Released: Oct 01st, 1992
Running Time: 80
Director: Anthony Spinelli
Company: Plum Productions
Cast: Joel Lawrence, Jon Dough, Heather Lere, Persia, Carolyn Monroe, Matt Daniels, Saki, Melanie Moore
Critical Rating: AAAA
It's rare, indeed, when an adult video can boast both a potential Best Actor and Best Actress nominee. It happens here in director Anthony Spinelli's Mainstreet U.S.A. where Melanie Moore and Jon Dough combine to bring flames to the small screen.
Moore and Dough are a mismatched couple. They meet in an analysis session. Moore is there because she feels that nobody loves her, and she can't keep anyone special in her life.
Dough is there for practically opposite reasons. He says that he doesn't want to get involved with women - just to sleep with them. Dough's former girlfriend, Carolyn Monroe, has committed suicide, and though he denies it, his character seems to express an almost perverse wish that women would kill themselves over him just to validate his irresistable charm.
Moore and Dough have a one-night fling which culminates in a very tenuous relationship rife with bickering and incendiary flare-ups. They're square pegs trying to fit into round holes. She tries way too hard. He's not right for her. She's not his type. He resents her and tries to rationalize all forms of excuses, attacking her for having alleged ulterior motives. You can tell that Dough's mind is always working on an escape route out of the relationship.
Mainstreet U.S.A. does a phenomenal job of character study, and in those moments of silence where words fail, the camera tells the story most poignantly in the faces of its performers.
The sex is some of the best Spinelli has ever captured on video (we're not talking about his films, now). The Joel Lawrence/Melanie Moore love scene is one of the tenderest, most compassionate capturings of the flow of the human body in the act of love that the video medium will allow; when Dough takes Moore to bed, the camera is right on top of the fact that she's doing it for love, and he loves the thrill of getting his rocks off.
When not tearing at each other's throats, Dough and Moore indulge in his/her own little brand of kink - Moore joins in a threeway with Matt Daniels and Heather Lere, licking Daniels' sperm as though she were a fawn drinking from a mountain brook - Dough explores voyeurism, engaging Persia and Saki to perform forbidden lesbian rites.
There isn't a weak sex scene in the bunch - and that's extremely unusual for a video shoot. The quality of eroticism is startling in its subtlety, and with a powerful drive-it-home script from Mitchell Spinelli, this has to be considered one of the Spinelli family's absolute best. Dough, who began his adult career with performances that rivaled particle board for intensity, has emerged as one of the best performers in the business. Moore, who showed absolute brilliance in her supporting role in Spinelli's The Party, will give Ashlyn Gere a run for the money in this year's Best Actress category.
With the rousing success of The Party and now Mainstreet U.S.A., Anthony Spinelli is back - and he's kicking ass and taking names.