Running Time: 79 min.
Production Date: 1997
Director: Candida Royalle
Cast: Melissa Hill, Missy, Nina Hartley, Porsche Lynn, Sharon Kane, Guy DaSilva, John Curtis, Jonathan Morgan, Mickey G., and Mike Horner
Initial Expectations: Iíve had mixed results from Femmeís line. Iím not really sure what to expect here.
Initial Reaction: It has many of the usual faults of Candida Royalleís movies, but isnít too bad.
Who Should Watch It : Anybody whoís afraid that a regular adult film is going to be too scary and intense
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting consistent scenes or pop shots
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are pretty good here. The audio is clear and well balanced, and I didnít notice a single background noise. The video is much the same. Itís nicely lit, and even uses shadows to its advantage in one scene, and has very little grain.
Music: The music is soft and sexy. It varies in style a little throughout the movie, and enhances every scene.
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: Before Missy gets married, Nina Hartley, Melissa Hill, Sharon Kane, and Porsche Lynn get together to throw her a quiet bridal shower. No strippers, no alcohol, no drugs, itís a wonder why Ninaís husband Guy DiSilva makes fun of it! Guy doesnít realize that theyíre going to end up swapping sex stories so they can learn how to better please themselves and their lovers.
Sharon Kane and John Curtis start things out on a picnic in the country. The start out with some fruit before stripping down and working the fruit (and some whipped cream) into their foreplay. They move on through a little sixty-nining and show a condom in the wrapper before it magically appears between them with Sharon riding John. You never see the penetration, and an orgasm for either of them is also debatable.
This is an okay opening scene. As usual with Candidaís movies, the foreplay is very good. It takes its time, but seems afraid to really show much. It gets worse for the fucking, which is so soft that one might as well fast forward through it.
Porsche Lynn gets it on with Mike Horner after telling him that they can have sex but not intercourse. Mike isnít too happy about her conditions, but decides a little is better than nothing. He plays along with her rather than excusing himself to the bathroom, working himself over until heís ready to pop, and coming back out to her so that as soon as she touches him itís one stroke, DONE!!! She lets Mike eat her out, after cutting him off heís turned on at her mere touch, but he turns the tables on her and stops her when he senses her getting into it. Finally, they break the rules and Mike slips it into Porsche from behind. Mike finishes things off by appearing to pop inside Porsche.
This is an okay scene. The foreplay is okay here. Part of me likes the variation, but another part of me really hated it as it made the scene quite frustrating. The sex is okay, and isnít completely horrible as Mikeís pop actually looks fairly realistic, but doesnít quite make it to the average level.
Jonathan Morgan and Melissa Hill get busy in the third scene as Melissa talks about doing something a little different with the help of a blindfold. After he blindfolds her, Jonathan talks quietly to Melissa, runs his hands across her body, and lets his tongue run wild across her body. He guides Melissa off the bed and onto her knees to suck his cock, and takes him all the way into her throat several times. Finally, Melissa lets Jonathan apparently pop in her mouth.
This is a pretty good oral scene. The enhanced senses with the blindfold is brought out nicely, and Melissa does a great job taking him into her throat. The scene is fairly preachy, which brought it down a bit for me, especially because the preachy feeling builds up through the movie.
Missy shares her fantasy of taking on Nina Hartley in the penultimate scene. They start out making dinner in the kitchen. They slowly feed each other the food while exploring each otherís body before theyíre discovered by Mickey G. Mickey watches them through the kitchen window before coming in to join them. He watches them inside, and gets a taste of Nina from kissing Missy before they trade off eating Nina. Mickey sits back and strokes himself while watching the girls take care of each other before they team up to work on him. Finally, Mickey fucks Missy from behind as Nina licks them both from beneath. Finally, the scene just cuts out.
