Released: Oct 01st, 1983
Running Time: 83
Director: Richard Mailer
Company: Atom Films
Cast: Paul Thomas, Gina Gianetti, Constance Money, John Leslie, Jamie Gillis
Critical Rating: AA 1/2
The producers behind A Taste of Money have realized the need for something new, different and exciting to perk up adult video. The apparent need for something or someone refreshing has sparked the breaking out of retirement of the vivacious Constance Money. Many will remember Money's performance as Misty Beethoven in 1976. But, after making a few less successful adult films in the late 70's, Constance withdrew from the porno biz as well as the public eye.
But, the big story on "Action News," is that Constance Money is back! . . . and with interest. She is better looking these days, twice as sexy as before, and puts forth not only a believable but powerful performance in her return engagement. She makes it look so easy, because in fact, she is playing herself. Unfortunately, very few penetration shots are shown, so the tease aspect outweighs the explicitness.
A woman content with her private life, Money carries a career as well as a hot and heavy affair with her live-in boyfriend. All is well until her lover gets a chance to run off to Las Vegas and play in a rock 'n roll band. Dramatically, she becomes upset and confused, heading out to seek console from other friends who, by coincidence, happen to be porno stars.
While Constance is searching for "peace," she goes to visit Jamie Gillis (played by Jamie Gillis) who, in reality, only wants a "piece" of Constance Money. Actually, Jamie and Paul Thomas try adamantly to persuade her to come out of retirement and make another porno movie. Gillis, who starred with Constance in Misty Beethoven and who taught her the ropes by introducing her to the world of sex has been carrying a torch for her ever since. His sincerity shines when he takes her to a room with a sign on the door that reads "Constance Money Memorial Shrine." Inside they find the props and wardrobe she wore in her first film.
So deeply touched by the display Constance melts in Jamie's arm and what transpires is the "teacher meets pupil" scene from Misty Beethoven, only ten fold. A very sexy scene.
Veteran porno star Sharon Mitchell also throws her two cents in while listing to Constance's tale of woe. She intimately talks her into making the right decision, telling her to sleep on it (and with her) so that things would look brighter in the morning.
Constance must also seek advice from long time pal John Leslie, who sits down and really raps with her. This is the most disappointing point in the entire cassette because all they do is "rap" . . . no sex! How in the world can you put two attractive porno superstars together in an adult film for any length of time and not have them perform at least one sexual act. In fact, there is hardly any hardcore seen in the entire film. Now that's what I call getting "short-changed."
One high point in A Taste Of Money is a "HOT" air balloon ride where Money takes the balloonist to new heights and initiates him to the "mile-high club." This scene has some of the most beautiful and colorful aerial shots you'll find in any porno or mainstream film today. Director Mailer went to great lengths to capture a beautiful moment floating in space.
A Taste of Money, obviously a large budget feature with top name performers and expensive settings and backdrops, encouraged Constance Money to come out of retirement. Let's hope that she will continue to make quality films like this in the future, with maybe a bit more of a hardcore performance.