Cast: Taren Steele, Juli Ashton, Shayla Laveaux, Nina Hartley, Toni James, Supremacy (aka Macy), Ron Jeremy, Tom Byron, Vince Voyeur, Steve Drake, Billy Glide (aka Billy Glyde), Sean Rider, and Jeremy Steele in sex roles; Sharon Mitchell, Rock Stalloni, and Frank Marino in non-sex roles. Performers are identified by clips in the opening credits, which is always a nice touch.
Director: Veronica Hart.
Executive producer: Antonio Passolini.
Story by: Juli Ashton.
Production dates: 3/10/97 (taping), 5/15/97 (original release), ©2008 (DVD release).
Length: 115 min.
Extras: A 2-min. slide show with 20 images, and 13 min. of trailers (Girls Playing With Girls, Not the Bradys XXX, Analy [sic] Yours: Love Bree Olsen, Strollin in the Colon, Asian Fever 34, Barely Legal POV 2, Nina Hartley: MILF Trainer).
Audiovisual quality: Ah, the halcyon days of VCA features. How I miss them. As is typical for the movies I've seen from that not-long-ago era, this is a beautiful multi-camera production, attractively lit, skillfully edited, and boasting excellent sound that's enhanced by carefully selected music. The views of the sex are explicit yet pretty. The costumes are a hoot: the perfect swizzle of elegance and tackiness, just right for a porno about a porno.
Highlights: Sometimes porn's self-referential tendencies annoy me, but Fountain of Innocence is so cute that it's easy to enjoy. Ron Jeremy stars as a director who's taping History of the Sex World: Part 2. Taren Steele plays an aspiring actress who's about to perform for the first time. Our nervous heroine receives friendly advice and reassurance from a trio of hot blonde veterans: Juli Ashton, Shayla LaVeaux, and Nina Hartley. The conversational flow is pleasingly uncontrived. It sounds as though the performers are discussing their real and very positive experiences in the industry. It all leads to a happy heap of flesh by the swimming pool.
Scene 1: Roman Bath - Juli Ashton and Vince Voyeur wear gladiator-inspired gear while romping in a bubble bath (a scenario which pretty much nails the goofy yet lovable incongruities in porn). Taryn slips in and watches from behind the cameras. Juli and Vince kiss both above and below. They take standing and traditional missionary positions for the vaginal sex, and reverse cowgirl for the anal sex. The intercourse is rather brief and interrupted (albeit in a humorous way) by Ron's comments. The ending is especially lush, with the camera lingering a full minute on Juli's seductive expression after she swallows Vince's cum. Time: 12:18. Rating: 4 stars.
Scene 2: What Girls Want - Shayla LaVeaux and Taren Steele meet in Shayla's dressing room for a lesson on how a woman might please another woman. There's excellent verbal rapport between the two ladies in this warm and gentle pairing. Shayla is clearly tickled when Taren climaxes with little squirts. Time: 11:23. Rating: 4.5 stars.
Scene 3: Concubine on a Chaise - Toni James and Steve Drake star in the Persian scene in Ron's movie. The harem girl performs a dance for her king, who laps it up in more ways than one. There's a cute tease when Toni pulls down Steve's pants, and he plays hard-to-get. It's fun to hear her dance bells jingle during the vaginal and anal intercourse. Both performers are extremely attractive and appealing. Time: 12:05. Rating: 4.5 stars.
Scene 4: The Cure for Burnout - Juli Ashton and Nina Hartley have a lingerie gig for a magazine cover. After the photo shoot, Juli confides that her enthusiasm for work is not what it once was. Nina soon puts her back in the mood to flirt. Goodness gracious, where'd I leave my fan? I'm melting. Nina's surprise orgasm alone is enough to make this DVD a worthy keeper for my library. Time: 11:33. Rating: 5 stars.
Scene 5: Rookie in the Restroom - Supremacy and Ron Jeremy hook up for her private audition. She proves she really does love oral sex. The scene includes kissing, tease, and dirty talk, in addition to cunnilingus and fellatio. Some critics are harsh toward Ron since he's not, shall we say, conventionally attractive. But he clearly loves his job, and I like the good-natured sleaze factor in this performance. Time: 8:17. Rating: 3 stars.
Scene 6: Flashback - Nina Hartley and Tom Byron get it on, '80s style, in a phone booth tryst. Nina is recalling a particularly good time she had on set with one of her favorite partners. She wore black leather boots and fingerless gloves, yay! And he came from the fucking alone. This does seem to be genuine archival footage, although I'm unsure of the original source. The scene is brief and a bit murky but otherwise wonderful. Time: 4:30. Rating: 3.5 stars.
Scene 7: Modern Woman - Taren Steele and Tom Byron pair up for her debut. There's a clever costuming motif, with Taren and Tom wearing outfits reminiscent of those in Nina's flashback. Taren is supposed to be the sexual aggressor in this last scene of Ron's movie. She turns out to be more the adorable type, but everyone is very pleased with her nonetheless. Taren has a perfect natural body, squirts well during the vaginal sex, and is very willing to do the anal and the facial, too. Time: 13:58. Rating: 4 stars.
Scene 8: Poolside Party - Juli Ashton, Nina Hartley, Toni James, Shayla LaVeaux, Taryn Steele, Tom Byron, Billy Glide, Sean Rider, and Jeremy Steele converge in celebration of a successful production. There's a lot going on in this sunny orgy. Highlights include lovely girl/girl action, rimming for both the guys and the gals, several hot threesomes (including a double penetration for Juli with Tom and Sean), and hearty ejaculations which are welcomed enthusiastically by the ladies. Time: 18:42. Rating: 5 stars.
Thumbs up: All of the sex makes sense within the plot and advances the story smoothly. The attention to detail is excellent on every level. It's evident that much care went into this movie.
Thumbs down: There's no commentary or behind-the-scenes. Those are the extras which normally make the difference between a 4.5 and a 5-star movie, in my opinion. I'm not too keen on the opening ads, either.
Themes: Pairs (F/F, M/F), orgy, oral sex (including rimming), vaginal sex, anal sex, double penetration, female ejaculation, facials, toy (vibrator), kissing, undressing, dirty talk, lingerie.
Condom use: Yes, condoms are used for all vaginal and anal intercourse, except in the flashback footage of Tom and Nina.
Final analysis: Fountain of Innocence was produced the year after I started watching porn. I missed it on tape, so I'm delighted that it's now available on DVD. Fountain of Innocence a charming and lighthearted feature that I've very much enjoyed.