Adult Cinema's greatest director Paul Thomas shows his feel for the medium in this slight, likely forgotten little Vivid feature, impressive to me for its compact, miniature nature. Styled as a vehicle for star Cassidey, it contains a gem of a performance by unsung Danish import Denice K.
Cassidey as Lynn (aka Prudence, a hated nickname) and Denice as Diedre are old college chums, reunited when Diedre flies in to prepare for grad school. She's going to study documentary filmmaking, and this provides some rich and relevant content as to the psychology of people before the camera -how it changes them.
As signaled by the generic title (probably a precursor of so many latter-day porn features especially those on the Couples label Sweet Sinner), infidelity is the basic theme here. Lynn's hubby Chet (Jack Lawrence, the odd adult actor who has converted into frequent cop bit part player in mainstream cinema lately) inevitably falls for the visiting beauty and beds down with her. The story and structure are so simple most fans will emit a "ho-hum" reaction, but I love this stuff, harking back to the life-style story heyday of the '60s and '70s when Flower Power and free love were about in the land.
Rounding out the cast are the couple's best friends, Derrick Pierce as Randy and his girlfriend Selena. For no reason (and sadly not explained or hinted at in the lengthy BTS short subject on the DVD) two actresses play Selena, a technique introduced by Luis Bunuel in his classic "That Obscure Object of Desire".
Paul Thomas's use of the gimmick is even more obscure, as during a threesome scene, involving Selena, Randy and seductive Diedre, Selena in the person of Gwen Diamond wanders out of the room and a title is superimposed, apologizing to the viewership that for reasons beyond the filmmakers' control, Misty Magenta will take over the role of Selena immediately. Misty appears at the window, and the fake redhead joins in for the sex action, Gwen never to reappear.
Was she fired? Did she balk at doing explicit sex and need to be replaced (highly unlikely given Gwen's long list of porn credits)? If so, how fast was Misty transported to the set to complete the shoot that day? None of these mysteries are revealed, and the casual way PT treats this disaster is apparent in that Misty and Gwen are completely dissimilar looking - he might as well have gone from a White girl to a Black girl as Selena to make some point. Clearly, working with low budgets precludes what a mainstream film would do -namely re-shoot earlier scenes in the story where non-sex Gwen appears, or edit around her.
Denice K. is delightful throughout, a breath of fresh air on screen and embodying the free spirit life force that makes such a story work. She upstages Cassidey, but I've found that often to be the case (see many Mercedez vehicles) at Vivid where the "Vivid Girls" are the marketing hook for their features even if not the main characters of each story.
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