February 14, 2015

Bitter Sweet, from Smash Pictures

Time: 1:55, Director: Jim Powers, Date: 2013
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Cast: Riley Reid (22yo), Richie Black (23yo), Emily Austin (24yo), Tyler Nixon (26yo), Alyssa Branch (20yo), Logan Pierce (22yo), Melody Jordan (22yo), Kevin Crows, Zoey Monroe (21yo), and Xander Corvus (25yo)


Zoey works for a modeling agency, and she is put in charge of making sure one of their top models, Xander, gets to his shoots. He isn't entirely happy with the idea, but she has a job to do, and she does it. Unsurprisingly, it leads to their falling in love.

There really isn't that much to the story. Far too much time is spent documenting the various photo shoots, which aren't that interesting, and they just don't add very much. If you exclude those, then probably no more than ten minutes are spent on the story. Indeed, there is almost no time spent on the story at all before the last two sex scenes, so that the final three scenes are almost back to back to back.

The acting is a bit inconsistent. Kevin Crows and Melody Jordan are probably the worst offenders, but we weren't terribly impressed by Zoey Monroe, either. On the other hand, Tyler Nixon was very good, in a limited role, and Xander Corvus and Logan Pierce were terrific—as they usually are.

The sex scenes are inconsistent, too. There is really only one very good scene here, the third one, with Alyssa Branch and Logan Pierce. The first and last aren't bad, but the second and fourth left us very cold.

The music during the sex scenes is also very repetitive, and by the end we found it annoying.

The movie was nominated for Best Romance Movie at the 2014 AVN Awards, and for Feature Movie of the Year at the XBiz Awards, where Zoey Monroe was also nominated for Best Actress.

Scene 1: Riley Reid and Richie Black

Time: 16:00
Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance ✓

Riley is showering, and Richie walks in with her and tries to get her not to go so soon. He succeeds.

There is good chemistry between them, and the sex feels fairly natural. Once they start fucking, however, it starts to feel a bit monotonous. This is largely because the camera becomes very static, and it just isn't that interesting, visually, to watch two people do the same thing over and over, even if the same thing they are doing is fucking.

She seems to have a reasonably good time, and to become fairly aroused, but she never seems near orgasm.

The photography does have its moments, though. We do see his face while she is sucking him, and the camera moves nicely between his eating her and her facial reaction. But the camera is mostly behind her when she is on top of him, and he is out of frame when she is on her back.


They kiss in the shower, and he reaches down and rubs her pussy. They move to a couch, where she lies over him and kisses him, then slithers between his legs and sucks his cock. She gets him deep into her mouth and slobbers all over his cock, giving him a sloppy blowjob.

He pulls her up so she is straddling his face, and he eats her. She slides down his body and sinks onto his cock, then leans over him as he thrusts into her. She leans back on her hands and bounces on his cock. He reaches down and rubs her clit, then tosses her onto her back and goes down on her. He puts two fingers into her as she lifts her legs with her hands.

He kneels up in front of her and re-enters her. They switch to spooning, and he pulls out and cums on her pussy and stomach.

Scene 2: Emily Austin and Tyler Nixon

Time: 17:30
Features: Internal, Mouth Fucking
Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ✓

Tyler is doing a milk-related photo shoot, and Emily is the makeup artist on the set. He asks her out to dinner, which she resists, since she's not supposed to date the models, but he begs her, and she gives in. They have sex at his apartment afterwards.

They are very convincing in their roles. It's sweet how he offers to call her a taxi, and she says she was hoping they could make out some more. Indeed, she's the main initiator here.

Unfortunately, though, while the sex does not feel planned, it does not feel very natural, either. We'd expect more passion, given the story, than we get here. As in the first scene, the camera is too static when they are fucking, and that makes it monotonous. And she never seems very aroused until they are spooning.

The photography is below average for these movies. There are some nice shots, but we do not see much of him when she is sucking him, and there is something close to a POV shot for a while when she is sucking him.


They kiss on the couch, and she lies back and pulls him onto her. He lowers her dress and sucks her tits, then pulls off her dress and goes down on her, pushing her panties to one side. He takes them off and continues eating her.

He stands up and takes off his pants, and she kisses and squeezes his cock through his shorts before lowering them and taking him into her mouth. He thrusts into her mouth enough to make her drool onto his cock, though not to gag.

He lies her back on the couch, kneels over her, and enters her. They switch positions so she is astride him on her knees and lying over him. She then lies on her side, and he gets behind her, spooning her. He cums inside her.

Scene 3: Alyssa Branch and Logan Pierce

Time: 19:30
Features: Orgasm?
Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance ✓

Alyssa is a model that Logan is shooting, and with whom he seems to be friendly. They share some wine afterwards, and she says she is feeling lonely, so she asks if she can stay with him. Shockingly, they have sex.

