An answering-service operator mixes up clients' phone messages, resulting in all sorts of sexual consequences.An answering-service operator mixes up clients' phone messages, resulting in all sorts of sexual consequences.An answering-service operator mixes up clients' phone messages, resulting in all sorts of sexual consequences.
Plotwise, fellow filmmaker Carter Stevens (billed as "Steven Mitchell") runs a garment company, is married to much younger Christie Ford and has fan favorite Hillary Summers for a wayward daughter. Bug-eyed beauty Ford falls "victim" to another Barbour faux pas and winds up with curly top Marc Valentine (the 'made man' type who got his rear end lovingly seen to by indomitable Annie Sprinkle in her DEEP INSIDE showcase) rather than overburdened punch clock lover Edwards, describing her every lascivious action over the phone to her neglectful husband who's tenderly taken care of at the other end (!) by above and beyond the call of duty secretary Robin Sane a/k/a "Robin Storrs".
In a runner-up for most memorable scene, Hillary's deflowered by her highly skilled ballet teacher, portrayed by an oddly yet effectively cast against type Bobby Astyr whose whimsical sense of humor takes the sting out of this potentially tawdry encounter. Superstar Samantha Fox is a model and occasional deal sweetener for Stevens who balances her professional submission, pleasuring potential buyers Dave Ruby and one shot Rico Estrada, with a dominating private relationship with sweet 'n' vulnerable Merle Michaels. Engrossing power dynamics between these two really makes their Sapphic set-up sizzle. Bumbling Barbour brings up the rear with appreciative Ashley Moore and a cute quote from Howard Hawks' TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT ("You know how to whistle, don't you ? etc.") will leave savvy viewers with a contented smile on their faces.
Howard also happens to be a real filmmaker and it shows in the superb cinematography and editing, easily on a par with US indie productions. He also supplies a fun Hitchcok cameo as the pretend movie director unsuccessfully trying to pick up Vanessa at the bar. How's that for post modern auto reflection ? Hey, I can hold my own with the ivory tower intellectuals who are, after all, used to holding their own... On a personal note, this movie was no instant favorite when I first saw it over a decade ago, when I was still looking for that 'real Hollywood' feel in adult features and not quite appreciative enough of well done raunch. Coming back to it recently, I've had to happily revise my opinion. This is and will always be one of the milestones in American adult movie-making. Lava-hot sex with cinematic craftsmanship combine to make this a permanent fixture in any self-respecting porn fan's private stash.
- Sep 28, 2007