Perhaps I was somewhat rash to devote my time and hard-earned money to surveying the career of writer-director David Stanley, after being impressed with several of his latter-day scripts for B. Skow, as well as a couple of interesting videos of his own. He was a prolific Vivid and Wicked director a decade back, but this assembly-line junker reveals his feet of clay.
Tawny Roberts is the Vivid contract star in the title role, a misleading one in any event. I was a big fan of soft-core sex queen Tanya Roberts in her post-"Charlie's Angels" career, and that mainstream actress is certainly far closer to the title mention than Tawny.
Ms. XXX Roberts is merely a plastic-looking blonde bombshell, indistinguishable from scores of pretenders who keep popping up in the quest for that brass ring once grabbed by the likes of Jenna Jameson, Anna Nicole Smith, Pam Anderson, Stormy Daniels or closer to home, Vivid's Savanna Samson. Of this type, Tawny most closely resembles a star I have never liked: Jesse Jane.
Stanley concocts a most unconvincing story line of her infatuation with the great porn farceur Eric Masterson, cast this time in a more serious vein as a fairly pathetic schlub who doesn't know how to cope with such a pretty girl wasting her time on him. As often is the case, Stanley is onto something potentially deep and meaningful, as Eric represents the lowly male viewer infatuated with unattainable "Vivid Girls", the closest to which one is likely to get is by buying one of those anatomically correct love dolls fabricated in her image and sold on the website, or posing for a picture with her at some inane AVN trade show.
However, the actual vignettes are excuses for Tawny and fellow beauties Jessica Jaymes, Ashley Blue and Delilah to hump, with Tawny coming off as quite unsympathetic. Eric's reversal of fortune, going from a dumped-on nobody who's fired by his nutso boss Randy Spears (overplaying as usual) to becoming the head of the company thanks to Tawny's dad owning the firm is strictly b.s. and never believable. The movie's cheap sets and claustrophobic stagings belie it coming from the leading company of its day, Vivid. Just like the major mainstream Hollywood studios, Vivid apparently had to crank out a dozen low-budget quickies to balance against its schedule of costly blockbusters.
NOTE: Stanley returned to this material with much of the same cast in "Unlovable", and displayed on screen in a key scene a VHS box for "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" as a cross-reference.
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