|Temporary Positions (1997)|
Janine, Tricia Devereaux, Shanna McCollough, Johnni Black, Stephanie Swift, Laura Palmer, Vince Vouyer, Kyle Stone, and J.J. Michaels
Double Sided, Dual Layer (flipper)
Full motion video chapter selection; 2 multiple angle scenes, photo gallery with 40 photos; 32 short video clips; video profiles of 10 Vivid Girls; and trailers for Babylon, Bad Girls #3, Exquisite Excesses, and Where the Boys Aren't #6
Fans of Janine
The First Word: Temporary Positions has an attractive cast and a smart plot, but its short length and weak chemistry keep it from being watched more than once or twice.
What's It About?: Janine stars as an office temp named Jan, who is working at a software development firm. The company has been extremely successful, even though the company's executives seem to be more interested in their own personal development and rewards. The movie starts with one of the co-directors of software development, Olga (Tricia Devereaux), having a late night encounter with one of the cleaning staff (J.J. Michaels). The next morning, Jan has her first day on the job and meets Helga (Laura Palmer), another director. She also meets Millicent (Stephanie Swift), a bright but shy assistant who does a lot of the work that makes the directors look good. Meanwhile, the third director, Bob (Vince Vouyer) has a meeting with someone who works for a rival software company. It seems that in exchange for the rival firm's product plans, Bob is paying this corporate spy (Kyle Stone) quite well, including a "bonus" threeway with a call girl (Johnni Black).
The focus then shifts back to Jan, who becomes the object of affection for both Helga and Bob, who want her as their own personal assistant. Helga starts the hunt by seducing Jan in the copyroom, in a matter that can only be considered sexual harassment. :) Then, Bob shows Jan what could be in store for her if she agrees to be his new assistant by screwing his current assistant (Shanna McCollough) while Jan watches and plays with herself. Finally, as the software company's illegal plot unwinds, Jan helps Millicent rise to the top and to realize her talents. As the movie ends, Millicent thanks Jan with some personal attentions of her own.
What I liked: I liked the two lesbian scenes with Janine, but not because of Janine per se, since I'm not a fan of hers, but for other reasons. First, the girl-girl with Laura Palmer is nice because of some nice penetration using a very strange shaped dildo. Also, there's a very creative camera angle when the action moves to the copy machine: as Laura bends over the copier glass, we see a shot from the inside of the copier as it photocopies her boobs (this becomes important to the plot later in the movie). Finally, I marvel at the strength and definition of Laura's tongue muscles as she goes down on Janine! The other good scene was the finale between Janine and Stephanie Swift, who is one of my favorite stars. Not only is Stephanie cute as hell, the ending of the scene is amazing, as Janine has to put her hand over Stephanie's mouth to muffle her screaming. Stephanie appears to have a real, body-shuddering orgasm as Janine works a dildo in and out of her--a very nice way to end the movie.
What I didn't like: My main disappointment with this feature is that it's too short. Not only could it have used another sex scene or two, but I thought the plot was rushed and not developed as much as it could have been. It may sound funny to complain about plot development in a porno, but there are a lot of gaps in the story that make it hard to understand, especially if you're not actively following the dialogue. Anyway, it seems like a waste of a good story, a better than average cast, and the cost of a film shoot to present just five scenes over the course of a little more than an hour. There are also some minor irritations that ate away at my overall rating, including: the lack of chemistry in most of the scenes, giving too much dialogue to Laura Palmer (who's heavily accented English is hard to understand), and the really weak (almost nonexistent) pop shot that J.J. Michaels delivers at the end of his scene. Oh, and I can't forget to mention the stupid Vivid DVD logo that appears during the multiple angle scenes, or the problems with those multiple angles in general...
DVD Extras: This disc is a perfect example of my irritation with Vivid's DVDs. For the casual viewer, the features look incredible: VR interface, multiple angles, video bios, still photos, and hours of video clips. However, these extras come at the expense of feature length and A/V quality. Although I can't confirm that any footage has been cut from the DVD release (since I haven't seen the VHS version), the running time of 70 minutes is extremely short for a feature film. Also, the IAFD entry reports the running time for Temporary Positions as 74 minutes, which leads me to believe that some footage has been removed from the DVD.
The bonus video clips (32 in all!) account for most of the video on the disc but are just filler. They are poorly edited, making them very hard to watch. For example, most of them end abruptly, after just a minute or two of action, so they're not even good for jerking off to. They can't be there for marketing purposes, because except for 4 of them, the clips are not labeled at all. Even the AVN Awards clips aren't identified--they start with a few seconds of the AVN presenters saying, "And the winner is..." Without identifying the winner, the video cuts to the unidentified, supposedly "award winning" clip, itself only lasts about a minute. It seems pointless to me to include video clips that aren't good for either sexual content or marketing.
A/V Quality: The A/V quality is quite variable, ranging from excellent (no pixelation) to average (visible pixelation and a some film scratches). The sound is hollow and echoing, making it hard to understand the dialogue at times--even if this was a problem with the production sound, it would have been nice to see it cleaned up and enhanced.
The Last Word: This is an above average Vivid production, but it's not as good as it could have been. The feature is too short, and it's full of worthless filler. I'd recommend it only If you're a Janine fan, or if you can rent it, since the value isn't on par with other features in Vivid's premium DVD lineup.