Center of Sex
Directed by Antonio Adamo
Starring: Bridgette Kerkove, Felecia, Nikita Denise, Samantha Sterling, Sophie
Evans, Syren, Toni Ribas, Mark Davis, Erik Everhard, Pat Myne, Joey Ray
Running time: 1hr 38mins
Antonio Adamo directs this slick but flimsy tale of Bruce and Diana, a couple
(played by the real-life pairing of Toni Ribas and Sophie Evans) who come to
Los Angeles to further the husband's fledgling career as a porn scriptwriter.
After their arrival at a familiar beautiful house, they meet Nick (Mark Davis)
a porn director who invites Toni (to ease my confusion, I'll stick to actors'
rather than characters' names - Mark even calls "Bruce" Toni at one point during
the movie!) to the set of his latest "big budget" movie. Turning down sex with
his good lady wife, who clearly had her eye on Mark, Toni arrives on the set
next day. No wonder he's surprised at that "big budget" tag; Mark's production
looks like a cheap off-cut from Virtualia.
On with the shoot, which provides the first sex scene. Heavily made up in outlandish
face paint that does nothing to flatter her, Samantha Sterling copulates with
Joey with attendant verbal proclamations of high excitement, but the film-within-a-film
setting makes it seem doubly artificial. Aside from the way she takes his cock
in her mouth, there's very little thrill about it. Frankly, it's hard to believe
I'm watching sex like this in a Private movie. They go at it till his come streaks
the busty American actress' throat and ample tits.
To help Toni get more idea about what's needed in his scripts, Mark arranges
for Toni to join him in the company of another porn actress (Nikita Denise).
The sultry, raven-haired temptress eagerly plants herself in Toni's lap. His
initial reluctance is indecently brief (Wife? What wife?) before he fingers
her and she seeks out and swallows down his cock. After Mark offers his cock
for similar attention, she sucks him as Toni bangs her. The chaps exchange roles,
Mark slapping her bum as she rides him keenly, and then she roars as Toni completes
the DP. A little reverse cowgirl anal leads on to another DP and ultimately
the lads deposit thick loads on her curling tongue. There's a wicked glint in
her icy blue eyes - Nikita is hardly my dream girl but an accomplished performer
Meanwhile, Sophie occupies herself by taking their car to a garage, ostensibly
for repair, but clearly she'd rather get her hands inside grease monkey Erik
Everhard's overalls. He doesn't say no. Her skimpy black clothes are shed, they
exchange oral, Erik bangs her standing up, and then she slides down onto his
jackhammer cock, taking it vaginally and anally. Some raw anal action ensues
before Erik's come trickles over her tongue.
Later that evening, there's some tension in the air as Sophie suspiciously quizzes
Toni over his plans to keep visiting the porn movie set to gain "inspiration".
Speaking of which, we return to Mark's movie (I'd hoped to avoid more of this,
but unfortunately not) where we see how Bridgette Kerkove really does come out
of a mould! Or so it seems as she emerges from the scenery on this "sci-fi"
set. Sorry, but I find it hard to imagine this overly altered blonde is the
stuff of anyone's fantasy. The close-ups of her collagen-stuffed lips sliding
over Pat's cock do not help her. I run away screaming from the TV, as she looks
"seductively" into the camera. Why, Bridgette, why? Lots of uninvolving anal
sex happens on my return, and then she emotionlessly instructs Pat to come on
her mouth. He misses, from 1mm range. It's that kind of scene.
Afterwards, for some inexplicable reason, Toni asks to meet Jennifer (Bridgette)
and arranges a date for another day. Oh no, does that mean more of her? I am
afraid so. Mark doesn't think Toni can hold out till their meeting, so he arranges
Straight into the next scene, which I guess is the surprise; dusky girl-girl
star Felecia already has her legs spread while sexy Asian girl Syren slicks
Felecia's slot with saliva. While Toni reaches into her "whale net" style fishnet
tights, Syren uses a dildo on Felecia, slapping her clit to bring her to heights
of unimaginable ecstasy. Then she slides a silver bullet vibrator into Felecia's
ass. Felecia continues anally fucking herself while intently watching Syren
give Toni some wet oral, then take his come on her chin, throat and tits. Quite
a pleasant little scene, but though Felecia still looks very good, would it
be impolite of me to suggest the lady is not 19 as the cast notes suggest, nor
has she been 19 for quite some time?
