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Affairs Of the Heart

Released: Feb 01st, 1994
Running Time: 79
Director: Bud Lee
Company: Vivid Entertainment Group
Critical Rating: AAAA
Genre: Film

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Critical Rating: AAAA

I've seen so many crummy videos (and a few lousy films) recently that I'd just about forgotten how good a well-made adult feature could be. Bud Lee has crafted (for the most part) something that rivals Hollywood on the technical levels of cinematography, editing and acting, and is right up there on my list of nominations (multiple) for next year. The sex scenes slowly simmer, then sizzle and the whole package, with an excellent marketing campaigns, makes it a must-stock tape for retailers.

Most of the film is done in flash-back with husband Jon Dough and wife Lené. We know they've been married for a few years because someone seems to have sprinkled tooth powder on Jon's head to simulated middle age. No nomination for make-up here.

As the story unfolds, we drift back to a Hollywood party where Jon and Lené meet. She's a suspicious, manhating, cynical, snide bitch —and those are her good points! He's an over-confident, macho know-it-all, and it's hate at first sight. But Jon is comforted by the secure, but air-headed Brittany O'Connell. She's only got one scene, but shows she can deliver lines well —and she screws great!

Lené is running around with a married doctor (are there any single ones?) played by Mark Davis, who is fast losing his British accent. The two have a relative short sex scene because the doc cums too soon, much to Lené's chagrin. But Lené's best friend, Alex Jordan, is more than ready, willing and able to take care of her needs in an excellent girl/girl duo which is also worthy of nomination.

Jon and Lené finally meet again at the engagement party of Alex and Nick East, who not only provide us with a deus ex machina but with the fourth sex scene. Number 5 is, of course, our original feuding couple, which we all knew from the beginning would have to happen.

Both leads in this film give award-worthy performances, as does Brittany. also worth noting are the near-perfect editing, crystal cinematography (by veteran Jane Waters), and a good script by John Speed. Points off, however, for the music which occasionally makes you have to turn up the volume to hear the dialogue, which then gets a little muffled. Otherwise, this is a fine adult film and possibly the best yet done by Bud Lee.


 

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