June 21, 2013

The Friend Zone, from New Sensations Romance

★★★★½
Time: 2:05, Director: Eddie Powell, Date: 2012
Screenshots: On our Tumblr
On the web: The Romance Series, IAFD
Cast: Lexi Bloom (23yo), Danny Mountain (28yo), Dana DeArmond (33yo), Xander Corvus (24yo), Giovanni Francisco, Riley Reid (21yo), and Anthony Rosano (35yo)

Review

This is a Cyrano de Bergerac story, updated for the internet dating era. The script was written by Jacky St James, who is also credited as First Assistant Director and Production Manager.

Kevin (Anthony Rosano) and Gina (Riley Reid) are best friends, but just friends, who live together in one of those huge movie houses they could not possibly afford. Gina's sister, Wendy (Lexi Bloom), has her long-time boyfriend Mack (Danny Mountain) unexpectedly break up with her, so she proposes that they all try online dating. Kevin's work friend John (Xander Corvus) gives him some advice and offers to help him with his profile, using a picture of their other workmate Cameron (Giovanni Francisco). Of course, Gina finds that profile, and Kevin (aka "Surly Steve") and she start talking on the computer. In the end, Kevin has to confess, and Gina gets so angry with him she more or less ends their friendship. But everything works out in the end. Of course.

The movie, which was nominated for Best Romance Release at the AVN awards, is very story-focused, with about fifty minutes being devoted just to the story. And the story is an amusing enough version of the original (though not nearly as funny as Roxanne, though that is hardly a criticism). It is very, very funny in places, and in others quite sad. And, while there are places that the acting could be better, it is still pretty good overall, and it is very good at times.

It's a bit unfortunate how much is made in this movie of the 'friend zone'. The term has a lot of negative connotations for me, due to the way it is used by so-called PUAs. But set that aside. The term is embedded in the culture to some extent, and one does not have to understand the term the way the misogynistic dickheads do. It's certainly not what meant by it in this movie.

Overall, then, this is a really terrific porno. The sex is not as good as in some of the other movies in this series, however, though the women do seem to enjoy themselves. But the camera work in the sex scenes is really excellent, and the final scene is fantastic.

Scene 1: Lexi Bloom and Danny Mountain

★★★★½
Time: 15:00
Features: Orgasm
Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

In the first scene, Wendy (Lexi Bloom) is expecting her long-time boyfriend Mack (Danny Mountain) to propose, so she waits for him on the bed in white lingerie, after which they have sex. She cums while he is fucking her from behind, and he cums on her stomach and pussy. They cuddle afterwards, but his "surprise" turns out to be that their relationship isn't working, and he breaks up with her.

There's a great connection between them, with a fair bit of kissing, and some excellent communication. She is fairly active, too, but her moaning, though it may be natural, is a bit distracting.

The camera work is terrific here, with lots of close-ups of his face as she sucks him, and also as they are fucking. The camera moves a fair bit, too, and is rarely stationary for very long. There is quite a bit of editing, but it is well done, and the scene still seems to progress fairly naturally.

A really nice scene overall.

Synopsis

They make out on the bed, and he rubs her pussy through her panties, then puts his hand into them, then fingers her and eats her after they have come off. She sucks him, then gets astride him on her knees, leaning over to kiss him. They switch to spooning, and she reaches down to rub her clit as they hold hands. They switch to doggy style, and she cums. She turns onto her back, and he kneels in front of her. She pulls her legs back and together, and he cums on her stomach and pussy.

Scene 2: Dana DeArmond and Xander Corvus

★★★★½
Time: 18:00
Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

In the second scene, Tiffany (Dana DeArmond) stops by to see her boyfriend John (Xander Corvus) so she can apologize for cheating on him. She says she had to do it because it was on her bucket list, but wants to get back together with him. So they have sex in the bathroom.

The connection between them is good, but not quite as good as in the first scene. But there is a lot of kissing, and a good bit of communication. She seems to have a very nice time, too, and often seems close to cumming, though she never does. He cums on her stomach.

The photography here is similar to that in the first scene, and every bit as good.

Synopsis

They kiss, standing, and he pulls her top down over her shoulders, then lifts her skirt and puts his hand in her panties as she rubs his cock through his pants. He squeezes her tits and kisses her neck, then lowers her bra and sucks her tits. He pulls her skirt down and kisses her stomach, then her thighs. He pulls her panties aside and licks her. He pulls off the rest of her clothes, and she takes off his shirt, then undoes his pants and gets in front of him on her knees. She plays with his cock through his shorts, then pulls his cock out and sucks him. She rubs his cock while masturbating herself, then licks her way up his body and kisses him, and they start fucking standing, with her back against the wall. She reaches down and rubs her clit, and he moves behind her. She then sits on a little table, and he stands in front of her as she lifts her legs around him. She reaches down and rubs her clit a bit, again, and he pulls out and cums on her stomach.

Scene 3: Lexi Bloom and Giovanni Francisco

★★★½☆
Time: 19:00
Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ♀

In the third scene, Wendy (Lexi Bloom), who is getting frustrated with the online dating scene, decides to go out and get drunk. She ends up having sex with Cameron (Giovanni Francisco), the guy whose picture Kevin had used for his profile.

So it's meant to be two people who've just met at a bar or something, and who have more than just a sexual attraction, having sex for the first time. But it just isn't as passionate as it should be. It's sweet, and quite romantic, but that isn't the right feel, and they don't kiss enough. Ultimately, the sex seems a bit rote, and the ending, with them hopping up so he can cum on her tits, is pornish and out of character for the rest of the scene. Worse, she never seems all that aroused.

The camera work is again fantastic, though.

Synopsis

They start making out on the couch, and he pauses to ask her out on another date before they have sex. She takes off his shirt and kisses his chest and stomach. She unzips him as they kiss and puts her hand into his pants, then makes her way to his cock and sucks him. They switch positions, and he pulls her dress over her head as they kiss. He then makes his way down her body, kissing her stomach and thighs, teasing her, then pulling her panties aside and finally licking her pussy. He pulls off her panties, then kneels in front of her on the couch, and she puts him into her. They switch positions, and she gets atop him on her knees. She bounces on his cock, then leans over as he thrusts up into her. They switch to doggy style, then to spooning. They hop up, and he cums on her tits.

Scene 4: Riley Reid and Anthony Rosano

★★★★½
Time: 22:00
Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance ♀

In the last scene, Kevin (Anthony Rosano) and Gina (Riley Reid) finally get together. The connection between them is fantastic, and sweet, and the way they interact is completely convincing for the scene. Their expressions of affection, and the way they smile at each other, add a lot. Overall, it is incredible how well this scene is acted.

The downside is that, while she seems to enjoy herself a great deal, she never seems all that aroused. It's too bad, because otherwise it is truly amazing.

Synopsis

They kiss, standing, then as she lies back on the bed. He unbuttons her dress, then slips it off her shoulders and kisses her shoulders and chest. Slowly, with perfect drama for the moment, they slowly slip off her bra, and he sucks her tits. He takes off her shoes and kisses her feet, then goes up and kisses her again. He pulls off her panties and goes down on her. They sit up, and she takes off his shirt and kisses his chest, then lowers his pants and sucks his cock briefly. He lies on the bed, and she lies over him, kissing his chest again and then getting between his legs to suck his cock. She straddles him, stroking his cock, then grabs a condom, puts it on him, and gets atop him on her knees. He rolls them over, and she starts to seem very aroused. He gets off her and eats her pussy again, and they switch to spooning. She then gets on her back again, and he cums on her stomach.