The sophistication that is the trademark of so many of Paul Thomas's best features for Vivid Entertainment is intentionally absent from "Take My Wife", a cornpone comedy presented as a Mercdez vehicle.
Nick Manning is insufferable as an egotistical country music star, his singing once again disproving Robert Altman's spurious "achievement" way back when with "Nashville", supposedly demonstrating that anybody can play and warble as good as bona fide country & western pro performers.
The screenplay credited to "Bein Lein" plays like a stupid dirty joke stretched out to feature length. Justin Magnum is the lucky bloke playing Mercedez's husband and he's willing to have her service Manning, stranded with car trouble in the sticks, in return for getting a big break alongside his partner Nick Jacobs, budding songwriters.
The country songs here have dirty lyrics befitting their appearance in a XXX movie, and the slapstick humor is consistently stupid and unfunny. We're left with Mercedez and other ultra-sexy femmes humping a lot. The necessary plot twist has waitress turned hooker of sorts Nicki Hunter foisted off as Magnum's wife, with the impersonation never given an ounce of credibilty via Thomas's sloppy direction. Supposedly, Manning only sees her in a photo and then in the shower from the rear, permitting him to be bamboozled.
One can almost feel one's brain cells evaporating while watching this idiotic farce, one of PT's laziest efforts. Of course it's meant to satisfy momentarily the once unquenchable fan thirst for new Mercedez sex footage, but hardly worth sitting through lo these many years later.
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