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Released: Jun 01st, 1991
Running Time: 85
Director: Charles Gray
Company: Hollywood Video
Cast: Raven Richards, Tracey Adams, Gail Force, Taylor Wane, Heather Hart, Jon Dough, Jamie Leigh, Buck Adams, Marc Wallice, Eric Edwards
Critical Rating: AAAA
X Factor The Next Generation picks up fifteen years after the first story, with Eric Edwards returning as one half of the partnership that begat psychic sexual healing. Now a widower, Edwards has little to look forward to in life. Although he has a loving daughter (Heather Hart), his son Tom (Mar Wallice) is a worthless boozer and womanizer.
Edwards is saved (unknowingly) from the brink of suicide when he feels the "vibrations" of love that emanate from his daughter and her boyfriend, Jon Dough. Yet in a curiously similar accident, his daughter is nearly taken from him in the same way his wife was, via a hit and run driver. Now it's up to the brother to change his ways and create the X FACTOR to save his sister.
It takes nearly half the film to disclose the plot, which then rushes headlong to conclude itself. This lopsided structure hurts the story, which is a decent follow-up to an excellent earlier movie.
The best sex scenes are in the top half of the film as Tom and his raunchy friend Ray (Buck Adams) sleaze their way through the Hollywood nights. Adams has a powerful encounter with Jamie Leigh on the hood of his car in the parking lot; but then both the guys steal some time in a neighbor's hot tub with Raven Richards and Taylor Wayne, the party really begins to steam up.
Heather hart's loving relationship with Jon Dough is punctuated by montages of the couple walking hand in hand on the beach, though there is no meaningful dialogue to compel the audience to believe their relationship —it just exists because the story demands it. When the plot begins to unravel, the sensuality takes a back seat, and it's up to Marc Wallice and Gair Force with their final show of passion. The film ends with such a tremendous outpouring of power by these two performers that the viewer is willing to forgive all of the lapses into melodrama that the picture has dipped.
It's a quality effort that we recommend.