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Released: Apr 01st, 1986
Running Time: 85
Director: Adele Robbins
Company: VCA Pictures
Cast: Diedre Hopkins, Ron Jeremy, Paul Thomas, Bunny Bleu, Honey Wilder, Helga Sven, Herschel Savage
Critical Rating: AAA
I'm not going to give you any double-talk about this one. There's no double cross here; nothing to make a viewer do a double take. Double entendres aside, Double Standards is a fine little film of love and lust in the California hills that features something for all erotic tastes.
Herschel Savage and Honey Wilder are the nominal stars, playing an L.A. couple whose sex life has lost its zing, as evidenced by the opening scene. Guys, if you ever woke up horny and though about "surprising" that woman next to you, this scene might shatter that illusion. Wilder's look of bored resignation is priceless.
From here, we never see the same couple (or coupling) again. Savage picks up a hitchhiker who'll do anything for a lift (including giving Savage one), while Wilder gets rid of her neck pains with some help from a doctor's house call. Then, in rapid succession, we meet the hitchhiker's boyfriend. The boyfriend's mother and daughter and uncle, the uncle's nurse, the nurse's husband... you get the idea.
The plot here is tissue-thin, but that's only the better to keep the sexual encounters moving. Threesomes, anal intercourse, lesbian love and more are all presented for the edification and enlightenment of the audience. Special kudos should go to Kristara Barrington as the initiator in a particularly well-handled all-girl scene; Diedre Hopkins, whose face and body should delight adult video fans and the virtually omnipresent Ron Jeremy in a comedy role as a hotel bellhop.
Double Standards brings to mind a similar film of a few years back, Satisfactions, and the "no star" policy might annoy viewers who want to see a particular performer in more than one or two sex scenes. Also, William Margold's narration, while well done, adds little to the film. But don't let these minor detractions take away from your enjoyment of a sexual smorgasbord that is the perfect closer to any (dare I say it?) double feature.