Director: Mark Archer
Production date: 12/30/01
Length: 105 min.
Extras: An 8-min. blooper reel, five previews and a slide show with 20 photos.
Audio/visual quality: The video is razor sharp all the way through. It includes a great mix of long, medium and close-up shots, with several interesting camera angles that alternately highlight smoldering eyes, pretty feet and inviting genitals. The set is stark and rather elegant. It consists of all-black furniture on a black backdrop, which showcases the cigar and cigarette smoke beautifully. Occasionally, the cameraman catches other parts of the room along the edges of the screen, but it's only a minor distraction.
The music is smoky jazz (and what could be more appropriate?). The music is sometimes the only audio, but this happens more often during the tease sequences than during the solo sex. There are a few small issues with audio hiss and background noise, but the dirty talk is always easily heard and understood.
Reviewer's caveat: This is an odd choice of titles for me, since I'm not a smoking fetishist and have never even touched a cigarette (I do enjoy a good cigar on lazy Sunday afternoons, however). I chose this DVD because I loved Kick Ass' Specs Appeal 2 and also because I was in the mood for something a little different. I haven't watched any of the other volumes in this series, but I knew ahead of time that this disc would focus primarily on teases. Viewers who are expecting more might be sorely disappointed.
First impression: True smoking fetishists will probably really like this movie; the rest of us may have a complaint or two about the editing style and the limited scope of action.
Scene highlights: Each of the ten scenes begins with a naked tease and/or interview. Most often the actresses smoke cigarettes first and then move on to cigars (which makes me happy, since I think cigars are definitely sexier). The solo sex is heavily intercut with additional smoking footage.
Lola, the sultry Latina who graces the box cover, eyes the camera seductively while she enjoys a cigarette and a blue vibrator. She provides excellent feedback to the viewer during her masturbation. "Ooh, yeah, that was nice!" she whispers as her face contorts orgasmically. Lola is the first of several actresses to fill a wine glass with her exhaled smoke, which is a pretty nifty visual effect.
Katie Morgan, a dirty blonde with an engaging smile, expresses a preference for menthol cigarettes. She provides a nice view of her trembling ass during the tease and holds a cigar between her toes as she smokes it. Katie seems to derive great satisfaction from an enthusiastic diddling with two-finger penetration.
Katrina Spanks, a freckled and raven-haired newcomer, lightly fondles herself while she sweetly articulates all her favorite types of foreplay and fucking. Katrina also demonstrates her footjob technique by gripping her own hand between her feet.
Nyomi Arman, an extremely attractive actress with exotic Peruvian features, grants the director a short interview and masturbates sensuously with a purple vibe. Nyomi speaks very little, instead exuding a cool air of mystery.
Sasha Love (a Russian with bobbed burgundy hair) and Karima Nine (a Hungarian with blonde streaks and amazing eye glitter) share a fun scene. Sasha starts with a cigar and Karima starts with a cigarette, and then they switch. Karima kisses Sasha's breasts and feet and receives a good, hard spanking in return. Sasha fingers herself, but Karima only brushes her external genitals. They're silly and giggly, yet totally adorable together.
Gabriella Banks, a 19-year-old redhead, injects some humor with her crazy ad-libbed monologue. She describes in great graphic detail the many ways that smoking can be incorporated into sex. At one point, she demonstrates by holding a cigarette in her pussy (the unlit end, of course). Gabriella rubs her clit and goes on and on about how she likes white stuff, cum and cigarettes and long skinny things in general...
Danka, a Czechoslovakian of Swedish extraction, is an exhibitionist with a mischievous grin that lights up her whole face. A former smoker, she agrees to be a good sport and light up a few more cigarettes for this production. Danka produces quite a lot of natural lube; her vaginal secretions are clearly visible when she massages her vulva and spreads her pussy lips.
Scarlet, a freckled redhead with a spunky ego, chats nonstop in her cute little-girl voice. She plays with her breasts and cracks her toes repeatedly before fingering her clit. Scarlet also makes her asshole "wink," and she tells a funny story about giving her boyfriend a blowjob in the backseat while her parents were driving.
Alexxxis, a dark-haired girl who wears no makeup, ignores cigarettes altogether in favor of a cigar. She talks about how her clit piercing has made her multi-orgasmic, and she masturbates with a lavender vibrator. Alexxxis looks very innocent as she wistfully informs us, "I wish you could come over and help me."
Jenna Haze, a 19-year-old brunette with a nasty streak, gets busy with herself right away while talking up a storm. She sucks on a metallic green vibe while describing several fantasies for us to consider. Jenna claims her ass is still "practically a virgin" and that she wants our "yummy, yummy sperm." She also sticks a cigar into her vagina and then back into her mouth. The scene is somewhat marred by questionable editing; at one point during the masturbation, there's a 27-second cutaway to footage of Jenna alternately sucking on the cigar and vibe. However, she does appear to experience multiple orgasms (and says so in the behind-the-scenes featurette).
Thumbs up: The scenes all give a nice feel for the women's individual personalities (or at least their onscreen personas). I especially like Lola, Nyomi and Danka, but those are just my subjective preferences. I imagine there are quite a few fans of Jenna Haze who might enjoy her scene, which contains the loudest (and probably the hardest) action on this disc.
Despite the slightly ridiculous cover text ("Black death pushing out pert nipples from the inside... Cruel girls giggling at your impotence while languidly puffing their cigarettes..."), Smokin' 3 is a rather classy production. The actresses look remarkably happy and healthy; they're enjoying an opportunity to exhibit themselves, and they make it perfectly clear that they want you to enjoy it as well. (The possible exception is Alexxxis, who tries to do a good job but sounds like she might be fighting a respiratory infection.)
Thumbs down: There's far too much gratuitous smoking footage once the masturbation begins. The conclusion of Jenna Haze's scene is particularly frustrating. It's clear that she's about to climax (again), yet the video cuts away to an image of her blowing smoke. The voice-over lets us hear her excitement increasing, but we're unable to see it. (Luckily, we do cut back in time for the orgasm). Ideally, the actresses should be smoking and masturbating at the same time. If that's impossible, smoking footage should be used only sparingly to bridge the most essential edits. Otherwise, it's best confined to the tease segments, where it doesn't interrupt the masturbatory action.
Taken as a whole, the action here is very much on the soft side. Lola and Jenna tell us when they're climaxing; I suspect a few of the other actresses (especially Katie) come as well, but it's not quite as clear. Several scenes include only light self-touch and lots of dirty talk. The lesbian action in particular is underdeveloped—it gets off to a promising start, but never progresses much beyond smoking, spanking and foot worship.
Themes: Smoking (primary theme), masturbation (major theme), dirty talk (major theme), lesbian, foot worship, spanking, toys (vibrators only).
Condom use: None.
Juice-o-meter: Medium high for me. But my experience may have been colored by the fact that this is the first DVD I've seen where the actresses talk to me so directly.
Final analysis: The overall rating on Smokin' 3 has been my toughest judgment call to date. I've considered a whole range of values, from 2 stars ("below average") all the way up to 3.5 stars ("good"). The editing choices have probably damaged the heat for many viewers, yet it's really not a bad disc. Objectively speaking, the technical aspects are quite strong. And subjectively speaking, the scenes turn me on at least half the time (despite the fact that several actresses keep referring to my "cock"). Other reviewers of this series have generally handed out much harsher assessments than my 3-star "above average" rating. Just be aware that the mileage is going to vary greatly on this one, and a rental might be the wisest choice.