KK shines in way better than usual Robby at DP romance
After seeing dozens of Digital Playground's romantic features shot by house director Robby D. in the wake of the label's "Pirates" successes, this is the best of a usually bad lot. That's because Robby took a serious tone for a change (rather than his lame attempts at mimicking mainstream rom-coms) and leading lady Kayden Kross is quite affecting. Her name is trademarked by DP, but somehow she has emerged on her own in recent years directing increasingly interesting projects, still using the same stage name without DP's involvement.
The story, like several other DP shows, is structured around KK's therapy sessions with kindly shrink Manuel Ferrara, whose acting is low-key and far more effective than usual. Someone should check what was in the water during Robby's shoot, given these fine results for a change.
She has tired of her husband Scott Nails (probably because he pops up in almost every DP film from this period, before moving on to Brazzers), and the script credited not to Robby but to "Scarlett L." has surprising nuance concerning KK's inability to determine exactly what's wrong with her marriage. Of course she ultimately ends up in the sack with Manuel (her future collaborator on many a video project), but the show is interesting in the interim.
It's impossible to feel sorry for Scott, especially because we see him unfaithful to Kayden, and also because he gets plenty of sack time on screen not just with her but with such lovelies as Jessie Andrews and busty Breanne Benson. Robby pads his bets by also featuring superstar Lisa Ann, hot with whipped cream and her hubby Tommy Gunn. Lisa's stint is not merely the expected extraneous sex scene (for variety) but a good counterpoint in depicting the contrast between Gunn/Lisa's contented couple and the cool customers Scott & Kayden.
Main drawback here is Robby's deficient camera work, overusing close-ups and cropping and even lazily forgetting to move the camera in some scenes when there is character movement, so that heads are lopped off even in dialog situations. This guy is a cameraman and director, but never seems to have heard of the term "blocking", let alone other niceties beyond recording gonzo sex in focus.
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