Released: Jan 01st, 2004
Running Time: 90
Director: Toni English
Company: Adam & Eve Pictures
Cast: Nina Hartley, Keri Windsor, Dee (I), Randy Spears, Steven St. Croix, Brooke Adams, Dale DaBone, Asia Carrera, Mario (I)
Critical Rating: AAA
If the series has performed for you in the past, don't rock the boat.
By any account, reaching the age of 21 is a watershed event. It implies wisdom, experience and durability. AVN congratulates the Naked Hollywood series. Welcome to the fraternity ... and prepare for the inevitable hazing.
As regular viewers undoubtedly know, Sex in the City provides the unofficial blueprint on which NH is modeled. While imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, it's possible to be too sincere, and therein lies the problem; at least for the lone male viewer. A sweaty evening of mindless monkey-spanking is definitely not in the cards.
Assuming the kind of poker faces that only professional meat puppets can muster when convinced they're doing Serious Work, the cast find themselves adrift in a sea of dubious dialogue. Whereas Sex in the City thrives on rapier-like wit and sexual innuendo, Naked Hollywood brandishes a butterknife of banalities. Lines like "Relationships aren't science, they're life, and that's messy..." roll out with alarming frequency. Toni English (who penned as well as directed this miniature melodrama) should be writing the closing platitudes for The Jerry Springer Show, not porn.
Okay, alright - you get the picture; NH is vanilla couples fare. On the surface everything is pretty enough, but nearly everyone seems drunk on embalming fluid. Randy Spears and Dee are the rare exception. With that patented lusty squint, he's still crazy after all these years - and Dee rewards his anticipation by working her youthful beef curtains into a real lather. The two fit together like carnal puzzle pieces, switching from hot reverse cowgirl action to an even hotter missionary plunge.