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The Little Details
Running Time: 83 min.
Production Date: 2002
Director: None credited
Cast: Juli Ashton, Devin Wolf, Charlie, Dante, Chennin Blanc, Cheyne Collins, and expert Dr. Ava Cadell
The Short Story
Initial Expectations: I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen from the Alexander Institute, and this looks like a fun release.
Initial Reaction: It’s fun and nicely done.
Who Should Watch It : Couples who want to spice things up a little but who aren’t quite sure how.
Who Should Avoid It: Anybody who wants a little instruction without fairly graphic sex
The Technical Stuff
Audio /Video Quality: The technical aspects are pretty good. The audio is nicely balanced, and although there are a few background noises most of them fit in with the feature. The video is a bit grainy, and has a very VHS feel to it, but is nicely lit.
Music: The music has a soft feel and varies slightly in balance throughout the movie. It helps the movie almost the entire time, but there isn’t a lot of it.
Disc Complaints: The DVD authoring is very basic. To start with, there’s no time stamp, which means you’re limited to chapter breaks and scanning through most of the movie for navigating the DVD. The menus are also very rough, making you select each selection once to select it and then selecting it again to activate it. I hope these are just problems that are due to this being an early Alexander Institute release, but I’m not sure. There’s also a commercial for the Alexander Institute’s Intimate Loving series that you can’t skip past or even fast forward through. This always pisses me off, and I’m deducting a half point from the overall score because of it.
Menus: The menus are very simple. The both the main menu and the chapter menu clearly lay out the choices with a still behind them.
The FeatureSex Around the House is co-hosted by Juli Ashton and Dr. Ava Cadell. It starts with the usual Alexander Institute style of interviews mixed with a lecture and sex scenes, and then builds that into the scenario of Juli and Devin having a little sex party with some of their friends to explore the subject of using common household items to enhance lovemaking.
|Scene 1 - Juli Ashton and Devin Wolf|
Cute brunette Juli starts things out getting ready for the party in the kitchen with Devin. After sucking a bit of chocolate off each others’ fingers and sampling the strawberries, Juli strips down and they pour a little chocolate on her tits. As soon as Devin strips down they rub together and then blindfold Devin. She pours a little honey on herself and makes Devin find it with his mouth while blindfolded. He moves down to eat her pussy before letting her suck his cock with the help of an ice cube. They finish things up fucking standing up before an “internal” pop.
This is a fun little scene. It does a very good job of making food play fun, and moves along nicely. There’s very nice chemistry between Juli and Devin, and both of them look like they’re having a lot of fun with their game. This is a nice way to start things out.
|Scene 2 - Charlie and Dante|
Charlie and Dante head to the laundry room to have a little fun with Charlie wanting to have some fun and Dante being a little reluctant. They play around with a feather duster and try some clothes pins before Dante moves down to eat Charlie. They play with the duster a little as he eats her, and then fuck missionary style on the drying. Finally, they finish things with an “internal pop”.
This is a nice little scene. The chemistry between Charlie and Dante is just as good as one would hope for with a real life couple, and there’s a great playful feeling throughout the entire scene. I love the clothespin play in the laundryroom, and the scene moves along at a nice pace. This is a fun and hot scene.
|Scene 3 - Chennin Blanc and Cheyne Collins|
Chennin and Cheyne start things out with a little in-house phone sex with Chennin wearing a sexy black outfit. They masturbate a little and strip down to finish one segment before trying out some sexy playing cards in another segment. They kiss and strip down again before Chennin gives Cheyne a little oral pleasure. Cheyne rewards her efforts by fucking her from behind, letting her bounce on his bone reverse cowgirl style, and finishing things up with an “internal” pop in missionary.
This is a pretty good scene. The split between the two segments interfered with things a little for me, and there was also a much smaller “household toy” focus than in the other scenes. That said, Chennin and Cheyne had their usual refreshing chemistry that made the scene enjoyable anyway.
|Scene 4 - Juli Ashton and Devin Wolf|
Juli decides to clean the closet with a little help from Devin next. She has him strip down slow before playing with his ties and a pearl necklace. They exchange oral favors before he fucks her from behind and “pops inside her”.