This is an extremely hot scene, and easily the best scene Iíve watched from Candida Royalle. Thereís excellent chemistry and energy here, and the scene flows very well. I love how Mickey joins the scene, and as hot as the girls had things going, I was amazed when it was kicked up yet another notch by Mickey joining them. That said, the scene does have some problems. First, the opening wasnít as impressive as it might have been due to food not being used in foreplay in many movies and appearing in two of them here. Itís nicely done, but just seems redundant and a little less creative than normal because itís the second appearance of food. The other problem I had here was the lack of a pop shot, or even looking like an internal pop. This is supposed to be a fantasy scene, and is mostly based on Missy relating Mickeyís fantasy. As a mostly male fantasy where thereís a lot of sharing going on, this would have been a great place for Mickey to pop in Missyís mouth and then swap it to Nina. Even with the food play feeling redundant here, that kind of ending would have made this a five star scene! Itís still darn good and a solid four stars as is, but it still leaves room for improvement.
Finally, Nina Hartley gets it on with Guy DiSilva after giving him a video that she and the girls made with plenty of lingerie and a few sex toys and doing a strip tease for him. They work each other over orally before Guy gives it to Nina missionary style. She also rides him cowgirl style before guy appears to pop inside her.
This is a pretty good scene, but it really could have used a few more minutes. The tease is nicely done, but felt rushed, and much of the fucking flashed by so fast that you wouldnít even think of using the fast forward button! Thereís some okay chemistry to it, but itís just so fast that it ends up feeling a bit like an afterthought rather than the resolution of the entire movie.
The Bridal Shower is a pretty good softer couples movie. The plot is okay, but comes off as a bit preachy. Itís great to bring in a few varieties into sex scenes and setups, but here it feels more forced than natural. As a guy, it also feels a bit insulting because every guy in the movie is portrayed as a sexual idiot who has no clue how to please a woman. Thereís never an instance where the guy expands the womanís sexual experiences. The sex is a mixed bag. The foreplay and lead-in to each of the scenes is normally nicely done. Theyíre creative and varied, although a couple of the ideas are reused in the movie. The actual fucking, however, leaves much to be desired. You rarely get to see both the penetration and the reaction of both of the performers, which is a big reason why the threesome between Nina Hartley, Missy, and Mickey G. was the strongest scene in the movie, as well as one of the best scenes Iíve seen from Candida Royalle overall. Candida says that sheís making porn for women, and the overall feeling of the sex often seems to be that women donít want intense sex or pop shots. What Iíve heard from women isnít that they donít want intense sex or pop shots, but that they want something that feels believable and actually has a little chemistry! Thereís plenty of chemistry in The Bridal Shower, but in trying to be something different it shoots itself in the foot at times by ignoring some of whatís right as well as some of whatís wrong with couples movies.
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 over five and a half minutes with about six seconds per nice looking snapshot or full screen photo. Thereís 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, My Surrender, Christineís Secret, The Gift, and One Size Fits All.
Candida Royalle also gives a commentary for this feature. She talks about the movie and the things they went through making it, the cast, and some of her personal thoughts on porn. As usual, Candida handles the commentary by herself rather than bringing in somebody else from the cast to help her. Itís a decent commentary for being handled alone, but I couldnít help but think of how much better it could have been if Nina Hartley (who has an excellent relationship with Adam & Eve and whoís been in a few of Candidaís movies) would have been brought in to help on the commentary!
Themes: Straight, food, oral, blindfolds, lesbian, group, masturbation (male), spanking, and interracial
Condoms Usage: Every scene except between Missy and Mickey G.
Raincoat Factor: Medium
Overall: Currently, most of Femmeís DVDs can be found online for between $14 and $28 with a few stores offering them near the low end. This is a pretty good buy if you want a soft couples movie. The plot is okay and a bit preachy, but the sex is normally pretty good. The technical aspects are also very nicely done, and thereís even some nice extras.
Note to Femme / Candida Royalle: This is a great start to an excellent couples movie! I agree with your thoughts that many women will have problems with the normal porn movies out there. If youíd combine your thoughts here on what women would like with a bit more of what men would like, youíd have movies that would appeal much more to couples rather than just one half of the couple.
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