The Little Details
Running Time: 69 min.
Production Date: 7 / 3 / 2003
Director: David Stanley
Cast: Briana Banks, Lezley Zen, Ashley Blue, Evan Stone, Steven St. Croix, Eric Masterson, Trevor Zen, and Sharon Kane, David Stanley, and many more in non-sex and cameo roles
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: Supposedly this movie got Stanley canned by Vivid because they hated it, then it got nominated for a few awards and they loved it and tried hiring him back. Instead Stanley went to Wicked. That story has me really curious about this one!
Initial Reaction: I can’t wait to see what David Stanley does for Wicked!
Who Should Watch It : Anybody wanting a porn movie about porn
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody wanting long or nasty sex scenes
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are pretty good. The audio is clear and free of background noises, but the balance falters a little in places. The video is very well done, and nicely mixes color and black and white footage. It’s clear and nicely lit, but there is just a hint of grain.
Music: The music has a hard feel that doesn’t always fit the scenes the best. It’s also just a touch on the loud side, and often loud enough to interfere with dialogue in the movie.
Disc Complaints: There’s what seems to be an unending stream of commercials that you can’t skip past before the first menu. It’s well over five minutes and split into different sections so that you have to repeatedly fast forward through them. This really annoys me, and I have yet to find anybody who actually likes this either. If it isn’t enough having them before the movie, there’s also a commercial you can’t skip past after the movie before you go to the menu. I’m deducting a half point from the overall score because of it.
Menus: The main menu is okay (when you finally get to it). It combines a bit of animation with the boxcover for a decent second impression (after the lousy first impression all the commercials gave). The chapter menu shows a little care as well, and lets you choose a scene based on a small clip of each scene and a title for the scene. There’s also a position room that lets you go directly to specific sex acts like missionary, pussy eating, or cumshots, just like Evil Angel’s fetish menu does.
The FeaturePretty Girl is an at least semi-autobiographical story from David Stanley (played by Eric Masterson). After getting into the porn business, the woman he was in love with who came with him from Stillwater, Minnesota (where former Vivid girl Celeste was also from, for you porn trivia buffs) to LA leaves him, taking his heart and a bit of his seed with her as she goes. He doesn’t think he’d make it except for Harmony (Briana Banks), through whom he meets Ashley Blue. The question is, how do you get a porn girl to fall in love with you, especially when she has a boyfriend...
|Scene 1 - Lezley Zen and Eric Masterson|
Hot brunette Lezley starts things out sucking Eric’s cock before he turns his tongue and fingers loose on her pussy. He fucks her from behind before Lezley sits up a bit to bounce on his cock as she moves it into a reverse cowgirl. They also get in a bit of missionary work with Lezley seeing how many fingers she can cram in her cunt with Eric’s cock before he strokes himself onto her stomach.
This is a pretty good scene. Lezley and Eric seem to have pretty good chemistry and definitely have nice energy. I love how Lezley gets a little nastier fingering her pussy while Eric fucks it, but the editing is a bit fast and made it hard for me to get into the scene. This is a well done scene, but it’s a bit short.
|Scene 2 - Briana Banks and Evan Stone|
Overly implanted blonde Briana starts out the next scene with Evan fucking her from behind and pinning her arms to her back. She rolls over for a little missionary as Evan keeps giving her the bone, and then takes a little control bouncing on him reverse cowgirl style. She lies back so Evan can ass how much of his cock he can fit in her throat while playing with her pussy, and finishes things up letting him spray his gooey guy goodness all over her tits.
This is a pretty hot scene. Briana and Evan look to really be into each other, and Evan puts out some great energy that Briana takes with ease. I love how well she takes so much of his cock into her throat as she submits to him, and was actually a little surprised with Vivid’s well earned reputation for tamer sex scenes. This is a pretty hot scene, and I think the main thing it needed was a few more minutes. Since the scene was joined in progress, which felt natural here, I don’t have as much of a problem with it as in so many other scenes.
|Scene 3 - Briana Banks, Ashley Blue, and Trevor Zen|
After a little fun with Trevor and Briana at the strip club, cute and natural bodied brunette Ashley goes home with them for a little more fun. Briana starts out sucking Trevor’s cock while Ashley watches, diddles herself, and sees how much of her fist she can fit down her throat. She even moves behind Briana like she’s fucking her while Briana sucks Trevor, and even lets Briana play with her pussy a little. Briana moves off so Trevor can fuck her missionary style and rides him reverse cowgirl style while Ashley continues to play with them lightly at the most. Finally, Ashley strokes Trevor onto Briana’s stomach as she looks up at him with great eyes and a fantastic smile.
This is an above average scene. There’s great chemistry between Briana and Trevor, as well as plenty of energy. Ashley plays into the scene very well also, but her barely getting involved with Trevor and Briana really held back the scene for me. This is a pretty hot scene that showed the potential to be even hotter.
|Scene 4 - Briana Banks and Steven St. Croix|
Briana starts out lying on her stomach sucking Steven’s cock. He plays with her pussy and guides her head a little while she happily sucks him, and moves on to fuck her from behind. Briana takes it missionary style as well from Steven before he creams on her stomach.
