Darla Crane returns as Darla, in only a slightly different role a year after her success in Volume 3 of this ongoing romantic series. The sex is hot and the oh-so-slight changes are interesting.
Porn is traditionally judged and consumed on the simple basis: is the sex hot and stimulating? But in watching the form over the years I find the subtext or implied messaging far more interesting.
In this case, Darla Crane has a young boyfriend Rocco moving in with her, and invites her new best pal Nica and Nica's son Seth to an evening's repast. Before that, Seth beds down with his sultry brunette girlfriend Giselle, to get the porn program rolling.
Next Darla humps b.f. Rocco, a dark and silent type. But there's already been sexual tension at the previous get-together. Darla phones Nica pretending to be too ill to attend their yoga class, and then visits Nica's home in her absence to seduce Seth. Nica arrives home early and sees the duo in bed, clearly a no-no.
Feature's finale has Nica getting all dolled up and visiting Rocco to seduce him, getting even with her deceitful friend. There's no resolution to the minor story. The underlying message is really a variation on the old-hat porn proselytizing: people in the industry believe they are constantly striking a blow for free expression, opening up the viewer's sexual horizons and gradually freeing our society from its traditional Puritan and Victorian strictures. So Nica and Darla will continue their jealous dance to the music of time, perhaps someday (in Vol. 69?) coming to the logical conclusion of bedding down together.
This is so similar to Darla's appearance in Vol. 3 that Vol. 5 appears to be redundant. But it is the very minute differences that propel interest in certain genres, notably the most repetitive and structured ones like horror films, sex films and martial arts films. Audiences for these genres have come to expect exactly the same overall experience each time (same was quite true for the B-Westerns but sadly that genre has officially died).
It is just the slightest filigree of action, twist or stylistic wrinkle (e.g., a clever move or gesture by the late Bruce Lee) that generates a bit of novelty. For Darla in Vols. 3 & 5 of this May/December sex series the degree of sameness is the most striking element for fans to appreciate.
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