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Studio: Other » Review by Staff Review » Review Date: 8/6/04

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Genre: Straight

Director: Michael Raven

Cast: Kaylani Lei, Shy Love, Penny Flame, Holly Stevens, Cynthia Pendragon, Giselle Collins, Steven St. Croix, Cheyne Collins, Eric Masterson, Gavin Marx

Length: 1:26

Production Date: 12/05/03

Extras: Behind the scenes featurette, Photo gallery, Trailers, Bonus Scene (Kaylani Lei and Steve Hatcher, Wicked Auditions #2), Promotional Reels from "Adult Conventions"

Audio/Video: Couples looks about as good as porn can, shot on high quality digital video (possibly Beta-Cam?). It's presented in non-anamprohic widescreen. Sound comes in 5.1, but is rarely utilized.

Body of Review: Wicked Pictures is at least kind enough to indicate its target audience in the title of Michael Raven's latest picture; Couples is certainly written and shot so that men and predisposed women will enjoy it. With the nearly flawless looks one would expect out of a Wicked cast, of course, most guys will be on board just from the box cover.

Plot is still not much of a concern here; Lei, Love and Flame talk in the kitchen about their love lives, while St. Croix, Collins and Masterson do the same on the patio. The dialogue looked mainly improvised in the behind the scenes featurette, and it shows (Your Friends and Neighbors it isn't). But it should be enough for couples to keep interested while not fully turning off those just interested in the sex.

Scene 1: Holly Stevens, Cheyne Collins
Acts Included: Oral (blowjob), vaginal.
Positions: Doggie, reverse cowgirl, missionary
Condoms: Yes.
Holly is the blonde maid that Cheyne hired for the sole reason of fooling around, so that's what happens, with her going down first. The scene seems rushed at first, but settles in nicely about the time Stevens climbs on top of him. He finishes with a pop on her stomach.

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Scene 2: Cynthia Pendragon, Eric Masterson, Penny Flame
Acts Included: Oral (both), vaginal.
Positions: Standing, reverse cowgirl
Condoms: Yes.
Something about Pendragon is incredibly sexy and, whatever it is, she uses it all in this scene. Penny and Eric are looking at buying a house, and Cynthia is the real estate agent with a unique sales pitch (or "signing bonus," depending on which pun is more to your liking). While Eric and Cynthia get it on, Penny finds a nearby coach to settle on and play the home version. Incredibly sexy and fun, though Pendragon's adlibs during the scene sound forced - it even looks like she can barely keep from laughing.

Scene 3: Giselle Collins, Steven St. Croix
Acts Included: Oral (both), vaginal.
Positions: Doggie, missionary
Condoms: Yes.
Turns out Steven, like 97 percent of the American male population, has a thing for schoolgirls. Schoolgirls, such as Giselle Collins, prettied up in a red plaid skirt and red top (though, of course, not for long). Steven is very light-hearted throughout, taking one of the bows out of her hair and wrapping it around his equipment, but Ms. Collins evidentially isn't here to mess around. Another hot scene that seems short, much like the first one.

Scene 4: Kaylani Lei, Shy Love, Steven St. Croix, Eric Masterson
Acts Included: Oral (both), vaginal.
Positions: Doggie, cowgirl, spoon, missionary
Condoms: Yes.
It's a four-way pileup next, as we get Lei's first sexual appearance in the film and we quickly find out it was worth the wait. Evidentially, Love feels Lei and her husband, St. Croix should be more adventuresome in bed - like by having sex next to Love and Collins. Fair enough.

This is going to sound horribly catty, and it's like pointing out Cindy Crawford's mole in a lot of ways, but Shy Love has two giant front teeth that just jump out at you. White, straight, and huge.

Beyond that, though, this is the hottest scene in the film, as the two couples (they're no crossing over or swapping here) actually manage to look like they're having fun. But again, the scene feels a little rushed as each couple only goes through two positions.

Scene 5: Shy Love, Gavin Marx
Acts Included: Oral (both), vaginal, anal.
Positions: Reverse cowgirl, doggie
Condoms: Yes.
It's more Love, as she talks about fooling around with a younger man, and enter Gavin Marx, who both looks like a younger man in years, but also is younger in terms of the industry (we find out in the featurette that he had only been in the game for two weeks when he filmed his scene). Notable as the only scene in the film to feature anal sex, it suffered from the same rushing that the rest of the film suffers from. In addition, there is no cumshot to be found, as the scene just fades back into conversation.

Scene 6: Kaylani Lei, Shy Love, Penny Flame
Acts Included:
Condoms: No.
So, there are three guys, married to three beautiful women, sitting around a table talking about sexual fantasies. Where do YOU think this is going to end up? Of course, it's time for the all-women scene. No toys, all fingers and tongues for Love, Flame and Lei in this one, on top of a pool table. It's sexy, especially for those who like their porn penis-free.

Concluding Words: The women are hot, the sex is hot (if severely rushed) and the plot is minimal at best. But Couples can appeal to both couples and guys on their own, which is a balance rarely found.

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