Time: 1:35, Director: Stormy Daniels, Date: 2015
Screenshots: On our Tumblr
Source: 1280×720 MP4 downloaded from Wicked Pictures subscription site
Pleasure ✓+, Passion ♀, Balance ♀-
As the lead singer for a popular local band, Jessie (Small Hands) has the oportunity to sleep with a lot of different women, and he makes the most of it. But there are signs that he's missing something, and when he meets Katelyn (Keira Nicole), he falls desperately in love with her. The only problem is that she has just moved to LA with his best friend Matt (Seth Gamble), who has just returned from college in Connecticutt for his first job. Everyone from Matt to Jessie's bandmates is worried about what is about to happen, and it doesn't help that Matt and Katelyn are staying with Jessie while they look for a place to live.
If you're thinking, "Well, this is porn, so it's obvious what happens", then you have not watched enough of Stormy Daniels's movies. It's become almost a trademark for Daniels to set up these seemingly predictable stories and then to develop them in ways that are anything but predictable but somehow still seem absolutely right. This is one of those movies, and, as far as the story is concerned, it's probably the best of Daniels's movies we've seen. Ultimately, the story isn't just about Jessie's struggle with temptation but about the price he now has to pay for his past—and the price his past exacts from his friends.
A lot of time is spent developing the story, too, about 45 minutes, which is about half the movie, though some of that is devoted to two songs Jessie's band plays. (Let's just say that there isn't a piano on the stage but there is one in the music.) And a big part of what makes it all work is how incredibly good the acting is, by everyone. The two leads, Small Hands and Keira Nicole, are especially good, but Seth Gamble and Brendon Miller are also terrific in supporting roles, too. There is a wonderful comedic cameo from Stormy Daniels.
The only thing that holds this movie back is that the sex scenes are a bit mixed. There is only one really good scene here, the third, with Cassidy Klein and Ryan Driller. But that one feels almost gratuitous: Klein plays Katelyn's sister, whose only role in the movie is to receive a phone call she doesn't have time to take because she's about to have some sexy time with her partner. The fifth scene, with Dahlia Sky and Brendon Miller, also has no real role in the story.
All five of the sex scenes are also very brief: All of them are eleven minutes or less, and three of them are less than ten minutes. As regular readers of our reviews know, we often complain about scenes that are too long, especially in movies with stories, where they have a tendency to break up the flow. But scenes that are too short make it difficult to connect with the lovers and can feel choppy and unrealistic. For example, in the first two scenes, there's an almost symbolic bit of cunnilingus that lasts maybe five seconds. What is the point of that? We think it might have been better to have fewer scenes but have them be just a little bit longer. And relevant to the story.
Another issue is that the camera work in the sex scenes is also mixed. In some of the scenes, it is very good, and in all of the scenes there are interesting and creative shots that help keep it visually interesting. But there are a lot of pornish angles in the second scene, with Keira Nicole and Seth Gamble (that is otherwise a very good scene), and the men are too often out of frame.
As we said, though, those are just the reasons we find ourselves unable to give this movie our highest rating. We nonetheless recommend it very highly, especially for people who like plot-based porn. You'd be hard pressed to find a better story in porn than the one told here (maybe Le Baiser [The Kiss], maybe Marriage 2.0, review still to come). And the acting really is fantastic.
Scene 1: Krissy Lynn and Small Hands (♀♂)
Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ♀
Jessie (Small Hands) has sex with groupie Bridget (Krissy Lynn) at his apartment. It is a very short scene, but not a bad one for that reason. It doesn't have a lot of time to develop, though, and obviously there is not much sense of connection between these characters. Still, the sex is reasonably natural, and they seem to enjoy themselves.
The photography at the beginning is very voyeuristic. For quite a while, we do not even see her sucking his cock, but only see her from behind. The fucking tends to be shot from a widish perspective.
There are some small problems with the sound, which seem to be common in the recent movies from Wicked Passions. It seems as if one of the microphones is being jostled.
Scene 2: Keira Nicole and Seth Gamble (♀♂)
Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance ✓
Matt (Seth Gamble) and Katelyn (Keira Nicole) have sex in a parking lot near a beach, on and around their car. She is a bit nervous about having public sex, but is also excited by it, and the way they talk about it is very convincing. They play their roles very well, in fact.
The sex is reasonably convincing, and they seem to enjoy themselves. She seems to be fairly aroused, but never close to orgasm. Her dirty talk is fairly natural and at least does not become a distraction.
The camera work is not as good as in the first scene. He is very much out of frame much of the time they are fucking, though there are some wider shots, too. Still, she is much more the focus than he is.
Scene 3: Cassidy Klein and Ryan Driller (♀♂)
Female Orgasm: Multiple, Cumshot: Stomach
Features: Cunnilingus Orgasm, Massage
Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀
Kateyn's sister (Cassidy Klein) has sex with her boyfriend (Ryan Driller) on their bed after he gives her a massage he owes for having lost a bet.
The massage at the beginning is sensual and loving, as is the way he kisses her. She seems to become aroused very quickly when he eats her, but there was obviously a fair bit of editing, so it does not seem over-acted. She seems to have several orgasms, but the end, when he has his, is a bit abrupt.
The camera work in this scene is again very good, more like the first scene. There is probably a better mix of shots: some very intimate ones when they are kissing, but mostly wider ones when they are fucking. We do lose him, though, when they are doggy style, and there are more closeups then, too.
Scene 4: Keira Nicole and Small Hands (♀♂)
Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance ✓
Katelyn sneaks into Jessie's room in her undies and wakes him up to have sex with her. He tells her she shouldn't be there, but she tells him it will be their secret.
The sex is pretty convincing, but maybe not quite as passionate as one might expect. It might also have added a bit of realism if they were trying to keep quiet. They do seem into each other, though. She seems to have a pretty good time, and to get quite aroused, but she never seems very near orgasm.
The photography is similar to that in the third scene. There are things that are very good about it, but he is out of frame much of the time they are fucking.
Scene 5: Dahlia Sky and Brendon Miller (♀♂)
Female Orgasm: Yes, Cumshot: Ass
Features: Cunnilingus Orgasm
Pleasure ♀, Passion ♀, Balance ♀
The drummer (Brendon Miller) and his girlfriend Alison (Dahlia Sky) have sex in the green room before the show.
Some of the positions are a bit pornish, but there is some sense of genuine passion. They do not do much to carry the story into the scene, though: They are supposed to have been apart for some time, and we don't get much sense of that. The ending seems a bit sudden, too.
The photography is a bit more creative than in the other scenes. She is, as usual, more the focus than he is, but we do not lose him as much.