There is decent chemistry between them, and the sex is fairly natural. She seems to enjoy herself a fair bit, too. But, again, many of the sequences feel as if they go on a bit long. This is largely due to the same problem: a static camera. When she is on top of him, for example, the camera stays in the same place, behind her, for a long time. It just isn't an interesting shot.

There are some highlights to the photography, though. There are some nice, wider shots at the beginning, and again when they start fucking with her on her back.


They kiss on the couch, and he takes off her top, and she his shirt, and he sucks her tits as she sits on his lap. He lifts her skirt and strokes her ass, and she sits next to him and rubs his cock through his pants. She pushes him playfully back onto the couch and takes off his pants, then stands up and takes off her skirt. He helps her out of her panties and slaps her ass, then kisses it and licks her pussy from behind.

She leans over him from the side and sucks him, playing with his balls while she bobs on his cock. He leans to his side and strokes her pussy from behind. She then gets astride him on her knees.

He tosses her onto her back and goes down on her. He slaps her pussy lightly, which she seems to like. He then gets on his knees in front of her and re-enters her. He pushes her legs back and together, and then she puts one leg over his shoulder. She reaches down and rubs her clit, and they switch to spooning. He sits them up, so she is over him, reverse, and then they lie on their sides again. She rubs her clit as she leans back to kiss him. He pulls out and cums on her pussy and stomach.

She may cum in there somewhere, but we are not sure.

Scene 4: Melody Jordan and Kevin Crows

Time: 18:30
Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ✓

Melody has been Kevin's assistant for some time, and she has apparently had a thing for him. She asks him why he hasn't asked her out, so they have sex instead.

The story would suggest that the sex should be very passionate, and it is somewhat passionate, but not that passionate. There is decent chemistry between them, though, and the sex doesn't feel planned, but it does feel a bit routine. She does at least seem to have a good time, though she never seems all that aroused.

The photography is about average for these movies. There are some nice shots, but she is too much the focus, and there are too many genital closeups. We have the same problem with static shots, too.


They kiss on the couch, and she strokes his cock through his pants. He lifts her skirt and rubs her ass, then squeezes her tits through her shirt. He kisses her neck, then takes off her top and sucks her tits.

He guides her onto her back and lies over her, sucking her tits again. He gets between her legs and kisses her thighs while rubbing her pussy through her panties. He pulls them to one side and goes down on her, putting two fingers into her. He takes off her panties and clamps his mouth on her vulva.

He sits on the couch, and she sucks him from the side. She then lies on her back again, and he kneels over her and enters her. She rubs her clit, and he then lies back, pulling her on top of him. He thrusts into her and slaps her ass a few times.

He stands up on the couch, and she sucks him again, taking him fairly deep. He sits down and kisses her, then gets behind her so they are spooning. They switch to doggy style, and she reaches under herself to rub her clit.

He gets back up in front of her on his knees, then pulls out and cums on her stomach and tits.

Scene 5: Zoey Monroe and Xander Corvus

Time: 18:30
Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance ✓

Xander and Zoey share some wine at his apartment after a photo shoot. He flirts with her, saying he hadn't met the right woman, until then. So they have sex.

There does seem to be some real chemistry between them, and she seems to enjoy herself, too. As with the other scenes, however, the very static camera while they are fucking makes it feel monotonous, and the repetitive, overdone music is too loud here, sometimes threatening to drown out her sounds.

The camera work is about average for these movies. We really do not like POV shots, since the POV is always male. And the beginning of the sequence when she is sucking him is shot that way. But then the next bit is shot from behind his head, then from beside them, which is much more interesting.


They kiss while sitting on his bed, and he pushes her playfully back, lying over her and kissing her neck. He lifts her shirt and kisses her stomach, then falls onto his back as she lies over him. She kneels between his legs and lowers his pants and shorts, then sucks him quite vigorously. He sits up with her and sucks her tits, and she takes off her shirt as he slides out of his pants, and she goes back to sucking him.

She gets up and takes off her shorts, then pulls her thong aside and gets astride him on her knees. She stands up and takes off her thong, then squats over him reverse, and he thrusts into her as she bounces her hips.

He tosses her onto her back and goes down on her. He puts a finger into her, which really seems to get her going. He rolls her onto her side and spoons her, and she reaches down to rub her clit. He then gets up in front of her on his knees, and she goes back at her clit. He pulls out and cums on her stomach.


  1. I find your reviews very helpful. They are truthful and sometimes brutally honest like this review. I had high hopes for the movie but you were on the money as far as the camera location and lack of flexibility shooting the scenes.


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