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Looking In

Studio: Vivid
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astroknight's ratings for Looking In:
Overall Rating 3.5 stars
Looking In overall rating 3.5 stars
Female Looks Looking In Female looks rating 4 stars
Male Looks Looking In Male looks rating 3.5 stars
Sex Looking In Sex rating 3.5 stars
 
Plot/Acting Looking In Plot/Acting rating 4 stars
Extras Looking In DVD Extras rating 3.5 stars
Audio/Video Quality Looking In A/V Quality rating 3.5 stars
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Reviewed by astroknight  on  6/25/2004

The Little Details

Running Time: 106 min.

Production Date: 4 / 9 / 2002

Director: Paul Thomas

Cast: Savanna Samson, Taylor St. Claire, Ann Marie, Brittney Skye, Dru Berrymore, Steven St. Croix, Dillion Day, Dale DaBone, Mickey G., and Rafe in sexual roles, and Anton Michael, Honey Haven, Kaiser Sosa, and Shark in non-sex roles

The Short Story

Initial Expectations: Itís been quite a while since Iíve watched a Vivid DVD, but due to their attitude I canít get too excited for it.

Initial Reaction: It starts fairly slow, but ends up pretty good.

Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting porn with plenty of plot

Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting a very soft and luvvy Vivid movie

The Technical Stuff

Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are pretty good. The audio is clear and well balanced for the most part, but there are a few problems. There are a couple very minor background noises, but more troubling is that there are several points where the audio and video donít synch. Looking In was shot on film, so it has a grainy look despite being well lit. It was treated pretty well for being shot on film, which requires much more care and money than video to really look good, but the grain still interfered with things for me at times during the movie.

Music: The music comes and goes throughout the movie. Itís normally well balanced and often has a slightly eerie feel which keeps the viewer off balance at times in a very good way.

Disc Complaints: Youíre subjected to over three minutes of commercials before the feature starts which you canít skip past. This always pisses me off and puts me in a bad mood for the DVD, and if that isnít enough, the disc stops itself after a minute or so if you donít make a choice so that you have to go through it all again. These things didnít start the movie out on a high note for me!

Menus: The menus are pretty standard. The main menu has some okay animation and the chapter menu lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a title for the scene. Vivid has also stolen Evil Angelís fetish menu, which lets you jump directly to positions such as cowgirl or see sex acts such as pussy eating or cumshots.

The Feature

Dale and Savanna are trying their hand at marriage again after splitting up due to Dale not being able to keep his pants on. They think theyíve moved into a quiet suburban neighborhood, but learn that theyíve moved into a very voyeuristic neighborhood instead. The neighbors have found that watching each other has helped their sex lives, and are determined to help Savanna and Dale get back on track. Savannaís more than up for it, but Daleís determined to not let himself fall into temptation again.

Scene 1 - Savanna Samson and Dillion Day

When Dale DaBone canít get it up enough to break in the bedroom in their new home, Savanna decides to take matters into her own hands. She works herself over with a decent sized double dong and then moves on with a string of anal beads. Not finding either enough to satisfy her, Savanna plunges them both into her holes. She moves over to the boxes and unpacks herself a man who can handle her, namely Dillion. She drops down to suck his cock without removing him from the box before taking him out so he can tongue her twat. Dillion moves on to nail Savanna from behind and to let her ride him reverse cowgirl style. They get in a little missionary as well before Dillion moves on to spoon her ass. They finally finish things up with Dillion decorating from Savanna from her tits all the way up to her forehead with an impressive pop.

This is a pretty hot scene. Savanna definitely starts things off right by herself, and the unpacking way of bringing Dillion into the scene is just as nice. They have very nice chemistry and energy, and my only complaint is that the editing is a bit rough and leaves some of the positions extremely short. I canít help but think that another few minutes would have made this scene much stronger.

Scene 2 - Taylor St. Claire and Steven St. Croix

When Savanna goes next door to borrow a couple bandages, she peeps in the window to see Steven and Taylor getting it on. Steven gets down so he can eat Taylor as she leans against a staircase railing before they head into another room for Taylor to mouth his manhood. Steven moves on to bone Taylor from behind before fucking her face a little more. They masturbate for each other with Taylor putting the candles on the table to good use. They kick things up a notch by having Steven light a candle in each of Taylorís holes while using a third to drip wax on her. He moves back to fuck her from behind a bit more before giving her an extremely impressive load on her back.

