Cast: Nina Hartley, Tiffany Mynx, Violet Blue, and Dick Danger.
Director: Ernest Greene.
Videographer: Ralph Parfait.
Production dates: 1/28/07, 4/26/07 (taping), 2/14/08 (DVD).
Length: 85 min.
Extras: A 25-min. behind-the-scenes featurette, a 17-min. interview with Nina Hartley, a 20-min. bonus scene from Brat School, 31 min. of trailers (Carolina Jones and the Broken Covenant, Love Squirts, Bree's Slumber Party, Hello Nurse, Latin Seduction, Provocative, The Naughty Co-Ed Caper, Stripped: Ava Rose, A Night in Jail, Sunshine Highway, American Heroes), and a 7-min. slide show with 53 photos.
Audiovisual quality: Once again, videographer Ralph Parfait and the whole production and post-production crew have done a lovely job. The pacing is never rushed, never dull. Camera angles are clear and explicit and yet flattering to the women. The continuity is quite nicethe sun is setting in the first scene, and the changing light progresses in a completely natural fashion. It's little details like those which prove a production has been treated with care and professionalism. The A/V quality narrowly misses a five-star rating only because the sound in the second scene is hollow, with a persistent hiss and intermittent rumbles. This might be a result of processing out more distracting background noisesthat's an uneducated guess, since I've never done any video work myself. In any case, it's not unbearable, since the dialog and sex noises are still pretty easily heard.
Screenshots: At the time of this writing, an image gallery is available at adameve.com.
Ratings note: Nina Hartley's Guides are, of course, an instructional series. So the "Plot" rating above reflects my evaluation of the educational content and overall flow of the commentary.
Introduction: Nina Hartley and Violet Blue In this guide, Nina ably addresses a subject that's especially near and dear to her heart. Her educational background includes a degree in nursing, which she originally studied with the intent of becoming a midwife. Joining Nina are two beautiful women who have both given birth before, and who were both in the third trimester of low-risk pregnancies at the time of the taping. Violet Blue skillfully handles the 19-minute discussion segment, answering Nina's questions directly from her own experience. Topics include fluctuations in arousal, the benefits of foreplay, common anatomical changes, suitable sex positions, body image concerns, negotiations and compromises for mismatched libidos, the possibilities for increased intimacy, and several specific tips for nurturing the mom and reassuring her partner.
Demo: Nina Hartley and Tiffany Mynx Tiffany, who is six and a half months along, has graciously agreed to help demo. As always, Nina excels at explaining anatomy and technique. But what makes this scene even more special is the warm, sincere, and uplifting discussion about couples staying close while making a family. Emphasis is placed on maintaining a loving connection through honest communication and affectionate activities. Nina pampers Tiffany with a foot rub, perineal massage, breast fondling, and oral stimulation. Nina dons a strap-on for gentle vaginal sex in the two positions which are most comfortable for Tiffany. A vibrator helps Tiffany to a real orgasm (there's no ambiguityit's possible to see her pelvic muscles contracting in pleasure). Afterwards, Nina and Tiffany address the delicate subject of anal intercourse, which appeals to some but by no means all women during pregnancy. Time: 41:16. Rating: 5 stars.
Inspiration: Violet Blue and Dick Danger Violet, who is eight months along, pairs up with her husband to provide the rarest of treats for the viewers: real lovemaking by real parents-to-be. This is Dick's first-ever appearance in an adult movie and his first time as a father. Dick and Violet admire her tummy in the mirror, and he pampers her swollen vulva with his tongue. She gives a sensual blowjob. Violet has a look on her face that can only be described as beatific during the vaginal sex in four positions. Dick stays rock hard for her and climaxes like a pro across her voluptuous chest. Time: 21:42. Rating: 4.5 stars.
Extras The behind-the-scenes featurettes for this series typically cover two installments. This one focuses solely on the preparations for this particular shoot. It's beautifully done. Everyone looks and sounds so happy! The interview with Nina is every bit as excellent as I've come to expect. She provides further advice and stories in her always friendly, accessible, and knowledgeable manner. Adam & Eve's choices of bonus scenes often seem incongruous to me, but pregnancy is such a special situation, that it's easy to forgive 'em for not finding one that matches the theme. The action at Brat School is actually not half-badit's an energetic schoolgirl fuck between plaid-skirted Leah Jaye and hunky T.J. Cummings.
Thumbs up: This whole movie glows just as much as the pregnant participants. Honestly. Nothing is ever once faked or forced. The quality of instruction is top-notch. The sex is understandably quiet but still quite pleasurable to behold. It's all done with great sensitivity yet no shortage of hotness. It's all very genuine, a word I'm not often able to use when discussing adult movies of any type.
The conversational flow is at its best, too. They threw away the cue cards for this one, and I'm so glad. Nina reads a few questions from her clipboard, and the interview with Violet proceeds perfectly smoothly. Nina and Tiffany simply chat like the friends they are. We should all be so lucky to hear chats like that on a regular basis.
Thumbs down: I can't find much to nitpick. I do wish there were a few more reaction shots of Dick, whose face is scarcely glimpsed. Violet draws nearly all of the camera's attention. And well, maybe rightfully so. She is quite stunning here. We do get to know her husband a little better during the behind-the-scenes, where he comes across as very personable and surprisingly relaxed.
Also, there's an early promise for a back rub demo that somehow failed to make the final cut. Back rubs are pretty basic, though. And Nina and Tiffany have shown so much other good stuff that I can't feel too disappointed.
Themes: Pregnancy, pairs (F/F, M/F), real couple (M/F), kissing, caressing, foot massage, perineal massage, oral sex, vaginal sex, toys (vibrator, strap-on), lingerie.
Condom use: None for Dick and Violet (who are married, of course!). For hygienic purposes, Nina uses latex gloves on her hands and a condom on the dildo during the demo with Tiffany.
Juice-o-meter: Medium to high. This surprised me. Pregnancy is not exactly one of my fetishes, but the radiance of the mothers-to-be seduced me.
Final analysis: I've never been pregnant and probably never will be. So unlike Nina Hartley's Guide to Stripping for Your Partner (which I also loved and put to good use right away), this latest volume has no direct application for me. Nonetheless, I believe that Nina Hartley's Guide to Great Sex During Pregnancy is the pinnacle of this series to date. The logistical obstacles to assembling this production surely must've been daunting. And yet, the result looks completely easy and natural. It's informative and erotic and classy and...dare I say...moving. If you have any interest in this topic whatsoever, this is the DVD you need. It will be a long time, if ever, before anyone surpasses what's been achieved here.