Released: Jul 01st, 1986
Running Time: 81
Directors: Ken Gibbs, Johnny Stallion
Companies: Venus 99, Essex Video
Cast: Steven Craig, Honey Wilder, Melissa Christian, Danielle (I), Johnny Stallion, Nikki Cherry, Laurie Smith, Jay Jones, Buddy Love, Kathy West, Billy Dee
Critical Rating: AA 1/2
Genre: Feature, Film
Some seduction accompanies the sex scenes in Wet Kisses and for that reason, it’s a cut above. Sometimes a cheapy sneaks up on you. It doesn’t look like a better production and no more money was spent, but the actors care, act well and put fire into their sex scenes. Note the real cute Nikki Cherry and her blazer with Billy Dee. For once, a few of the sex scenes have a purpose for happening. And watch for a fine sexual and acting performance from Danielle. The story, you ask? Oh yeah, a mudslide keeps a film crew in the mountains for a few days so they have a lot of sex to pass the time. Okay packaging features Sharon Kane in a see-through teddy.
Essex touts its latest release, Wet Kisses, as being recommended for couples. They should have recommended it for couples who are fairly new to porn viewing, or for men or women (probably women) who are a little leery of watching overly graphic sex, but who want a little more than softcore. Basically, Wet Kisses is a 35mm lushly photographed story about five women meeting for a high school reunion, and telling each other about their ultimate sexual experiences.
This film is meant to cater mostly to women. The sex is fairly sanitized and clean (no graphic close-ups, no cursing, and no heavy moaning and groaning), and the players are all fairly attractive. And the individual scenes cater to women's fantasies. The opening segment, with Honey Wilder and hubby, explores intimate, emotional love-making. He's sensitive, warm and supportive . . . sounds like a fantasy to me! The hook here is that all the sex scenes take place in or around water (lakes, fire hoses, lawn sprinklers, etc.).
The two lake scene are gorgeous to look at, but fairly uninvolving sexually. The actors are under water for most of the time and it's hard to see what's going on. Again, your basic fantasy sequences. Even the three-way with Sharon Mitchell and two studs seems clean.
Okay, maybe I'm jaded. I've seen hundreds of XXXers, and for me, Wet Kisses is just too tame. There is no graphic excitement, nothing new. However, it's perfect for the newcomer who might want to see a hardcore film, but is shy or embarrassed about what they might see on screen. The 35mm aspect is a plus, although the picture quality is not quite as sharp as it might have been. Still, it's lovely to look at. And guess, what? No requisite lesbian scene! Hurrah! Mitchell does try to amuse Wilder, but . . . Hands Off! So, if you're new to adult video, or want something a little less graphic than most, Wet Kisses is a sometimes erotic, nice bit o' porn.