Released: Oct 01st, 1997
Running Time: 100
Director: Jace Rocker
Company: Cal Vista Video
Distribution Companies: Metro Distribution
Cast: Shawna Edwards, Tony Tedeschi, Brittany Andrews, Davia Ardell, Jonathan Morgan, Victoria Hill, Michael J. Cox, Maya (I), Michael Hurt
Critical Rating: AAAAA
From the first frame after the credits, with shot-on-film establishing shots of New York just after WWII and original music tantalizingly close to the classic Gus Kahn /Walter Donaldson song "Makin Whoopee!", you know this is not your average adult video.
The story involves henpecked ad-exec husband Jonathon Morgan fantasizing at playing around while wifey's away. His idea to get va-va-voom starlet Davia Ardell to endorse a new toothpaste puts his libido - and imagination - in high gear. When he approaches Ardell with an endorsement contract, she sees a chance to make her L.A.-based boyfriend jealous by referring to Morgas as "lover boy" in front of newsreel cameras, which compels the boyfriend to go to new York to kick the stuffing out of Morgan and win Ardell back.
The clever script - basically a theme-and-variations on the '50s classic The Seven Year Itch - is aided by lines (and shots) cribbed from other classic films. Some jokes are subtle enough to demand an instant rewind and review. Acting performances are also above average, notably Fozzie (aka George Kaplan) channeling Walter Matthau, and Ardell as a giggly Marilyn Monroe/Jayne Mansfield-type. Morgan shows off substantial physical comedic abilities: mugging, doing double-takes, addressing the camera in asides, even making a production out of lighting a cigarette.
There are six sex scenes, with one g/g. All are well staged and shot, without sacrificing heat or character. First, Kaplan's wife (Victoria Hill) cheats on him with two guys at once. Then, in his fantasies, Morgan conjures up his secretary Brittany Andrews and her office-mate Maya in a g/g. He cheats on his wife twice, first with Andrews, and later with Ardell. Later, he "sees" his wife (Shawna Edwards) evening the infidelity score by doing some horizontal practice runs with ski instructor Tom Byron. Ardell finally patches things up with boyfriend Michael Hurt in the back seat of a vintage convertible in the sexual finale.
Technical work is all first-rate, with great lighting, staging, and editing, including picture-in-picture effects with period TV sets. Pre-noms to videographer Francois Clousout, who achieves film-like images on videotape, and editor Ed DiNero, who seamlessly mixes stock film and new footage. Also noteworthy are the well-done '50s-sounding original music, and the production design, with period automobiles and costumes, and Morgan using a chromium Zippo to light Camel after Camel.
Pre-noms go to Jonathan Morgan for Best Actor; Davia Ardell for Best Actress; George Kaplan for Non-Sex Performance; Best Musical Score; two for Jace Rocker for video Screenplay and Direction; and Best Sex Comedy for the whole enterprise.
Bottom line: Top-notch couples material that can be stocked, and recommended, with supreme confidence.
Makin' Whoopee is exactly the kind of excellent product the adult industry should be releasing to support this format. This critically-acclaimed adult film looks great on disc, with the hot sex and some decent acting making for a strong combination. Add to that the fact that this DVD has one of the most flawless transfers yet released in adult, and this disc should move.