Rivals (2008)

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Cast

Cast overview:
Heather Silk Heather Silk ... Heather
Samantha Ryan
Mia Presley ... Mia
Sinn Sage Sinn Sage
Holly Wellin Holly Wellin ... Holly
Nica Noelle Nica Noelle
Kylie Ireland ... Kylie
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Adult | Drama | Romance

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Canada

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English

Release Date:

25 June 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sweetheart Video See more »
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Exciting lesbian cat-fights; series should have been a hit
10 November 2015 | by lor_See all my reviews

Other than defaulting to the assumption that the public has poor taste, I don't know why Nica Noelle's superior series "Rivals" did not succeed. Even the leading Lesbian porn label, Girlfriends Films, does not have a counterpart, leaving this interesting sub- genre virtually untapped.

It's a porn natural, in that the actresses don't have to pull a Judi Dench or Meryl Streep range of histrionics but rather execute an old-fashioned cat-fight that leads into the inevitable lesbian sex. The protagonists here do it very well and the sex is up to snuff, too.

My favorite vignette is obviously where the auteur gets down, Nica fighting jealously over some man with one of her favorite leading ladies Kylie Ireland. This is especially delightful because Kylie is dominant during the ensuing sex, pushing her director around and slapping her in the bargain. I would have thought that if a Lesbian audience didn't cotton to this material, at least a Gay following would get a kick out of their shenanigans.

Opening segment is a flashback introduced by iconic Samantha Ryan, about sex with fellow student Heather Silk. This tryst is memorable due to casting, as Heather is one of the few porn actresses even prettier than Sam. The violence quotient as they initially slap each other around is more campy than realistic.

Sinn Sage stars in the remaining two vignettes, portraying contrasting characters. As sub, she is dominated by Mia Presley, as rivals in a beauty contest (competition not shown). Mia portrays a veteran of such foolishness, while Sinn is just there to raise some cash for college. After their scuffle, Mia declares: "You're gonna do exactly what I say" and proceeds to virtually rape Sage. This being porn, rape turns to Sage ecstasy in just a few nanoseconds, whew!

In the finale, Sage turns the tables by showing up at Holly Wellin's apartment and berating her for stealing her boyfriend. That gambit is pretty meek in lesbian porn, so after their sparring Sage takes the lead in some good, old-fashioned Sapphic sex. I had seen Wellin many times in gonzo roles, and was surprised to hear her thick accent here -actually getting some dialog & characterization for a change.

Except for some obvious mutants, like boxing-themed lesbian sagas, the concept of physical fighting between women remains a genre non-starter, while literally thousands of videos are being shot involving step-mother or step-sister sex, running that motif into the ground. Go figure.


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