Released: Sep 29th, 2009
Running Time: 228 Min.
Director: Joanna Angel
Company: BurningAngel Entertainment
Distribution Companies: Vouyer Media
DVD Extras: Behind the Scenes, Still Gallery(ies), Trailer(s)
Cast: Joanna Angel, Erik Everhard, Sean Michaels, James Deen, Coco Velvett, Brian Street Team, Misti Dawn, Andy San Dimas, Draven Star
Critical Rating: AAAA 1/2
Fuck Like Rock Stars! Joanna Von Angel is a world-renowned tattoo artist, and the owner of her shop. She's hired some of the sexiest artists in the industry to be part of her staff; between Joanna and the girls at the shop, they give the best blowjobs—and the best tattoos—in town. One day, the CEO of Pizza Party Incorporated—Sean Michaels—walks into the shop and offers Joanna her own frozen pizza licensing deal. The contract is a dream come true, offering fame, fortune and a whole lot of free pizza, but at the expense of giving up tattooing ... AND sex. How far will Joanna go—or not go—for the sake of her business?
Some might be quick to scoff that Joanna Angel is "jumping on the parody bandwagon" with L.A. Pink, her first big feature in over a year and a half, but what they'd be forgetting is that this is exactly what Joanna's been doing since her breakout release, the now classic Re-Penetrator, way back in 2005 ... long before the current parody boom got underway.
Furthermore, like her subsequent Joanna's Angels 1 & 2 and Not Another Porn Movie, L.A. Pink only "parodies" its source material (Kat Von D cable reality show L.A. Ink) in the most superficial of ways. As in, beyond the title, some graphics and a little bit of makeup on Joanna, the similarities pretty much end. And by picking such a left-field show to spoof, it's almost as though she's thumbing her nose at all the others who've clamored like lemmings into the overflowing porn parody pool. In other words, remaining defiantly true to her subversive identity.
In keeping with that theme, L.A. Pink is not Joanna's most accessible movie ... story-wise, at least. It's actually a little obtuse, in a John Waters/John Cameron Mitchell sort of way—which isn't to say it's not funny. It takes a considerable amount of time to get to the central plot development, when Sean Michaels, "CEO of Pizza Party Incorporated" (as he announces himself grandiosely practically every time he speaks), walks into Joanna's tattoo parlor and offers her a licensing deal for her own line of frozen pizzas. As part of the deal, she'll receive free frozen pizzas for life. The catch? She can't have sex of any sort for the duration of the contract.
Needless to say, she has sex anyway, as does everybody else—all of it eminently blistering. Probably the absolute hottest encounter of the bunch is the wailing three-way between Andy San Dimas, Coco Velvett and Erik Everhard. But there's also a terrific g/g with Joanna and Draven Star, as well as an epic closing orgy that starts as a four-way girlfest among Star, San Dimas, Velvett and Misti Dawn, and eventually sees Joanna and James Deen join in.
Even the blowbang given to Friend-of-Joanna Brian Street Team by Star, Velvett and San Dimas is a ripping good watch, for Street Team's unexpected burst of comic flair during the act.
L.A. Pink is a major effort for its star and director—the first full-length feature her company has produced entirely on its own—and the passion she put into it shows.