Running Time: 80 min.
Production Date: 1996
Director: Candida Royalle
Initial Expectations: I’ve had mixed results from Femme’s line. I’m not really sure what to expect here.
Initial Reaction: It’s far from perfect, but one of the best I’ve seen from Candida Royalle.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting something more on the erotic and almost softcore side of adult films
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting consistent sex scenes or to see pop shots in each scene.
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects aren’t too bad. The audio is clear and well balanced, and has few signs of background noises or any other problems. The video isn’t quite as good. There’s some noticeable pixelation, which is just beyond looking slightly grainy. There’s also a few remnants that pop up now and then. The lighting varies throughout the feature, but ends up enhancing things rather than interfering with them.
Music: The music is very nicely done. It varies a bit, but is normally sexy and soft. It’s also normally very well balanced with the rest of the audio.
Menus: The menus are decently done. The main menu has some nice animation and design to help it give a good first impression. The chapter menu is okay, and lets you choose a scene only from a small clip from each scene.
The Feature: Jeanna Fine is fairly well known as a discrete director of adult films. She likes to bring couples’ fantasies to life, and is known for keeping the scenes quiet if the people want a personal film that they don’t want others to know about. She runs into a problem when she meets a man who’s interested in her. She’s afraid of losing control, but he’s afraid of losing her.
Nici Sterling and Wilde Oscar start things off in front of the camera for Jeanna Fine, living out their fantasy of Oscar being a professor with Nici as a naughty schoolgirl. Oscar bends Nici over his desk and spanks her ass after she finishes up at the blackboard. Nici shows just how naughty she is by getting down and giving Oscar a bit of head before letting him fuck her from behind. Nici only takes a few pumps from Oscar (which you never see) before she sucks him until he pops in his mouth.
As usual for Candida’s movies, there’s a very strong start here. It’s fun and the spanking is very nicely done. Unfortunately, once it gets to the actual fucking it drops to the ground as faster than a Kennedy’s car going off a bridge. It’s really too bad because the scene does have a great start which should make it finish well above average rather than lacking as badly as it does.
Jill Kelly and Mark Davis go in front of Jeanna’s camera next. Jill starts out laying back on a couch wearing a pinstripe suit smoking a cigar while Mark poses for her. He comes over and kisses his way around her legs and down to her pussy as Jill lays back with her stogie. She has Mark strip for her as she continues to smoke, and lets him have her cigar as she sucks his cock. Jill lets Mark fuck her from behind and missionary style before he pops on her sweet natural tits.
This is a pretty hot scene that should have been scorching! As usual I love the opening to the scene and the fucking lacks a bit. It’s much better than normal here as there’s actually a couple positions rather than just one and a pop shot at the end. The biggest problem here is that I didn’t like the camera angles. You either get a close up of the penetration or the star’s faces. You never get to see both the penetration and the star’s reactions at the same time, which is a shot I always want to see!
Next up, Alex Sanders comes over to Jeanna Fine’s in an attempt to continue a relationship. He takes control of the video camera and tapes Jeanna as he questions her before slowly undressing her and working her over orally and with his fingers. The scene cuts out before Alex ever breaks anything out for Jeanna to work with.
This is just a tease scene, but it’s very nicely done. It has a great pace and ends up as one of the hottest scenes in the movie. I guess that only stands to reason as all of Candida’s foreplay and oral sections are fucking hot, while ironically the fucking sucks.
Gina Rome, a nice looking brunette, takes on Claudio, who looks like he might have double dated with Calvin Coolidge, in the penultimate scene. They meet at the funeral of Claudio’s brother, who was Gina’s husband, and end up stripping down and going at it in front of the casket. Claudio works Gina over orally before they work through cowgirl, missionary, and doggie. They finally bring things to a close with a little spooning before Claudio appears to pop in her pussy.
This is a nicely done scene. The lead-in is nicely done, as usual, and has just a hint of cheese. The sex is even done pretty well, and I’m thrilled that there’s more than just one position and that you actually see it happening. Even the ending seems decent here, as it actually looks like Claudio might have popped. My only complaint here is that the positions seemed to flash by fairly quick, and with the great chemistry between Gina and Claudio I think the scene would have been much hotter if it would have lasted a few minutes longer to give each position a little more time.
Finally, Jeanna Fine and Alex Sanders hook up. They slowly explore each other before Alex drops down to tongue Jeanna’s twat. Jeanna returns the favor, and even takes Alex all the way into her throat, before letting him spoon her. Alex also gives it to Jeanna from behind and missionary style before appearing to pop inside her.
This is a satisfying closing scene. It’s soft, but it fits what’s happened between Jeanna and Alex. There’s great chemistry and passion between them, and the internal pop is done convincingly. There’s tremendous feeling in this scene, and it easily makes up for the softness of the scene.
My Surrender is a nicely done couples movie. The plot is very nicely done, and has a human touch that rarely comes out in adult films. Jeanna does a fantastic job in the lead, and really adds great depth to her role. She’s nicely matched by Alex Sanders, who nicely appears as a sexy guy that you feel Jeanna should want to be with. Chemistry and casting like this doesn’t seem to happen much in adult films, and the job Jeanna and Alex do in the non-sex portions of the movie definitely drive the movie. The sex, sadly, has some problems. The foreplay in each section is fabulous. It takes the time to let something build in each scene with each scene having a bit of its own feel, and is easily the strongest part of each scene. Everything after the foreplay, however, normally disappoints. In almost every scene it’s quick, the camera work seems extremely limited, and gave me a feeling that whoever was behind the camera was afraid of sex. It’s not the feeling I think anybody wants to get from an adult film! My Surrender shows a lot of potential from Candida Royalle, but sadly it never fully takes advantage of it.
Extras: The message from Candida Royalle lasts about two minutes and lets Candida talk some about Femme Studios and why she started making adult movies. The scrapbook lasts nearly three minutes with about six seconds per nice looking snapshot or full screen photo. There’s also a commentary, a bio for Candida which lasts about three minutes, a commercial for her Natural Contours vibe, weblinks, and trailers for Stud Hunters and The Bridal Shower.
Candida Royalle also gives a commentary for this feature. For a solo commentary, Candida does pretty good. There’s a fair amount of dead air, but Candida also talks quite a bit about the movie. She talks her movies in general and how they’ve changed over time, the performers, and the little bit of herself throughout the movie. It’s a nice commentary that’s definitely worth a listen if you’re a fan of Candida’s movies or if you’d like to learn a little more about them.
Themes: Straight, spanking, and smoking
Condoms Usage: None
Raincoat Factor: Medium
Overall: Currently, most of Femme’s DVDs can be found online for between $14 and $28 with a few stores offering them near the low end. If you’re curious about Candida’s movies, this is a good place to start. It’s sexy with a decent plot and okay scenes. The technical aspects lack a little, but Candida’s commentary makes a good extra.
Note to Femme / Candida Royalle: It was really nice to see a little sex here rather than just foreplay! You’ve got some great talent here, but I think your movies suffer because you don’t seem to be willing to let it flow through the entire scene and stop it with the fucking. If you could keep the flow and feeling you have going through the foreplay through the entire scene, you’d definitely have some of the best couples movies out there!
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