The Plot: There really isn't a plot, per se, to this disc. Think of it more like a CBT (Computer- Based Training) for anal play. I can see this up on your bookshelf in your office next to the other CBTs. Networking, Systems Design, Anal Sex, Distributed Development. Yep, it just fits right in there, doesn't it?
And that, after all, is what we're talking about today. Nina whips out the lecture mode and teaches us everything you ever wanted to know about playing with your ass in four easy chapters. The first chapter is anatomy, and she describes where everything is, how it is shaped, what is sensitive, etc. in exquisite detail. If she wasn't a teacher before the adult business, she should have been. She's an excellent lecturer. She doesn't stumble over her words, she doesn't sound condescending, she enunciates well... I wish she had been teaching some of my classes in college. I would have done much better if I'd been watching her instead of the grad student I got saddled with for differential equations. The anatomy lesson is very interesting, and I recommend it for anyone who wants to go playing around the back door.
Lesson number two is the demonstration portion of the class. Anna Malle and Nina demonstrate some techniques on how to play with your ass. Nina tells you that she asked Anna to help her because she's very expressive in her wants during sex. She chose wisely. Both of these ladies are very communicative in what to do, what not to do, what works, when to start doing something... Even if you never experiment beyond what these two ladies do, they've given you enough material to keep your ass happy for a long time.
Lesson number three is the art of the rim job. Nina and John Decker are on the sofa, with John munching away. Again, Nina is shifting into lecture mode and dispensing good advice left and right. John is nice enough to stop licking away (well... almost stop) and give out some advice from his side of things. I swear, if this guy was having any more fun, he would smile wide enough to swallow his ears.
Okay, lecture is over, it's now time for the lab. Nina, John, Anna and Hank Armstrong all hang out in Nina's living room and have some sex. Good examples of how to get everything started, and how to have a good time while getting things put into your ass. Like any good lab, they apply what they're learned in the classroom, and the camera captures it all for your viewing enjoyment. This is the kind of life I'd like to have. Invite a couple of friends over for orgy and pie. (more people will show up if you say there is going to be pie)
The Cast: Our instructional video today is brought to you by the number 6 and the letter "E". Actually, four people were kind enough to lend their talents to this tape. Nina Hartley, of course, lends her "nice lady next door" personality to the proceedings. It is, after all, her video. She brings in her friend Anna Malle, who is definitely one of the performers that I raise eyebrows for when I see their name on the box cover. She may not be one of my favorites, but she always puts forth a good show and she is a welcome addition to any movie. Hank Armstrong and John Decker are the compliments to the couples. They certainly seem like nice people. John gets the most on-screen time, and he really seems like a nice guy. All four members of the cast get along really well together. Nina says that she and Anna are friends on and off the camera and I believe it.
The Sex: This disc is actually pretty short, with technically only three sex scenes. First up is Nina Hartley and Anna Malle playing around Anna's ass. If you think a lecture can't be a turn on, then I submit to you Anna's ass. As they slowly get into what they're doing, Anna basically winds up like a dragster at the starting line. Do you remember the original Back to the Future movie? At the beginning of the movie, when the DeLorean is going to make its first trip through time with the dog in the front seat, Anna reminds me of the DeLorean. She just sort of sits there, spinning her tires faster and faster until smoke is nearly coming out of her ass and then she just lets go and takes off like a bat out of hell. It probably doesn't hurt that she is using a vibrator that probably has a kick-start. I hope she doesn't get bored of that thing, because I think the next step up is sitting on the washing machine during the spin cycle. Anyhow, this is a great scene. Anna lets you know exactly what feels good and how she likes it. Watching her have a rock-solid orgasm is always fun.
Scene two is a little foreplay with John Decker and Nina Hartley. This really is not much of a scene. It consists of a couple shots of John giving Nina a rim job while she talks to the camera. As far as eroticism goes, I wasn't impressed. However, the chapter gives out great information on how to give rim jobs, so it served its purpose. It didn't do anything for me, but the information was interesting.
Last up is a quick little orgy with John Decker, Nina Hartley, Anna Malle and Hank Armstrong. This is a wonderful scene that is marred only by some shoddy camera work. This scene is fully half as long as the entire movie, and everyone gets an orgasm or two in. Nina has a couple of beauties and Anna holds up her end of the screaming orgasm requirement as well. Anna is unabashedly enjoying herself through the entire scene and she tells you. Loud and clear. Nina is a treat to watch, mainly for the expressions on her face. There is a particularly memorable moment when she's doing a reverse cowgirl on John's lap and her eyes get really big. She looks like someone who is sitting in those vibrating Shiatsu chairs at the mall. It's a lot of fun to watch. What is better is after a particularly good orgasm, she throws her hands up in the air and yells "Touchdown!" This scene is the epitome of two couples who are really good friends who get together and have sex in the living room. Yes, I know you've scene countless scenes like this in other adult movies, but this is one is how it really should be. In most adult video, while you may get the partners swapped around here or there, they don't really interact with each other. Usually, they go off to their separate sides of the room to scromp until the voice in their head tells them to tag up and switch. They don't interact with each other. There is no conversation, they're out of reach... etc. Not here! Oh no, these four people talk, joke, fondle, lick and communicate. I love it.
Alas, this last scene really could have used some better camera work. Way too many close-ups of the guys' sweaty faces, too many shots where you only see parts of two actors and lots of the living room and so forth. It's not intolerable, but it is distracting.
The Image/Audio: The image is crisp and clear. Colors are accurate and there are no artifacts that I could see to distract you from your lessons. The audio is okay, but irregular. Lesson number one is outdoors and Nina's voice has to compete with the wind in the microphone. Lesson three with John Decker suffers from Nina being closer to the microphone that he is. When he speaks, you have to strain to hear him. When she speaks, she is much louder.
The background music for the scenes that have it is a pleasing saxophone tune that sounds like it came out of a Vegas lounge before the show. It's not bad at all and it fills up the empty spaces quite nicely. This must be a difficult dilemma for porn producers everywhere. What music accompanies anal sex effectively? My only complaint is that they have it cranked up for the menu, which is a small complaint at most.
The Extras: There is a bio of Nina Hartley. That's it.
The Good: For anal instruction, this movie is hard to beat. The last half of the film is fun to watch and very realistic.
The Bad: Minor audio nits, lack of sex, and not much of a film to masturbate to. But that wasn't really the point, was it?
Overall: If you ever want to "play the back nine" as it were, then this video is going to be extremely helpful.