The kindest thing to be said about this approach to exploitation is that it
comes off as good-natured and amiable, living up as much as any other
mockumentary to its claim to be a comedy. Clearly, writer-producer-director
Jonathan Liebert, with dialogue and action to test the concept, knows the
truth about his title.
He has rookie documentary filmmaker Bernard Hyman (Jay Michael Ferguson) lead
us into the forbidden sound stages and orifices of the porno trade which he
is purportedly covering for his documentary. Because of this concept, he's a
constant presence in every scene as he interviews the staff and crew and
integrates himself into their lives, both professionally and personally.
Roxy Free (still, at 50, well-put-together Priscilla Barnes) tests his mettle
with her sex come-on, then goes to work on set posing as a hump machine in
director Chuck Steak's (Mark DeCarlo) latest production, "Touche'." The
scenario and characters are the result of a production meeting that gave
Steak (pronounced "stee-ack") the idea of making a porno queen an insatiable
The setting is Steak's version of a film studio (seemingly a Van Nuys
conversion of an industrial site) and we soon learn that this is the last
film he's planning to make before retiring. It will therefore be his biggest
and best with the world of porn record largest-ever orgy scene. His male star
is Larry Long (Adrian Zmed) whose 42-inch cannon is constantly alluded to but
never truly documented seen in Hyman's frames (nor anywhere else, we can
assume). Meanwhile, neighborhood protesters threaten the production by
closing the studio down.
But what's porno without a serious story hook and the human dimension? So
real director-writer-producer Liebert devises that first-timer Pursey Galore
(Lisa Jay) is the abandoned daughter of Roxy Free and she has been trying to
find a way to bring it up (why is it that everything sounds like a pun?) with
her unsuspecting biological mother. Oh, how the intimate revelations of a
sub-plot raises the angst level and deepens the drama (see what I mean?).
In any case, it's not going to rip you apart emotionally, but it does contain
some appealingly prurient moments and titillating action for the fans.
It'll go well on a double bill with "Inside Deep Throat," furthering the veracity of the truism
that Liebert started out with, "Sex Sells."
Mocumentary: A staged documentary and the last refuge of a low-budgeteer who
isn't too much of a writer and can't afford to hire a real one. A format
that tends to be closer to the work of an amateur than a pro. This one is
full of under-rehearsed moments that aren't fully compensated for by
spontaneity. It may be a fully serious effort to expose the humanity behind
the sleaze, but the only thing saving it is the humor that it's peppered
Participants of the high-paying industry of sordid output seem, often, to
crave sympathy. But that's a reach for folks who have chosen a tawdry
occupation for their life's work. They frequently attempt to portray
themselves as artists and professionals in a self-delusional mockery of
filmmakers with real talent. Some of that is on display here. But, if
this is the best they can do then maybe they can't be put down for trying to
puff up adult filmmaking with a plea for a little respect. And who knows,
fans of South Park will probably buy into it.
~~ Jules Brenner