Released: Feb 01st, 2000
Running Time: 96
Director: Bud Lee
Company: Adam & Eve Pictures
Cast: Tylene, Nick East, Asia Carrera, Peris Bleau, Jon Decker, Devin Wolf, Chris Cannon, Julie Meadows, Micky Taylor, T.J. Hart, Jill Kelly, Bo Dean, Stacy Valentine
Critical Rating: Not Yet Rated
Push to the couple in tie-dye, Birks and dirndl skirts.
Aside from Stacy Valentine, who wields a couple of lines in the opening scene, Asia Carrera and Devin Wolf are the only speaking characters in this film. God only knows where half the cast listed above wound up, and perhaps only the Gods of casting could explain why Carrera was ever paired up with Wolf. It just doesn't work. Their maturity levels are at opposite poles and this results in a discomfort that gets - considering this is supposed to be a love story - real alarming as the film progresses. One's tempted to ask Asia's character how the hell she could be falling for someone who's so reminiscent of a serial killer.
Wolf plays a caretaker for an estate that screams "haunted" but turns out to be inhabited by Carrera, who's a recluse. Asia got that way because her father, a Japanese-American, had a heart attack when he walked in on her love fling with Nick East. As bad theatrical heart attacks go, this baby's in the top 10, but that doesn't stop mom Veronica Hart - in a very brief flashback - from making Asia feel like a rotten piece of sushi.
The storyline paves a very torturous route to establish the fact that Wolf's a romantic - which practically begs for a dramatic misfire when he tries to woo Jill Kelly with a labored poetry reading. Then, when Wolf tries to explain relationships to Carrera, particularly his with Kelly, well, his cup runneth over with indigestible Tantric shtick. The illustrating scene has him gliding though four different women in one time sequence without so much as an explanation why. "When you let someone in, your life mutates," Wolf tells Carrera. The same goes for romances that become comedies right before your very eyes.