This is a pretty good scene. Once again its short length is its biggest fault, but they appear to have some nice chemistry. There’s some nice energy as well as a good flow to the scene. This is a short but likeable scene.
|Scene 5 - Ashley Blue and Eric Masterson|
A few days after shooting Ashley as she diddles herself at his place, Eric takes her on himself. She starts out sucking Eric’s cock and shoving her fingers down her throat as he captures it with his hand held camera. Eric fucks her from behind next before letting Ashley have it missionary style. She also gets up for a cowgirl ride before she lets Eric cum on her face.
This is a pretty hot scene. Once again there’s some nice chemistry, but the energy is down to a very normal level. This fits the scene just as well as the over the top energy fits some of the previous “porn scene” scenes, and helps to give the movie a touch more depth. This is a very good scene to finish things up with.
Pretty Girl is a very well done movie. I’ll admit that I couldn’t help but want to like the movie as soon as I learned that David Stanley was a fellow Minnesotan, but he went far past that hope. Pretty Girl has a very human and emotional feel that really worked for me, as well as a very creative way to tell an emotional story. Normally I don’t care for voice-overs, but Stanley’s voice-over helps to give the movie an extra level of depth and emotion. I also love the adult industry perspective of the movie, which nicely blends humor with a fair amount of honesty. The editing, which had a fast music video style at times, didn’t always work for me, but at the same time was part of what made the movie stand out to me. Perhaps the thing that says the most about how well Pretty Girl worked for me was the running time. It doesn’t even last an hour and ten minutes, yet it felt more complete and satisfying than many other adult films which ran significantly longer. Pretty Girl is a unique and human movie that went far beyond where I expected it to.
The Extra StuffTrailers are included for Frosted, One Way Out, Perfection, and Rack ‘Em. A bio is included for Briana Banks, as well as parts of her scenes from Happily Never After with Eric Masterson and Sessions with Lezley Zen. There’s also part of Angelica Sin’s scene with Dirty Harry from Sweetie Baby. In all three cases, the scenes appear to have either the first or last part cut out of the scenes. Briana’s photo gallery lasts about two minutes while the movie gallery lasts about a minute with roughly ten seconds per good looking snapshot in each gallery. Multiple angles are included, but you can see early in the first scene that they aren’t always true multiple angles. There’s also plenty of commercials, a couple of full bonus scenes, and a behind the scenes featurette.
The behind the scenes featurette almost ten minutes. After a quick talk with Lezley Zen in the makeup chair, things move around the set. There’s a little more of Lezley, a chat with Eric Masterson, and a quick talk with Briana Banks as she’s in the make-up chair. You get a little of Eric and Lezley talking about their upcoming sex scene as well as David Stanley working with the cast. It’s a quick and short behind the scenes featurette, and left me feeling like it was way too short.
|Bonus Scene 1 - Briana Banks and Eric Price|
The first bonus scene comes from Swoosh. Briana starts out in a shiny silver top, panties, and skirt with fuck-me pumps on a staircase. As Eric tells her what he’d love to see her do sexually, Briana diddles herself. She begs Eric to come up and finish her on the staircase, and after he comes up to let her suck his finger he walks back away and tells her that she’ll have to wait until later.
This is a very nicely done tease scene. It only lasts a few minutes, but there’s great chemistry between Eric and Briana. The scene builds up nicely as Eric talks, and you can see Briana wanting to fuck more and more as he talks and she plays. This is a very well done scene, especially for its length.
|Bonus Scene 2- Rachel Rotten and Rob Rotten|
The Rotten’s scene comes from The Lowlifes. Rachel, who’s still nicely sporting her Bettie Paige look here, takes on her heavily tattooed, pierced, and green mohawk sporting hubby in what appears to be a bathroom wearing a black skirt, white top, and white socks. Rob shoves her down so he can fuck her face before letting her sit back on a bench so he can tongue and finger her twat. She lets him rip off her top before he fucks her missionary style, and then climbs up for a reverse cowgirl ride. Rachel even lets Rob ream her rectum doggie style before taking a nice facial to finish things up.
This is an odd scene. The main thing that makes it odd is the music in the background, which moves among classical pieces such as Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyrie. The other thing that holds it back is Rob Rotten, who’s look makes me glad that I hadn’t eaten anything in a while. On the good side, Rachel does a great job. She looks to be into the sex nicely and looks great here. This scene has some hot sex, but the music definitely holds the scene back from its full potential.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, group, and masturbation
Raincoat Factor: Medium high
Condom Usage: 100%
The Bottom Line:Currently, many of Vivid’s DVDs can be found online for between about $15 and $28, with most stores appearing to offer them in the $20 range. This one’s well worth the low end. The movie really worked well for me, and showed a lot of care and spirit. There isn’t much for worthwhile extras, but the technical aspects are well done. This is a great movie on a DVD that feels like it’s crammed with quantity rather than quality.
Note to Vivid: Bonus scenes can be a good thing, but please include the entire scene in the future. If these were the entire scenes in all cases, please choose your scenes a little better so that the viewer doesn’t feel like they’re only getting part of the scene. Most importantly, please let the viewer choose to skip all of the crap at the start of your DVDs. Nobody likes to be forced to watch anything, and your doing so shows very little respect for your viewers. That lack of respect for your viewers is the main thing that’s kept me from picking up more of your releases to check out.
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