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Elektra Luxx (2010)

R | | Comedy, Drama | 14 March 2010 (USA)
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Life for porn actress Elektra Luxx gets turned upside down when she finds out she's pregnant.

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Elektra Luxx / Celia (as Taryn Gugino)
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Jimmy Cojones
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Thief #1
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Olive Rodriguez
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Pregnant porn star Elektra Luxx is trying to make a split from the adult film industry by making a living teaching sex classes to housewives. But her life is thrown into disarray when a flight attendant with ties to Elektra's past approaches her for a favor. Chaos and hilarity ensue as fiancees, private investigators, a twin sister, best selling authors and even the Virgin Mary force her to face up to an unexpected series of decisions and revelations. Written by Newport Beach Film Festival

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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$5,601, 13 March 2011, Limited Release

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$10,822, 27 March 2011
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character blogs about porn. In the film Don Jon his character has an addiction to porn. Don Jon also stars Julianne Moore, who makes a cameo in this movie. See more »

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Holly Rocket: I'm afraid of ponies. But I am wet with indecent happiness for you.
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References Judas Kiss (1998) See more »

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All I Wanna Do Is Fall In Love
Written by Robyn Hitchcock
Performed by Carla Gugino
Produced by DAVID COURY, Lem Jay Ignacio
Arranged by DAVID COURY
Mixed by Adam Hawkins
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Incredibly Quick Dialog And Wonderful Dialog Gives This Sequel A Real Kick
16 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Amazingly Strong Semi Sequel to 2009's Women In Trouble,improving on that one with its dialog alone. Elektra Luxx starts out strong right out of the gate plunging first into a wonderfully noirish plot providing so much fantastic dialog that it becomes a pleasure to listen to. The dialog IS the reason to seek this one out however you can because it is that good. There are so many fantastic one liners, and conversational two handers throughout. There are exchanges of dialog flying at you in all directions throughout that you end up just trying to absorb everything that was just said just so you can process it all-- reminding me a bit of "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" in that sense. This dialog not only provides the movie its spark--it made me want to hang around the theater for the 40 odd minutes after the end credits finished rolling to catch the next showing. I can only think of a handful of films that I've seen in theaters that have made me want to do that but i just had to hear this movie again pronto. Movie has three largely separate plot lines, but the characters do all know each other as they were all featured in the director's previous film "Women In Trouble." The main plot line involves now pregnant ex porn star Elektra Luxx--played by the dependably wry and endearing Carla Gugino-- who finds herself thrown into a plot line involving unpublished songs written about her by her dead lover from "Women In Trouble" as the young woman who was with him (when he died--and blames herself by the way) promises to give her those very songs which Luxx would like mostly for sentimental reasons in exchange for the tiny little favor in which Luxx seduces her fiancée. Lets just leave it at that because i can't really say what happens next but i will say that the film's not really plot driven as much as it is character driven, which would normally be a turn-off but when the characters are spouting as terrific dialog as they are here, there's a lot of pleasure to be had just from sitting back and listening to them talk their talk.

Elektra's plot line ends up alternating screen time with two other plot lines--one involving Joseph Gordon Levitt as Luxx's ultimate fan boy blogger trying to get a hold on his own life post Luxx's career, and one involving Electra's ex-porn star colleague also trying to get a hold on her own love life post Luxx's career. I should put in a strong word for former Friday Night Lights' actress Adrianne Palicki here who really holds the screen with star power as the big-hearted and adorably dim ex porn star herself. Palicki not only holds her own in her plot line but she delivers the lines with such perfect delivery and spot on timing that i do believe she could be not just a big movie star but a really first rate comedic actress as well. (we really need more of those right now too, way more then romantic leads or dramatic actresses.) Gordon Levitt doesn't fare quite as well here--he's fine but his character doesn't really have as much to do plot-wise--and honestly isn't as fully developed as the other two female characters are. (is he just an obsessive pervert stuck in his life or is he this dignified romantic? the two traits don't really gel.) The two other plot lines never exactly intersect with Elektra's (altho they do both know Elektra) but they are all thematically related. They're all trying to cope with and are scared of the changes in their lives to put it broadly. The film is really at heart more of an old fashioned melodrama then anything else--the end credits list a special thank you to Pedro Almodovar and that's exactly who's influence can be felt in just about every single thing i can think of here. (the wistfulness of its characters, its comedic dialog, its intimate heart to heart scenes, its candy color decor, the film's use of music, or even in the film's cracker jack pacing.) Almodovar is such a singular combination that no one's ever really tried to copy him before because it would be just too difficult to balance without really careful handling but writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez does such a terrific job balancing everything here that i sincerely look forward to seeing him spin other tales involving other sets of quirky yet sentimental and wise characters in the future. Say something not set in the porn world for example. If Gutierrez keeps up this level of production--he will hopefully be able to sustain a long term career doing these kinds of movies. Hell at the very least he should be able to provide regular work for muse Carla Gugino who in addition to delivering a knockout performance here will make you care for whether or not she'll emerge from her situation OK. She very very much deserves more big screen exposure other than the 3 movies Mr. Gutierrez together now counting women in trouble, and 1999's Judas Kiss-(itself a neat and twisty neo noir) has ably provided for her.

Do yourself a favor--if you like movies with fast dialog that you love to listen to check this one out--even if you're put off by the subject matter of an ex porn star restarting her life--you will find some terrific crackerjack dialog here. I can't imagine this one not having a very healthy shelf life on cable and DVD.I also have the high hope that after the third one comes out a CD of Robyn Hitchcock's music from all 3 of the films will be made available because the three songs from him that get played are all very catchy. There's Some Great Work Here--Well Worth Checking Out.


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