The Neighbors (2007)

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17 November 2015 | lor_
Okay reflexive porn, with light touch
James Avalon made an excellent, serious film titled "The Neighbors" for Sweet Sinner in 2012, while this earlier light-hearted feature he made for Penthouse bears the same title. Both demonstrate his skills.

The Penthouse products emphasize vignettes rather than a riveting storyline, and this one has ordinary couple Lola and Van Damage dealing with the disruption caused when their neighbor (Christian X) rents out his home for a porno shoot. Avalon uses his own crew on-screen as the fictitious porn crew, and the movie shows rather insularly how the Adult industry is not only okay but can be helpful to a marriage. Such propaganda is quite common in porn, and rather easy to take this time around, it being so transparent.

The antics next door include a sexy fancy-dress hump on a staircase by Tommy Gunn and Denice K; a threesome featuring Sandra Romain and Sasha Grey (more to say about that later), Naomi spotlighted with both deep throat and anal-sex specialties, and a fantasy threesome for Lola with two studs. Of course, she and hubby Damage live happily ever after.

An interesting sidelight, provided by the informative Behind the Scenes short subject is that Naomi was the award-winning big deal newcomer on this project, while Sasha Grey was just along for the ride, even shown up in her single vignette by far sexier stablemate Sandra Romain. Grey inexplicably (to me) went on to become one of the 21st Century's biggest porn stars to date, while the AVN award (Best New Starlet, a designation even Naomi mocks in the BTS interview) proved meaningless if not the kiss of death; Naomi made over 150 videos before the award and only about 10 afterward.

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