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Released: Nov 01st, 1988
Running Time: 85
Director: Paul Thomas
Company: Vivid Entertainment Group
Cast: Jerry Butler, Jeffrey Wallich, Stephanie Rage, April West, Rocky DiLorenzo
Critical Rating: AAA 1/2
Morality playlets in adult video are a crap shoot. Get the wrong cast chemistry and you have an insufferable bore on your hands with all those little self-examination speeches working like a tooth yank. Not so here.
Director Paul Thomas originally had First Of April in mind as The Brat transition feature that would explain the elimination of the Jamie Summer character. It would have been even more interesting to explain the existence of Jerry Butler who goes back to being the husband (he was in the first Brat feature, subsequently giving away to Tom Byron who continues as Nikki Randall’s husband). But why spoil a good transition. This feature works so well in of itself, regardless of the premise.
April West reminds me of a full figured Vanna White. As the new “Mrs. Morty” she’s winsome, sexy, then bitchy as her marriage to Butler courses through the bramble path from “I’ll serve you breakfast in bed – everyday, honey” to “But it was only $25,000, get off my case!” Thomas serves as Butler’s sounding board through all the little nuances, de-masculinizations and shifts in subtlety of the marital relationship.
West rips through some pretty interesting sex scenes in clouding a real cocktail shaker with a door-to-door bozo (Rocky DiLorenzo) who Butler hires as a test to the stability of their pact. Good sexy drama, which leaves you panting more for West-Brat or no Brat.P.S. look real close in the background of one of the hair salon sequences. Director Vince Benedetti plays a cosmetologist of all things.