By now Sophie's character is wondering if what he sees on set isn't turning
Toni on. He assures her it's all strictly professional, but after another cold
shoulder in bed that night, and Toni arranging to meet Jennifer, Sophie goes
to the set with Mark to see for herself. Spinning her a line about becoming
an actress, Mark moves in for the kill and soon is feasting on the receptive
Sophie's boobs and pussy, fingering her ass too. She swallows his cock to the
hilt. From spoons to reverse cowgirl, there's a little bit of energy from both
parties. Sophie nearly laughs as she says, "Your cock is so big!" It seems like
she can't take this sort of nonsense seriously either. Whatever the truth of
this, her bum is filled as she moves her hips on Mark's prick. Mark stuffs her
ass in doggy and comes on her face. She sucks him wickedly.
I'll say this for Sophie - though her facial appearance hasn't quite clicked
with me, in terms of her physique, her performance and natural sexiness, her
star quality is undeniable. Which makes it all the more incredible that Ribas'
character should turn her down in favour of someone looking like Bridgette Kerkove.
But here they are together. At least Bridgette's bum is still her own (I think)
and is easy enough on the eye as Toni plumbs her depths with fingers and tongue.
I'll refrain from further comment on Bridgette's looks because it will only
involve needless cruelty. Her eyes are nice, though. Toni lifts her and bounces
her on his cock, bangs his dick up her hard and ends up urging her to ride herself
silly with his prick stuck deep in her ass. She strokes him off into her mouth.
I won't disclose the ending, not that it's much of a finale anyway, but I can
only say that it's a down note and quite unsatisfying.
Center of Sex is a real missed opportunity. Would it be expecting too much to
have Sophie and Toni use their own experience as a real-life couple in the porn
business to bring some genuine passion to the drama? Sophie Evans herself has
commented that jealousy is only natural in this situation. One has to take into
account the limitations of the cast's acting skills (Mark Davis aside), but
there's little impression given of the jealousies inherent in the lifestyle.
No one really gets hot under the collar about the conflicts between on and off
screen sex lives, and instead they shrug, mutter excuses about being professional
and happily wander into the next encounter. The potentially interesting basis
for the story becomes a flaccid, flimsy yarn. In the end it's another lightly
plotted porno soap opera.
But then that's all down to me taking the plot even halfway seriously, silly
boy. It's a porn film; isn't it really meant to be about sex? I'm afraid it's
none too impressive on that level either. With the exceptions of Evans, Ribas
and Davis, much of the sex is even more stilted than is usual for Antonio Adamo;
the female US-based performers really don't help on that score (Nikita Denise
Following from this, Center Of Sex lacks the ample visual compensation Adamo
usually provides for the sexual shortcomings (by which I mean that the sex is
explicit enough, but that x-factor - chemistry, heat, passion, call it what
you will - is absent). A modicum of Adamo's visual polish has been applied,
but the camerawork is surprisingly deficient at times, and those cheap sci-fi
sets and garish make up are just horrible. All in all, it smacks of a contrived
attempt to create a Private product especially for the US market - not that
it needs another contrived porn movie. Center Of Sex? Not even close.
Good picture quality, good sound, just as you should expect from Private. No
issues there, but extras fans will be disappointed with the lack of any report
or additional footage. There are photos, cast and production notes, oodles of
language and subtitle options and a DVD-Rom feature with catalogue and pictures.
There are also trailers: for this movie and five others.
One side note - the closing credits cite Antonio Adamo as the scriptwriter.
Then a few seconds later, additional titles name the ubiquitous Barbara Brown
as writer (credits on recent DVD reissues of some older Private titles attempt
suggest she was the writer of virtually every Private movie ever, except for
where Pierre Woodman's name is so prominently displayed). So what gives? Who
is Barbara Brown? Can't Private let people take credit for their own work? Let's
face it; if Adamo wants to take credit for this movie, Private should let him