This is a pretty good scene. Taylor and Steven seem to have very nice chemistry, but the scene just feels a little off. I really like the candle portion of the scene for its creativity, but at the same time it seemed to interrupt the flow of the sex. This is a pretty good scene, but far from great. I know that porn scenes are often shot in small chunks, and here the scene feels like it.

Scene 3 - Ann Marie and Mickey G.

Mickey and Ann put on a show for Dale, Savanna, Taylor, and Steven when they all come over to welcome Dale and Savanna to the neighborhood. Mickey helps Ann out of her clothes and warms her up orally before she helps him out of his pants. Rather than giving him a bit of head, Ann slides herself down on him reverse cowgirl style. Taylor moves in for a closer look and to help briefly before letting Mickey pull out and decorate her tits.

This is a hot scene. Thereís a great voyeurism aspect to the scene, and everybody seems to really be into Mickey and Ann Marie. Thereís also a fun spirit of exploration to the scene that really works well, especially with Savanna. This is a very well done scene, and my only complaint is that it didnít last longer.

Scene 4 - Ann Marie, Steven St. Croix, Savanna Samson, Taylor St. Claire, and Mickey G.

Ann and Steven get it on when the three couples get together for a little backyard barbecue. Ann sucks Steven before riding him in the cowgirls while Taylor and Mickey please Savannah orally. Savanna decides to join in with Steven and Ann, and climbs on to ride Steven while kissing Ann. Steven also gives it to Savanna from behind before letting go with another massive pop.

This is another very nicely done scene. The voyeuristic swinging aspect really generates a lot of heat here, and the idea drives the scene very well. The camera keeps things nicely balanced, and neither group outdoes the other. Normally this type of scene doesnít do a lot for me since about the time one group gets going the camera switches to the other, but here it all gels very nicely. This is a hot group scene.

Scene 5A - Taylor St. Claire and Dru Berrymore

When Dru demands that somebody give her dripping wet pussy some attention, Taylor doesnít let the chance go by. She rubs Druís kitty and kisses her way down to lick her slit. Taylor also slips a couple fingers into Druís ass as Ann Marie and Dale DaBone watch. Later, Dru breaks out a strap-on and fucks Taylor, but that mostly stays in the background of the scene as the others get busy.

Scene 5B - Ann Marie and Dale DaBone

Ann starts sucking Dale when they both get horned up watching Taylor and Dru. She gives him some nice knob gobbling until Dale gets worried seeing Savanna outside the window. She convinces him to keep going and gets him to fuck her from behind as they continue to watch the action. They work in a couple more positions before Dale moves over to fuck Dru a little and pop on her stomach.

Scene 5C - Savanna Samson, Steven St. Croix, and Mickey G.

Savanna and the boys start things out watching the others inside from the outside. The guys play with Savanna while they watch before moving inside and letting her suck them. They move on to take turns on Savannaís pussy before Mickey fucks her ass from behind. The guys also break out a couple toys to give Savanna a technical DP. Steven moves off to give Taylor a nice facial, and then comes back to give one to Ann Marie.

This is a great sequence of scenes. It builds on itself very nicely and does a great job of working with the chemistry that built up between the characters throughout the movie. All four girls do a fantastic job, and surprisingly both Ann Marie and Savanna end up overpowering Taylor and Dru, who I normally expect very strong scenes from. It also ties into the movie very well, including the focus moving onto Savanna and the guys and Dale and Ann, and has some very nice camera work. Finally, although some of the segments run a little short, the scene as a whole is long enough to feel like something solid, unlike many of the other scenes Iíve watched from Paul Thomasí movies.

Scene 6 - Savanna Samson and Dale DaBone

That night, Savanna and Dale get it on. There isnít any time wasted with oral action, and Dale gets right to it fucking Savannaís pussy. He moves on to give her ass a vigorous fucking, and finishes things up giving her a great creamy facial. Later they move on to do it in other rooms of the house.

