Running Time: 124 min.
Production Date: None given
Director: Eddie Powell
Cast: Dana DeArmond, Lexi Bloom, Riley Reid, Anthony Rosano, Danny Mountain, Giovanni Francesco, and Xander Corvus
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are excellent. The audio is balanced perfectly, including the music, and is nicely clear. The video is presented in anamorphic widescreen and looks every bit as good as most of what you'll see in the mainstream world.
Watermark Warning: Although I don't know of anybody who likes watermarks, I can understand companies wanting to take some kind of action to protect themselves with how much piracy occurs in today's world. As I know some don't agree with this thought, I will note that there is a tasteful watermark in the lower right corner that's so light that I'm not sure if comes and goes through the movie or if it just fades into the background that well. If one has to do a watermark, this is definitely the way to do it.
The Movie: Anthony and Riley have been best friends for a heck of a long time, and even live together. When Riley's sister Lexi is tossed aside by her boyfriend Danny after ten years of being together, Riley insists the three of them find romance with internet dating. Anthony's less than thrilled with this idea, and uses coworker Giovanni's picture on his profile “SurlySteve” thinking that not only is it a big joke but also that he's not good enough for any girl to fall for. The joke soon ends up being on him when Riley falls for “SurlySteve” thinking he's not just the perfect guy for her but gorgeous as well, and he finds her seeing him outside of “the friend zone”.
|Scene 1 – Lexi Bloom and Danny Mountain|
Expecting Danny to come home and propose to her, brunette Lexi readies herself in some sexy, virginal white lingerie. Danny brings her flowers and puts a bottle of bubbles aside for later before insisting that for now they make love. They kiss as he plays with her pussy before he moves down to eat it. Lexi worships his cock with her mouth in return and gives him some great eyes as she works him over before moving up to ride him cowgirl style. They also spoon and fuck doggie style before finishing in missionary with Danny popping on her bald beaver.
|Scene 2 – Dana DeArmond and Xander Corvus|
Brunette Dana begs her way back into Xander's life promising not to cheat on him again, at least as long as the universe allows, before they get in some hot makeup sex in the bathroom. He kisses her against the wall before moving his kisses south to kiss her tits and around her thighs before moving in to eat her boxy. They trade places for Dana to tease him around and inside his shorts before pulling them down to admire his shaft with her hands and mouth. Xander fucks Dana bow and arrow style and moves her around to take her from behind as they kiss and he plays with her tits. Dana also takes it sitting back on a bench before Xander pulls out to pop on her stomach.
|Scene 3 – Lexi Bloom and Giovanni Francisco|
Lexi gets some rebound action with Giovanni after a night on the town. She kisses her way across his chest and helps him out of his jeans to mouth his manhood before laying back for him to shower her body with kisses and eat her pussy. Giovanni moves up to fuck Lexi missionary style before she gets on top for a cowgirl ride. They also get in a bit of doggie fucking and spooning before Giovanni sprays his seed on Lexi's nicely natural chest.
|Scene 4 – Riley Reid and Anthony Rosano|
After finally coming completely clean with each other, Riley and Anthony finally hook up and kiss on the bed. He helps strip her down and kisses her nipples before moving down to slide off her wedges and worship her feet. Anthony moves in to eat Riley's pussy before she quickly kisses her way around his chest and sucks his cock. Riley reaches into Anthony's nightstand to break out one of the condoms she used to tease him about before riding him cowgirl style and letting him roll her to her back for some missionary work and a little more pussy eating. They also spoon and get in a little more missionary work before Anthony pops on Riley's stomach.
The Friend Zone is a fantastic couples feature, and quite possibly my favorite installment in New Sensations' Romance series so far. Quite simply, everything about this one works right from the start. The chemistry between Anthony and Riley is so thick from the beginning you'd need a chainsaw to cut through it, and it never falters at any point in the movie. I can't remember the last time I've seen a feature with this good of chemistry between the leads, and of course Riley's cuteness doesn't hurt a thing. The two of them also do a great job acting, which isn't anything new for Anthony, but I was very impressed with it from Riley with how fresh she is. The supporting cast does a great job as well with Lexi doing a very nice job as Riley's love-scorned sister and Xander Corvus shining once again in his role as Anthony's sex crazed coworker. Giovanni hands towards the back, but even that works with how the story flows. The story side of the movie also works very well due to some very well handled special effects that allow Anthony to comment on what happened looking back at it. It's used very well here, and adds yet another level of humanity and emotion to the movie. Sexually the movie works just as well. Obviously the action is on the softer romantic side, and it all fits the movie great. There's plenty of chemistry in each scene, and I love the little touches from Lexi's sexy lingerie in the opening scene and her sexy panties later in the movie when she goes out hoping to get lucky to the very natural and normal dress in the rest of the movie. Maybe it's that I spent way too much time in the friend zone years ago and am way too surly way too often, but everything about The Friend Zone clicked with me, and I couldn't help but have a smile on my face from start to finish. If you're looking for a fun adult romantic comedy that can be way too easy to relate to, make sure you pick up The Friend Zone.
The Extras: Trailers are included for eight other Romance releases. The photo gallery lasts about two minutes. There's also behind the scenes featurettes, a “Pick Your Pleasure” option, and company info.
The outtakes last about eight minutes. You get a little of Anthony screwing around before plenty of flubbed lines and other fun with the entire cast. This is a n enjoyable little outtake reel that's a very nice addition to the overall DVD.
The behind the scenes featurette lasts twenty seven minutes. Riley starts out talking about this being her first lead role, relating to the movie, and shooting features versus gonzo. They also chat about romance and the need for it before sharing a few laughs about the books in the movie with Lexi and Giovanni. There's some fun with Xander before he readies himself with the role and shares a few laughs with Anthony. Dana chats about how her views have changed over time, some of the changes in porn, and mindsets before Riley and Anthony have some fun around the set and chat. Finally Xander chats about his love of romance and working in rougher and wilder sex. This is a very nice behind the scenes featurette. You get some great personality from Riley, Anthony, and Xander, as well as a few moments with most of the rest of the cast. The woman behind the camera does a great job chatting with them, although the balance is off a little, and there's plenty of fun to be had. This is a great addition to the overall DVD.
Condom Usage: 100%
Final Thoughts: Buy it!
Note to New Sensations: Thank you for all the care you've put into this line. I'm continually amazed not just that you're able to maintain the level you have but that you're improving from release to release.
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