Running Time: 127 min.
Production Date: 5 / 22 – 24 / 2012
Director: Jim Powers
Cast: Kimberly Kane, Lia Lor, Lily LaBeau, Presley Hart, Johnny Castle, Logan Pierce, and Richie Calhoun in sexual roles with Nikki Charm, Kyle Stone, and others in non-sex roles
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are very nicely done. The audio is clear and well balanced throughout the movie with only a few minor blemishes during some of the outdoor sequences (which are far from uncommon in most any adult movie). The video is presented in anamorphic widescreen and looks great. The picture is clear and well lit with a steady hand on the camera, but there were a few places where the editing seemed just a touch rough and where the camera seemed slightly off for my tastes.
The Movie: In The Notebook, an old man reads to his wife of many years from a notebook to try to help her remember their time together and how they fell in love many years ago as her mind disappears in a nursing home. Diary of Love tweaks that tale slightly as Presley reads a love story to Richie with the hope that he'll someday wake from his coma.
|Scene 1 – Lily LaBeau and Logan Pierce|
When Logan and dirty blonde Lily are left alone while out on a picnic, he moves in to kiss her softly. They continue to kiss while helping each other strip down and mix in a bit of titty sucking and grinding. Lily moves down to help Logan out of his pants to suck his cock while giving him some great eyes before getting on all fours to let him briefly eat her from behind. She lays back for Logan to tongue and finger her pussy before he moves up to fuck her missionary style. Lily gets on top to ride Logan in the cowgirls before he pulls out to pop on her bush and thigh.
|Scene 2 – Presley Hart and Johnny Castle|
Immediately after Johnny proposes, Presley showers him with kisses as they roll around the bed. They continue to kiss and caress each other as they strip down with Johnny taking his time kissing his way across Presley's body as he makes his way down to eat her bald pussy. She lays him back to eagerly suck and stroke his cock with some nice eye contact mixed in before moving forward to ride him cowgirl style. Johnny takes Presley from behind before spooning her, and finally pops a nice load over her pussy and stomach before giving her a few more kisses.
|Scene 3 – Kimberly Kane, Lia Lor, and Richie Calhoun|
Richie tries to fill the hole in his heart by filling the holes of raven tressed widow Kimberly and her dirty blonde friend Lia. They kiss their way around each other while laying back on the bed before working around each other orally with the girls finally making their way down to team up on his cock. Richie moves up to fuck Kimberly missionary style before letting Lia ride him cowgirl style. They mix in a little more oral action before Kimberly gets in the middle to eat Lia while Richie nails her from behind. The girls trade places so Lia can get in a bit of muff munching while taking the dick doggie style. Lia also lays back to take it missionary style as Kimberly plays with her. Finally the girls team up to suck and stroke Richie to a nice pop in front of both their faces.
|Scene 4 – Presley Hart and Richie Calhoun|
Finally Richie and Presley find themselves in each other's arms after being caught in a rainstorm. They kiss passionately as they make their way inside with Richie helping her strip down and laying her back on the bed to eat her pussy. He moves up to fuck her missionary style as they continue to kiss passionately before Presley rolls on top for a cowgirl ride. She eagerly sucks and strokes Richie before letting him take her from behind. They finish fucking missionary style before Richie pulls out to pop on Presley's stomach.
Diary of Love is a fantastic couples release and easily one of the best couples features I've seen come out of 2012. The story is very nicely handled, and keeps most of the major parts of The Notebook while tweaking them slightly to make it work better for an adult movie and the budget limitations that go along with it. Yes, it would have been great to stay a little more true to the original with something like Randy West (who probably wouldn't need makeup to look older than dirt) reading to Veronica Hart (who probably would need a makeup with how well the years have treated her), but more importantly the common thread of reading to a lover works very well. The story moves at a very nice pace and is treated very well by a cast that can act as well as fuck right down to a great non-sex supporting role by Nikki Charm. There's a very nice emotional backbone to the movie going from playful puppy love into the deeper love that develops, as well as the challenges it faces as Richie and Presley go about their lives. There's a couple places where the movie seem a little rushed, forced, or constrained by budget, but it's never enough to really interfere with the movie (and is probably only just enough to be noticed by nitpickers like me). Sexually the movie also works extremely well, with Lily and Logan starting things off with a very nice outdoor scene with a great romantic feeling. That romantic feeling sticks around very well for Presley's scenes with Johnny and Richie, and while Richie's threesome with Kimberly and Lia departs from the very couples friendly and romantic feeling, it still works into the story very well and has some solid chemistry. Diary of Love is an extremely impressive couples feature, and I'll be very surprised if it doesn't get a lot of attention when it comes to awards season.
The Extras: Trailers are included for eight other Smash releases. The photo gallery lasts just over seven minutes. There's also a behind the scenes featurette, weblinks, and because this is a Smash Pictures release, the ability to watch the movie with or without the story.
The behind the scenes featurette lasts about thirty eight minutes. After a quick outtake, Presley chats with Jim Powers about herself, porn, sex, and relationships before putting on a quick solo show in a car. There's also a little more fun with Presley before Lily chats about the type of guys she likes and her hopes for the future before playing with herself for the camera. Kimberly talks about how long she's known Jim Powers and what she loves about the adult industry before quickly moving on with a little solo show. After a fun outtake with Richie and Presley Lia chats about herself, and sex before playing with herself. Nikki Charm talks about her many years in the industry as well as her role in this movie, but never so much as flashes the camera. Finally there's a bit more of shooting the movie with a few outtakes and shooting a few stills. This is a very nice behind the scenes featurette. You get a great mix of interviews, eye candy, and the movie being shot that gives plenty of chances for the cast to show off. This is a very good addition to the overall DVD.
Condom Usage: None
Final Thoughts: It's one of the best couples features I've seen come out of 2012 and well worth the purchase.
Note to Smash Pictures: I'll admit that before this part of me always scoffed a little at Jim Powers getting “best director” nominations. With the work he's doing on your parodies he's definitely earning them this year. Nice job!
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