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Candida Royalle's The Gift

Candida Royalle's The Gift

Studio: Adam & Eve
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astroknight's ratings for Candida Royalle's The Gift:
Overall Rating 1.5 stars
Candida Royalle's The Gift overall rating 1.5 stars
Female Looks Candida Royalle's The Gift Female looks rating 3 stars
Male Looks Candida Royalle's The Gift Male looks rating 2.5 stars
Sex Candida Royalle's The Gift Sex rating 1 star
Plot/Acting Candida Royalle's The Gift Plot/Acting rating 1.5 stars
Extras Candida Royalle's The Gift DVD Extras rating 3.5 stars
Audio/Video Quality Candida Royalle's The Gift A/V Quality rating 3 stars
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Reviewed by astroknight  on  10/19/2003

Running Time: 76 min.

Production Date: 10 / 1996

Director: Candida Royalle

Cast: Angel Smith, Diane Cannon, Micki Lynn, Shanna McCullough, David Wells, Eric Jeter, Joey D., and Mark Davis

Initial Expectations: I’ve had mixed results from Femme’s line. I’m not really sure what to expect here.

Initial Reaction: It’s so tame that I almost fell asleep.

Who Should Watch It : Anybody who thinks a typical porno is going to be too intense

Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting graphic porn

Audio /Video Quality: The audio is fairly average. Some of the dialogue is hard to understand due to the levels changing slightly throughout the movie. The video shows some slight grain, almost as if it were shot on film. The lighting varies throughout the movie, which gives it a slightly artistic feeling at times and at other times it makes it seem like the budget wasn’t quite high enough. It also mixes full color and sepia toned footage, which works very nice and makes the feature seem a bit timeless and artistic.

Music: The music is soft and sensual. Some of it has a classical feel, while other parts have a slight porno and soft rock feeling. It ranges from being nicely balanced with the rest of the audio to overpowering the audio and getting a little annoying.

Menus: The menus are nicely done. The main menu blends a few clips from the movie in a very pleasing fashion. The chapter menu lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene.

The Feature: When Shanna McCullough gets a call from one of her relatives to show off their grandmother’s house to a prospective buyer, she decides it’s time to do some thinking about her relationship with Mark Davis. She’s frustrated that he’s concentrating so much on business even though he wants them to have some financial security before they get married. While searching through a trunk she finds in the house, Shanna finds an old army blanket. Whoever seems to be around the blanket gets incredibly turned on and can’t resist getting it on.

Diane Cannon and David Wells start off the sex when Shanna leaves them alone in one of the bedrooms to answer the phone. David gets highly turned on and convinces Diane to show off her body. Diane playfully shows off her big fat titties and sucks on them before turning around and showing David her ass at his command. He tongues her from behind before she lays back on the bed for David to warm her up. Diane sucks and strokes David quickly before turning around and letting him fuck her from behind while he thumbs her ass. Finally, he pulls out and pops up her crack.

This is an okay scene at best. I really like the tease to start things out, and there’s some nice chemistry through the scene as well. Once it gets past the tease, however, it slows down to the point that I quickly got slightly frustrated and bored. It seemed afraid to show anything graphic and moved quickly through the sex. I didn’t time it, but it felt like the oral sex and intercourse took just as long as the tease.

Shanna McCullough masturbates while thinking of Mark Davis in the next scene. She gently pulls aside her red paisley robe so she can get at her tits and pussy, and softly rubs her naughty parts. After shuddering in orgasmic bliss, Shanna pulls her robe together and examines the army blanket again.

Once again, the camera seems afraid to get at all graphic, but Shanna makes it work. She really seems to get into it, but never goes overboard in any way. She works herself up gradually, and gives the scene a nicely natural feel. This isn’t a great masturbation scene, but it is pretty good.

Angel Smith Eric Jeter hook up next on the porch when Shanna goes inside. Angel sucks Eric before he fucks her missionary style. Angel comes up to suck Eric’s nipples a little, and they break later on for Eric to eat her pussy and ass from behind. He fucks her from behind as well before appearing to pop inside her.

This is another okay scene. This time you barely even get to see any penetration, which really seems weird as it feels like it should be a fairly intense scene. There’s a rough look to Angel and Eric, and the bit of rimming and Angel’s fighting for a little dominance when they fuck makes it seem like they like things a little more intense than what’s shown here. Perhaps that’s the biggest problem with this scene. It’s not that it’s fairly soft, it’s that it feels held back to be fairly soft.

Micki Lynn and Joey D. hook up in a flashback for the penultimate scene. Joey kisses his way around Micki’s body before they roll around on his army blanket, apparently fucking. As usual with Candida’s movies, there’s no pop shown, and it doesn’t even look like anybody had an orgasm before they stare at each other passionately to let you know the scene is done.

This is a waste of a scene, and with how good a job Micki Lynn normally did, a waste of good talent! I don’t think the scene lasts five full minutes, and it’s not even a case of quality over quantity. I doubt that there was any fucking at all in the scene, and it’s so soft that I’m not sure whether to laugh at it or take a nap.

Finally, Shanna McCullough and Mark Davis get busy on the blanket in the woods. Mark kisses her passionately while reaching in her panties to play with her pussy before going down there to kiss it. Shanna reciprocates with a nice blowjob before laying back and letting Mark fuck her with more energy and passion than every other scene in the movie. He takes her missionary style at first before letting her turn around so he can take her from behind. Finally, they fake a nice internal pop before finishing things up kissing and holding each other.

This is easily the best scene in the movie, and might even make it a little past the average adult scene. Shanna and Mark have very nice chemistry between each other and put some good energy into it as well. The scene is also long enough to build something up, and although it’s captured pretty tame, Shanna and Mark make it work. This is a great scene to finish things with.

The Gift is an okay idea that really doesn’t go anywhere. The idea of the blanket having some kind of sexual powers is a decent idea that could be used for a nice variety of scenes, but it seems afraid to go anywhere. It’s explored okay with Shanna, but for everybody else the sex is so tame that I was normally fairly bored. Most of the scenes are so tame that they barely even qualify for XXX, and are so short that they barely have a chance to build much heat. The foreplay section for each scene is normally nicely done, but the actual fucking goes by so quick that they end up as a disappointment every time. The Gift seems to think that couples are scared of sex, and has tamed everything down to the point that it’s more boring than anything.

Extras: The behind the scenes photo gallery lasts about a minute and a quarter with five seconds per decent looking full screen photo or snapshot. There’s also a trailer for Eyes of Desire and weblinks. Finally, there’s a six commentary from Candida where she discusses the stars and their role in the movie while showing a few photos of the stars from the movie to let you know who’s who. It’s a nice look at some of the making of the movie and even has the added ability to let you move forward and back through the cast.

Themes: Straight, tease, spanking, and rimming (male > female)

Condoms Usage: None

Raincoat Factor: Low

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. Rent this one before you even think of paying that much for it. There’s a decent feeling to the movie, but it’s often so toned down that it’s boring. The technical aspects aren’t bad, and there’s some decent extras to help out the overall DVD.

Note to Femme / Candida Royalle: It’s great that you’re trying to make movies that appeal more to couples, but I’ve heard as many complain about them being boring as being nasty. There is some merit to your approach, but I think you might turn off more couples than you attract.

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