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Released: Sep 24th, 2013
Running Time: 142 Min.
Director: Paul Thomas
Company: Vivid Entertainment Group
DVD Extras: Behind the Scenes, Behind the Scenes Featurettes, Bonus Footage, Cumshot Recap, Still Gallery(ies), Trailer(s)
Cast: Jon Jon, Penny Pax, Presley Hart, Bailey Blue, Ash Hollywood, Brooklyn Lee, Michael Vegas, Chanel Preston, Brandy Aniston, Chastity Lynn, Prince Yahshua, James Deen, Herschel Savage, Eric Swiss, Steven St. Croix, Mia Lelani, Nat Turnher, Richie Calhoun
Critical Rating: AAAAA
Hope (Brooklyn Lee) is desperate to find her birth parents. Almost broke, homeless and alone, the seedy underbelly of the city offers up a solution that Hope never thought she'd take. Shot on the streets of San Francisco, the home of the original "Behind the Green Door," master director Paul Thomas' sequel explores the dark side of human nature through the iconic character that Marilyn Chambers etched indelibly into our collective erotic imaginations 40 years ago. With a special guest appearance by original cast member Johnnie Keyes, and bonus footage with Marilyn Chambers' daughter McKenna Taylor.
A voiceover announcer assures us, as The New Behind the Green Door begins, that all the sex depicted is consensual and, despite appearances, star Brooklyn Lee is not being tortured—but that comes later. First, director Paul Thomas has to establish Lee's character, so as the plot unfolds, it's Christmas, and James Deen gives her a new vibrator, which she can't wait to try out. But just as she's about to cum, Deen grabs her and takes her to the bedroom, where he fucks her in several positions, all the while imploring her to tell him her sexual fantasies until she reveals that she imagines being bound, gagged and gangbanged on a stage by 12 black guys—a scenario that Deen, who has no problem manhandling Lee himself during sex, finds to be a turn-off.
Deen, of course, only has "normal" fantasies, like being blown by two women (Penny Pax and Ash Hollywood) at once, which we see in brief, blurry detail while he's fucking Lee missionarily—in fact, so much detail that Lee suspects there's more reality to it than he'll let on.
But the fact is, Lee and Deen have a troubled relationship that survives more on the sex than the communication, and while he's eating her out against a support beam in their living room, Thomas intersperses the action with flashbacks that better define the relationship—and it ain't pretty. Even less pretty is that they're on the verge of bankruptcy, which is why they have to walk to a neighborhood party rather than driving Deen's now-repossessed car.
Despite its modern trappings, the party is right out of 1997's The Ice Storm, with all the attendees either on the prowl for new (or additional) partners ... or already making it, like hosts Dana DeArmond and Steven St. Croix in their shower, and later on their bed with decently hot anal action. Deen's fantasy duo is there as well, pleasuring each other on an antique desk as Deen first watches, then joins in, all of which is intercut with DeArmond and St. Croix's scene—which, sadly, reduces the heat of each.
Meanwhile, Lee chats up old high school flame Richie Calhoun, and when St. Croix finds out, he bribes Calhoun to bring her to his recreation of the gangbang scene from the original Behind the Green Door, which St. Croix has just watched on video, and clips of which are salted throughout this movie. That chance comes when Lee follows Calhoun to one of his musical gigs and finds it's a sex club full of horny masked sex fiends pleasuring each other in all their holes with cocks and toys.
Assuming Lee's there to play, Chanel Preston dresses her in appropriate clothing, and sure enough, Lee's fantasy is about to come true, as she finds herself in a lacy number that reveals all—and in a room with Nat Turnher, Jon Jon and Prince Yahshua, who know just what to do with her. Their oral, vaginal and anal play is intercut with solo, couples and three-way sex happening in other rooms—and with more clips from Behind the Green Door, some of which mirror the "real life" action. Again, intercutting decreases heat—but is way more artistic.
In fact, there's a good amount of pure artistry in this movie, such as when Lee walks down a San Francisco street and sees scenes from her relationship with Deen playing out on the windows of the cars she passes; when Preston dresses and undresses Lee in various costumes in preparation for her four-way; and even in the exact recreation of the "swing scene" from the original Green Door, which is displayed on monitors around the room where the four-way is taking place—with guest star Johnnie Keyes pointing out to other club attendees that, yes, that's his younger self licking Marilyn Chambers' pussy on the screen. And in appreciation for Calhoun's having gotten Lee to the club, club owner St. Croix sends Brandy Aniston to reward him ... with plenty of anal.
Before the movie's over, there are a few surprises which we won't reveal here, but suffice to say that several plot threads are tied up, and though the ending is something of a downer, it's well in line with what's gone before, and in its own way, fulfilling.
Also included in the package is a copy of the original Behind the Green Door movie, and one "extra" on the main disc has Keyes, Marilyn Chambers' daughter McKenna, and director Thomas going on a tour of the old O'Farrell Theater where the original was filmed.