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Barely Legal 12

Studio: Hustler
Category:  All Sex , Barely Legal
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Saki's ratings for Barely Legal 12:
Overall Rating 4 stars
Barely Legal 12 overall rating 4 stars
Female Looks Barely Legal 12 Female looks rating 4.5 stars
Male Looks Barely Legal 12 Male looks rating 2.5 stars
Sex Barely Legal 12 Sex rating 3.5 stars
 
Plot/Acting Barely Legal 12 Plot/Acting rating 1.5 stars
Extras Barely Legal 12 DVD Extras rating 3 stars
Audio/Video Quality Barely Legal 12 A/V Quality rating 3.5 stars
Worth$17.50
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Reviewed by Saki  on  2/8/2002
Barely Legal 12 (2001)
Studio
Hustler

Director
Clive McLean

Starring
Jassie, Victoria Style, Sabrine Maui, Alexia, Nadia, Swan Hope, Bunny Luv, Randy, Nick East, Don Fernando, and Tony Pounds

Running Time
1:23

DVD Format
Single Sided, Single Layer

Special Features
Animated menus with full motion video; full-motion video chapter selection menu; 5-minute profile of director Clive McLean; 20-picture photo gallery; and trailers for Barely Legal, Snoop Dogg's Doggy Style 1, Pornovision, Hustler XXX, and Mr. Beaver

Themes
Fresh, young talent, girl next door, small & natural breasts, facials, anal, outdoor sex, lesbian

If You Liked This DVD, You Should Enjoy
Any Barely Legal or Bring 'Um Young DVD

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The First Word: You'd be hard pressed to find a better director for shooting fresh, young talent than Clive McLean or a better teen series than Barely Legal.

What's It About?: Each of the 5 scenes in this volume is a vignette with a short setup and a lot of sex.  They begin with the trademark "Dear Barely Legal" letter read by the girl.  It's total B.S. in the cheesy and over-the-top Barely Legal sort of way (as anyone who has seen the newsstand mag will confirm), but it's not obnoxiously so, and you quickly forget about the setup as these 18-year olds shed their clothes.  Here's a quick look:

Jassie & Randy - She's an assistant stylist, he's supposed to be a famous teen rock star.  At a "music video shoot," "Richie Rock" goes back with Jassie into the dressing room for a wardrobe change.  As she pulls down his jeans to exchange them for a pair of leather pants, she exposes his cock, and naturally decides to suck on it.  After about a minute of sucking his limp dick, this thin, long-haired brunette, strips down to her jeans, leaving her perfect A-cups exposed.  This seems to do the trick for Richie as his wood begins to firm up.  After a few minutes of getting blown, he begins to lap at her nicely shaven pussy lips as she's standing then continues to spend quite a bit of time eating her out.  Of course, they do the deed in most of the standard positions, but it's not that impressive, either because of the mechanical screwing action or our rock star's skinny dick.  Either way, the scene finishes with a pathetic, oozing facial from his mostly flaccid member.

Victoria Style & Nick East - Next up, Victoria, a Latina with slightly saggy (but natural!) boobs and a pierced clit, comes to an artist studio to be a nude model.  Veteran woodsman Nick East is sporting a beard and his 80s long hair, fitting the part of an artist.  But instead of painting her portrait, he starts to paint on her body, and then it's all porn after that.  I'm not really into seeing Nick fuck (I'm not watching porn for the guys, but when they become a distraction, I can't help but say something).  Victoria seems to be into it, and she's quite vocal, although not in an annoying or obviously fake Teri Weigel sort of way.  Like the first scene, it ends with a really half-assed facial.

Sabrine Maui & Don Fernando - Sabrine plays a Vietnamese-American who returns to Saigon to visit her aunt.  While having lunch in a restaurant in a mall that looks suspiciously like any number of Asian strip malls in the Los Angeles area, she's picked up by an American who says she reminds him of his best friend's wife.  They return to her aunt's place, which is basically a mattress on the floor surrounded by oriental screen and lanterns.  He goes on about how she looks like this woman, but she matter-of-factly tells him that she doesn't care and that she just wants to fuck him.  And so she does.  I'm sure her slim figure, long black hair, small breasts, and large brown nipples will meet with the approval of those who have an Asian fetish.  The highlights of this scene are a brief but hot moment of reverse cowgirl cunnilingus and some great penetration shots combined with Don's expert thrusting and hip gyrations -- it's infinitely better than the very artificial action in the first two scenes.  The vignette finishes up with several minutes of anal before Don pops directly on her tongue.

