“Gritty”, by B. Skow and Vivid, puts forth exactly what its name implies—hardcore, nasty grit. Not only does the sex in this exceptional feature live up to the title, but so do the realistic settings—grungy bars, a dilapidated bathroom, etc.—and the various effects, the camerawork, and the editing, as well. Indeed, everything is brought together quite well in putting forth a product that is exactly what one would expect when purchasing this DVD. There are no failed or cheesy attempts at being “gritty” to be found here—only the real deal.
In terms of the sex, the sequences are presented with the same overarching theme, but there is no real plot holding them together. That said, one isn’t really necessary for a production like this. Headlining the disc is A.J. Bailey, who has two scenes—one of the boy-girl variety (Scene One) and the other of the boy-boy-girl variety (Scene Five). Both of these are excellent in terms of their heat and sexual quality, with the former actually being the better of the two. In this segment, A.J. is paired up with Nick “Dropping Loads” Manning for a spirited romp in / around a booth in what appears to be a biker bar. Prior to the main festivities with Nick, however, A.J. takes care of herself in the back bathroom—stripping, posing, and masturbating (even with a decent-sized, flesh-colored dildo)—hot stuff! Then, it’s off to take care of Nick. In this encounter, the two really make good use of their surroundings, with one steamy rear-entry position even featuring A.J. standing in a booth and grabbing the bars on the window as Nick penetrates her—great! Another of the many highlights includes Nick pulling out of A.J. from a missionary-like position and then being jerked to completion by Ms. Bailey. The pop-shot here ends up all over her pussy and takes place after A.J. appears to get herself off—overall excellent material! The latter sequence involves Denis Marti and Jerry tag-teaming A.J. Again, this one is preceded by solo-girl posing, stripping, and masturbating before A.J.—who starts out clothed in green and black lingerie—heads into a rundown office and joins the two gentlemen. Making good use of the desk and the chair in this multi-doored setting, the trio enacts some excellent vaginal / oral combinations. Of particular note are those involving A.J. taking it in a reverse-cowgirl position from Jerry while sucking Denis’ dick and also A.J. in a cowgirl position on top of Denis as she blows Jerry. This one closes out with consecutive facials, with Denis getting A.J.’s chest, as well. Again, this is very hot stuff.
Not to be outdone, there are three other actresses whose work is presented in this feature, too. Tessa Taylor has a boy-girl sequence with Dane Cross on a bed covered by a flowery spread (Scene Two). The doggie-style action in this good-to-very-good segment is particularly nice, and the scene finishes off with a facial for Ms. Taylor. I did find this one to be a bit too heavy on the foreplay, though. In Scene Three, Kylee Reese—sporting leopard-print lingerie and both clitoral and nipple piercings—gets it on with James Deen in an enthusiastic bar-booth encounter. The blowjob work (part-POV) by Kylee here is hot, hard, and sloppy, and the standing front-entry penetration and missionary-like positioning on the table are steamy, as well. As a finale, James pops—out of a doggie-style position—all over Kylee’s spread ass and ass-hole. This is all followed up by some oral cock clean-off. Overall, one could argue that this is the best segment on the disc. Last but not least, of course, is barely-legal sensation—Mallory Rae Murphy—in a steamy romp with Scott Nails. This one starts out with solo-girl activities by Mallory—who is wearing a hiked-up, dark green, velvety shirt and not much else—in front of an austere, cement wall and then moves on to an industrial-themed basement for the main attraction. The blowjob action here is hot, as are the missionary-like, reverse-cowgirl, and cowgirl positions—the last of which includes Mallory anal-fingering herself. The cum-shot is dropped all over Mallory’s punany, and she is quick to finger herself with some of it prior to the sequence closing out—again, an excellent scene. It should be noted that each of these segments is preceded by some sexy posing, stripping, and / or masturbating by the relevant actress—which is an effective introductory device commonly employed in B. Skow’s work.
Some other items should also be mentioned. Advertisements play when the disc is inserted, but these can be skipped by hitting the “Menu” button on the remote. The Vivid website watermark is also still present in this production at the bottom of the screen. As always, this doesn’t make much of a difference due to its tiny size, though it would be better if it were absent. As a note, the film clocks in at right around the three hour mark—which is typically a bit long, but it doesn’t feel drawn out here. Finally, it should be noted that the settings for the action are very good and really drive home the theme, and the camerawork and production values are excellent and do the same, as well.
In terms of bonus materials and other options, there is some decent extra material presented here. One finds a “Photo Gallery”—which puts forth a slideshow of “pretty-girl” shots and stills from the production—as well as a “Previews” section—which gives a choice of four Vivid trailers. Also present are a “Vivid Extras” option—which plays through various Vivid-related advertisements and an anti-piracy public service announcement—and a “Behind the Scenes” featurette that is about 11 minutes long and is cool, fun, and interesting. There isn’t a bonus scene here, but it doesn’t matter much given the length of the main production.
Overall, this is an exceptional production from B. Skow that really hits the mark in terms of living up to its namesake—both in terms of the sex and also the settings. Fans of A.J., nasty sex, and /or seedy environments should definitely check this out. More generally, Vivid is really doing some great things as of late, and their material—particularly this disc—is worth a serious look.
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