Time: 2:31, Director: Bishop, Date: 2012
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Cast: Misty Stone (26yo), Alec Knight (40yo), Carolyn Reese (38yo), Ryan McLane, Kaylani Lei (32yo), Richie Calhoun, Brooklyn Lee (23yo), Kris Slater (31yo), Lexi Belle (25yo), and Xander Corvus (24yo)
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Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ✓+
Rachel (Lexi Belle) works at a diner, and Ryan (a very young looking Xander Corvus) is a regular customer on whom she has a crush. He works for some sort of firm that does mergers and the like. Both their co-workers are trying to convince them to make a move, since each of them is so obviously besotted with the other. So Ryan does actually go to the diner to ask her out, and he finds her hugging someone she is very excited to see. It's her brother Jonathan (Kris Slater), but of course Ryan thinks it's her boyfriend and leaves, which devastates Rachel.
The rest of the movie, of course, concerns what it takes to get Rachel and Ryan together. But there are some good subplots, as well. We particularly liked the talk about love that Clair (Kaylani Lei) had with her boyfriend Roger (Richie Calhoun).
This really could have been a great movie. The story is quite good, and a lot of time is spent on it: about forty minutes. But there is nothing special about the sex scenes. They are all reasonably enjoyable, and we really liked the romantic touches in many of the scenes. In the first, for example, Misty Stone and Alec Knight have sex in front of a fireplace, where he's laid out a blanket covered with rose petals. If it sounds corny, it's not. It's a gesture he makes for a very good reason in the context of the story. Strangely, though, the last scene, which ought to have been the most romantic—long unrequited love and lust are finally requited—is actually the least romantic.
The main problem with the sex scenes, however, is that the sex itself is, for the most part, just too "soft and slow", so it feels like it lacks for passion. That also makes the scenes feel too long—and some of them really are very long, much longer than is typical for movies in this series. That was also true of the other movie Bishop directed in this series: Just Friends?.
The camera work, however, is generally very good. There are some places that the "male gaze" takes over, but these are fairly rare. Unfortunately, though, there are some significant technical problems here. It is often hard to hear people talking over the ambient noise, which points to issues with the placement of microphones. And there are times when the focus seems slightly off, for example, in the first scene in the office.
Still, we enjoyed watching this movie.
Scene 1: Misty Stone and Alec Knight (♀♂)
Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ✓
After a nice dinner out, they have sex in front of the fireplace, which he has lovingly prepared with candles, a blanket, and rose petals. She is stunned when she sees what he has done.
There's really great chemistry between them, and they are very convincing as a couple. The gentle kissing and touching at the beginning is very erotic. It's also very nice how they continue to kiss through the scene, and how they use affectionate language with each other throughout. But we kept wanting things to heat up, and they never really did. It all just felt a bit too soft and slow, and she never really seemed that aroused. That made several of the sequences, and the scene overall, feel too long. It's too bad, since there are so many other good things about this scene.
Absolutely nothing is made of the fact that they are an inter-racial couple, which is refreshing. There are some comments about trouble he had with her father, but we are not told what that trouble was.
The camera work is generally pretty good, but we lose him a bit once they start fucking.
Scene 2: Carolyn Reese and Ryan McLane (♀♂)
Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ✓
Rachel's sister Samantha (Carolyn Reese) has sex with her partner Thomas (Ryan McLane) the night he asks her to marry her. He has created a romantic setting by lighting candles and bringing champagne into their bedroom.
There is decent chemistry between them, and there are several believable expressions of affection, as well. But, as in the first scene, everything feels a bit too soft and slow, and the sex lacks for passion. And, while it doesn't seem entirely without pleasure for her, she never seems very aroused, let alone near orgasm.
The camera work is pretty good, but she is more the focus than he is.
Scene 3: Kaylani Lei and Richie Calhoun (♀♂)
Pleasure ✓, Passion ✓, Balance ✓
Clair (Kaylani Lei) has sex with her partner Roger (Richie Calhoun) after they have a difficult conversation about love.
There is pretty good chemistry between them, and it's sweet how they keep saying they love each other, now that the damn has burst. And the sex is a bit more passionate and varied than in the first two scenes. But it again feels too soft and slow, and many of the sequences seem to last too long. (It's a very long scene, in fact, for these movies.) And, while she does seem to enjoy herself, she never seems near orgasm, or even terribly aroused. That didn't make a lot of sense to us, given the story.
The photography is very good, and we actually see more of him eating her than of her sucking him when they are 69. We do not really lose him at all when they are fucking, except when they are spooning, and he is behind her. Then we hardly see him at all.
Scene 4: Brooklyn Lee and Kris Slater (♀♂)
Pleasure ✓, Passion ♀, Balance ♀
Carol (Brooklyn Lee) has been conspiring with Rachel's brother Jonathan (Kris Slater) to help find Ryan and get him together with Rachel. While spending so much time together, they fall for each other, so they have sex.
There is great chemistry between them, and they are completely believable in their roles, which they carry into the sex. And the sex is more passionate than in the other scenes here, though not as passionate as would be appropriate to the story. She does seem to get quite aroused, though, and to enjoy herself.
The camera work here is better than in any of the previous scenes: more varied, with a better mix of shots. We do lose him a bit when she is on top of him, but we really lose both of them, then, as the camera tends to be behind them.
Scene 5: Lexi Belle and Xander Corvus (♀♂)
Pleasure ♀, Passion ✓, Balance ♀
Rachel and Ryan have sex on their wedding day, just a month after they are re-united.
There is fairly good chemistry between them, and they do carry their roles into the sex, exchanging affections throughout. But the sex is again not as passionate as it should be. It never gets as monotonous as in the other scenes, however, largely, we think, because she seems to be enjoying herself so much. But she never seems aroused enough to be near orgasm.
The photography is about average for this film: quite good, but not as varied as one might want, and we do lose him from time to time.