise, which is about a female alien (get it, femalien?!) who comes to Earth to observe humans engage in sexual interaction. The movie doesn't consist of much more than 90 minutes of this femalien (played by Venesa Talor), calling herself Kara in a hilariously dumb scene, watching people have sex while getting off on it, even occasionally joining in on the fun. Well, okay, there is the subplot with the chick named Sun (Jacqueline Lovell) who owns a diner that's about to be shut down by a guy who owns a massaging company, but it pretty much exists only as a set-up for Talor and Lovell to get it on.
Femalien has a pretty decent sense of humor, which also places it above most films of its kind. Yeah, the jokes are silly, but they have a unique charm that works in its favor (and Venesa Talor is so gosh-darned gorgeous, you can't help but get sucked in by her character's naiveté). The production values are also quite pleasing, with decent-looking sets, excellent lighting, and solid photography.
There are numerous sex scenes in this film, so I'll give a rundown of the highlights. Let's see, there's the sexy photoshoot segment, with hottie Holly Hollywood. The other standouts include Venesa Talor's two love scenes, there's the first one with the guy in the diner and it's one of the best sex scenes I've seen, directed in a fashion that makes it both incredibly hot and romantic at the same time (the pleasing score helps, as well). There's also a very explicit love scene with Jacqueline Lovell, which is so graphic, I could almost swear they were really going at it. Nice. Watching Talor masturbate is another strong highlight, she really looks into it. As a whole, Femalien boasts more sex and nudity than most other softcore flicks I've seen. The usual movie in the genre usually devotes about a half-hour of screen time to the good stuff, but over 2/3's of Femalien's screen time typically features a hot woman in the nude or engaging in a hot love scene.
Performances are actually pretty decent considering the genre. Venesa Talor, in particular, excels as the hottie alien. It's got to be the naive and cheerful way she approaches every situation, which makes her an immensely charming and appealing character. She's also one of the hottest women I've ever seen, at times even resembling a young Elizabeth Taylor (but even sexier). Yeah, she's had work done on her breasts, but I for one think they look great and at any rate, are far more of a turn on than the ludicrous basketballs on Shauna O'Brien's chest. Venesa's also got one of the most adorable voices I've ever heard, so she's both a pleasure to stare at and listen to. In fact, some of the movie's best scenes are those that just feature Venesa casually lingering in the nude, whether it's out of plain naiveté (like in the massage scene) or after a bout of pleasurable sex. She just seems so comfortable with her body, moreso than most other softcore actresses.
Femalien sure isn't a good movie, not by a long shot, but it's an enjoyably silly one that can be easy to take thanks to non-stop sex and nudity. There's also a sequel, but I have yet to see the uncut version of it (which sort of defeats the purpose of watching softcore), though I clearly remember Venesa was barely in it, and that could only hurt the movie.
rating as a softcore film: A