This is basically the last scene of the movie, and works very well. Itís pretty short and jerky, but it sums up things between Dale and Savanna very well while also working in some passionate sex. It isnít very strong on its own, but since it pretty much carries on from the previous sequence it ends up working pretty well.

Scene 7 - Brittany Skye and Rafe

Brittany and Rafe bring things to a close. First they get it on softly in the window at night. The next day, they get busy on the back stoop while the neighbors poke around to watch them. Rafe manages to quickly work Brittany over and they finish things up with a decent facial.

These are fun sequences, but fairly short. Sexually they donít really add anything to the movie, but they do help with the plot. They also add a bit of humor to the end of the movie. This is an okay tag for the movie, but I think the movie would have been just as good finishing things out without it.

Looking In is a pretty good couples movie. It has a nicely done plot which is very well executed by the cast. Both Dale DaBone and Savanna Samson show some great range acting-wise, and deliver solid sexual performances as well. As usual with Paul Thomas the sex scenes and the plot are nicely intertwined, and feed off each other throughout the movie. That happens here much better than it has in some other Paul Thomas movies Iíve seen. It takes a while to build steam, but Looking In just doesnít feel quite as serious as some of Thomasí other movies. It seems to be here mostly to entertain rather than to try to bring profound thought, and because of that, Looking In ended up an enjoyable movie for me.


The Extra Stuff

Trailers are included for Finding the One, Sold, Where the Boys Arenít 15, and Hidden Desires. Thereís also a bio for Savanna Samson, true multiple angles (from all I saw), phone sex and web commercials, and photo galleries. A behind the scenes featurette and several bonus scenes also pack the DVD.

Photo galleries are included for both Savanna Samson and the movie itself. The first photo gallery is for Savanna and lasts about two minutes. As usual, the photo galleries are moving and take about fifteen seconds to make its way around the photo. The movie gallery has the same style, and also lasts about two minutes. The photos look nice, but the style really hurts them.

The behind the scenes featurette lasts about ten minutes. Thereís a few short interviews and a bit of Paul Thomas talking about the movie, but most of itís focused on the scenes being shot. Since I like behind the scenes featurettes to show me a bit of the performers as people rather than cameramen watching people fuck, this one didnít do a lot for me.

There are also several bonus scenes. First is a scene from Big Blow Out with Savanna Samson, Temptation, and Dale DaBone. Second is a scene from David Stanleyís Long Story Short between Savanna Samson and Steven St. Croix. Third is a scene from Chi Chi La Rueís Portrait of Sunrise with Savanna Samson, Nicole Sheridan, Randy Spears, and Voodoo. Robby Dís C-Men Part 2 with Ann Marie and Dale DaBone is next. Finally, Taylor St. Claire and Cheyne Collins hook up in a scene from David Stanleyís Moxie. Itís a nice selection of bonus scenes and does a very good job of showing other features where you can find the stars from Looking In. Surprisingly, the bonus scene is where Vivid shows the most knowledge on their extras. They appear to know that the bonus scene can work to get somebody to check out another one of their movies, and they give you all the information you might want to know about the scene to be able to see the rest of the movie itís from. Anybody who likes a star can find them, and if they like the style of the scene they know the director so they can probably find more movies by them. My only complaint here is that not all of the scenes feel quite complete. Maybe itís the editing style of the movies, but the scenes just didnít seem to be all there.

The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff

Themes: Straight, masturbation, toys, anal, DP (toy), oral, voyeurism, lesbian, hot wax, and group

Raincoat Factor: Medium high

Condom Usage: 100%

The Bottom Line:

Currently, many of Vividís bigger DVDs can be found online for between about $13 and $30 with most stores offering them for around $20. At the low end this oneís a decent buy. The movie is well done and has some hot sex. The technical aspects are pretty good for a shot on film movie, and thereís plenty of extras. If youíre a fan of Paul Thomasí work then this one will be worth your money, but if you havenít seen any of his movies you might want to rent it first to know if his style appeals to you or not.

Note to Vivid Video: Itís great to see you packing your DVDs, but theyíre almost looking too heavily packed. Dropping a few bonus scenes to give yourself the room for a better transfer would be a very nice thing.

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