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Released: Jun 01st, 1998
Running Time: 79
Director: Thomas Paine
Company: Sunset Entertainment
Cast: Lovette, John Decker, Asia Carrera, Tricia Deveraux, Tony Tedeschi, Ashley Renee
Critical Rating: AA
Perfunctory shelf filler, at best
Despite a couple of average sex scenes, this deadly-dull feature has little to recommend it, except that Asia Carrera's legions of fans might rent it just because she's on the box. It's a story about a couple growing apart (the title was once Growing Apart, we gather, since the opening and closing 2257 disclaimers and end credits call it that) where not much happens beyond pedestrian acting and bad dialogue.
The decent scenes are marred by static camerawork, missed insertion shots and long periods where the cameras are just where you wouldn't want them to be (Asia goes crazy getting fucked by John Decker, but the camera stays on her laughing face; or endless shots of a guy's ass, or his face, during the climactic portion of the scene). The best sex, with Tony Tedeschi and Carrera, is washed in so much mood lighting that Asia's completely yellow, Tedeschi's face is red and his tongue is blue. Presumably, this is to indicate a dream sequence; but it ruins the sex.
The sloppiness that permeates Cuming Apart is evident with the misspelling of performers' names on the packaging; the wrong director being listed on the box (unless that's Thomas Paine's real name in the credits, and what a blunder that would be); and a general malaise that seems to have affected all the performers except Asia and Tedeschi (he looks bored, but performs admirably - i.e., stays hard - in three of the four sex scenes).