This is another very nice scene. I really like the importance it puts on both teasing and bringing sex into what most would consider an ordinary and boring task. Juli and Devin make it nice and playful, and I couldn’t help but wish that Devin would have given her a second “pearl necklace” at the end of the scene.
|Scene 5 - Charlie and Dante|
Charlie and Dante start out their second scene in the office. Charlie gives Dante a message before giving him a hummer. She measures Dante with a ruler they have handy, and then lets him spank her with it. They magically move to the gym for a little stretching and some pushups . She teases him and squats over his face before giving him a weightlifting blowjob. They fuck in the cowgirls, missionary, and doggie before Dante finally “pops” in her.
This segment is a mixed bag. Although the gym portion was nicely done and fun, the office segment seemed a bit forced. Once again the scene also suffered a little by cramming two segments together into one scene when it didn’t seem like they belonged together.
|Scene 6 - Juli Ashton, Chennin Blanc, and Cheyne Collins|
As Juli finishes up her shower, Chennin and Cheyne try to find a bit of privacy in the bathroom. Cheyne brushes Chennin’s hair and rubs the brush around her body before she reciprocates with both a regular and electric toothbrush. They also play around with a water pick before shaving Chennin’s legs. Chennin and Cheyne exchange oral favors before fucking doggie style, and she gives him an extra blowjob before riding him cowgirl style. Finally, he “cums inside” her, as Juli quietly watches it all from inside the shower.
This is a nice scene. It does a great job showing all the common things that can be used for a little sex play, and does an even better job bringing in a voyeuristic aspect for the scene. As usual there’s nice chemistry and a nice pace to the scene as well. This is a very nice scene to close things with.
Sex Around the House is a nicely done educational feature. Dr. Ava and the cast start things out looking at many common household objects and having a great discussion on how they could be used for sex play. From there, things devolve a little into a fairly typical porno. It all keeps a fairly softcore feel, which gives the movie a sexy feel while hopefully not scaring away newbies, and it also does a pretty good job of bringing the items which were discussed into play in the scenes. At the same time, some of the segments also seemed a little forced and the fake internal pops got a bit old (although they are understandable here). Finally, I was a little surprised that there were no credits. Sex Around the House appears to be kind of a companion piece to Dr. Cadell’s book, but if you want to check it out you have no real clue how to spell her name. Sex Around the House is a nicely done educational movie with a fun feel and plenty of sexy examples to get the ideas across.
The Extra StuffThere’s plenty of sexuality information, which includes both a long question and answer section with Dr. Patti Britton covering many areas of sex as well as general sexuality information. A trailer is included for the Intimate Loving series which this DVD is a part of. There’s also trailers for the Soulmates series, Sex, Love, and Everything Else, and Sexual Healing. Finally, there’s a bonus scene.
|Bonus Scene - A black chick and Mark Anthony|
The bonus scene comes from Soulmates 2. When Mark shows up to fix the phone at some hot black chick’s place, she feels the need to take a shower after showing him to the bedroom phone. Mark watches her shower before hopping in to join her, and then caresses, kissees, and luffas her before dropping down to eat her. They fuck missionary style on the shower bench and even get in some action in both cowgirls before an “internal” finish.
This is a very nice scene. It’s playful and there’s plenty of chemistry between Mark and whoever the woman in the scene is. It moves along at a very nice pace, and I’m assuming gives a very nice roleplaying scenario.
The Down -n- Dirty Sex Stuff
Themes: Straight, instructional, food play, masturbation, spanking, B&D (light), shaving, voyeurism, and toys
Raincoat Factor: High
Condom Usage: None
The Bottom Line:Currently, many of the Alexander Institute DVDs can be found online for between about $11 and $22, with most stores offering them near the top end. This one’s worth the money if you’re looking for ways to spice things up, and I think it’s fun enough to have some replay value as well. The technical aspects leave a bit to be desired, but there is a bit of effort put into the extras. This is a pretty good DVD with a nice movie.
Note to Alexander Institute: You have some great ideas here, but the low quality of your DVD authoring and your lack of giving care to some of the little things like a time stamp and credits end up hurting the overall DVD. A little extra care in those areas could go a long way.
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