Alexia & Tony Pounds - This young couple are looking for a place to fuck, but aren't having much luck:  their parents' houses are out, and his Beemer is too small (must be rough).  So they settle on a rooftop of a warehouse overlooking Hollywood.  Alexia, another Barely Legal fashion doll with her thin build, small natural tits, and shaved pussy, is obviously versed in the sexual arts as she begins with a nice hands-free blowjob.  Her boyfriend, sporting buzzed mutton-chops, earrings, and pierced brows, then goes down on her.  It's not long before they are screwing, and Clive McLean shows his genius in photographing hardcore as the two fuck in standing doggie and straddling reverse cowgirl that both afford amazing penetration shots.  The facial has all the makings of a great one with the setting sun casting an orange glow on Alexa's body as she begs for Tony to cum in her mouth.  Unfortunately, due to some poor editing, we are treated to a seeming endless sequence of him trying to jack himself off that really messes up an otherwise great scene.

Nadia, Swan Hope, & Bunny Luv - Just like a no-hitter going into the ninth that is broken up, we almost had a video without any girl-girl.  But the no-no is blown by a three-way lesbian romp.  Bunny, who was in the first volume of Barely Legal, comes into the Barely Legal shipping warehouse, where Nadia and Swan are packing VHS tapes into boxes.  They recognize her as the box pretty girl, and start asking her questions about what it was like to be in a porno.  The topic of girls comes up, and of course, Swan hasn't ever been with a girl (but she's curious).  That's all the invitation Bunny needs to begin showing them the ways of lesbian love.  These three beauties manage to hit the major buttons for guys:  girls kissing, talking dirty, sucking tits, caressing boobs, and eating one another.  Did I mention that these girls are beautiful?  From Nadia's exotic look to Bunny's fabulous tits & brunette hairdo to Swan's fair skin and red hair, they are a nice ending to this video.

What I liked: Girl Next Door, almost jail bait:  While other series try to claim they have the youngest women allowed by law, this series really brings that home.  The girls (and some of the guys) look like they knocked on Hustler's door at 12:01 a.m. on their 18th birthday.  They also are painfully attractive and are all-natural.  It's almost unreal to see them getting fucked, since they don't have the typical porn star aura about them.  It's fresh talent like this that keep guys like me from rolling my eyes when I see another "just eighteen" type of video starring girls who have been in the business for several years already.

He knows how to shoot hardcore: I've already said that Clive McLean knows what he's doing.  If you've ever seen a copy of Hustler magazine, you've definitely seen his work.  In addition to getting just the right lighting, angles, and positioning, he manages to make people look good while doing things that are very bad.  As he says in the short documentary on the DVD, he tries to avoid "sagging tummies" and other unattractive bits.  You'll never see a bored look or have to endure another guy's hairy, sweaty ass.  And you're assured of plenty of definitely X-rated action in lots of varieties.  Clive is to porn as Ben & Jerry is to ice cream: fun, creative, and full of fresh ingredients. 

What I didn't like: Reading, not acting: I know that the "Dear Barely Legal," letters are bullshit, but I'd get a lot more erotic mileage from the setups if the girls didn't sound like they were standing up in front of class reading passages from a novel.  It sounds like they are reading directly from a script -- I'm not looking for Shakespearean actors here, but is it too much to ask to say the lines with some feeling?  Saying "I wanted to fuck him" without feeling and in a monotone voice really says the opposite...

Just because you're in a porno doesn't mean you know how to fuck:  Maybe it's because they are young and new to the business, but just because it's Barely Legal doesn't excuse limp wood, mechanical fucking, or having to jack off for minutes to cum.  Unless the idea is to capture the nervousness of youth, the editor is falling asleep in the edit bay to allow minutes of junk filler into this otherwise very good video.

DVD Extras: The main value-add to this DVD is a short profile of director and Hustler photographer Clive McLean.  In it we get to see his directorial style behind the scenes and some of his hobbies.  Even though I wish it were longer, it's an entertaining few minutes and offers a rare glimpse into what a hardcore magazine photoshoot looks like.  I also found myself wanting to know more about Clive, such as his background and why he does what he does.

A/V Quality: The video quality is outstanding and stands up very well even under close scrutiny.  No jaggies, pixellation, or master tape glitches that normally plague DVDs of this type.  The brightness may be a little on the dark side, as evidenced by the darker than normal vidcaps to the left, but it's not that bad really.  Audio is likewise pretty good, although the timing and choice of music are sometimes not ideal -- the porno beat tends to start and stop randomly, and there are often large gaps of only production sound.  Finally, the volume level drops to the floor during the Alexia and Tony scene to the point that if you don't crank the volume, you're likely to miss the entire "Dear Barely Legal..." voiceover intro.

The Last Word: With three good scenes and two so-so scenes, I think this is a pretty good installment of the Barely Legal series.  Again, Clive McLean is pretty much god when it comes to taking pretty young things and shooting them in hardcore in a classy, "magazine" way.  Just as other directors have their signature look, it's not hard to identify Clive's work.  For the most part, it's fun to watch, and if you're into seeing truly 18-year olds bump and grind with other 18-year olds, it can be an incredible turn-on.  This isn't the best volume in the series, but it's well worth the purchase price for a glimpse at this crop of newbies and for the nice lesbo scene with the ever-delicious Bunny Luv.

- Saki (saki@my.adultdvdtalk.com)



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