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Dinner Party

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 10/8/06

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Dinner Party

Vivid Entertainment

Genre: Vignette

Director: Paul Thomas

Cast: Monique Alexander, Derrick Pierce, Alicia Angel, Amber Ashley, Jack Lawrence, TJ Hart, Daryn Darby, Christian XXX, Steven St. Croix

Length: 117.5 minutes

Date of Production: 4/28/2006

Extra's: There were a number of solid extras on the DVD with my favorite being the 14.5 minute long Behind the Scenes feature. There was extra footage of the cast, more sex, a few funny bits, and some photoshoots. Most of you will appreciate the five unrelated bonus scenes (I outlined three of them below); $2 Bill starring Lanny Barby & Evan Stone; Blue Collar, starring Lacie Heart, Jerry, and Ben English; Lacie's Life starring Lacie Heart and James Deen; Groupie starring Tawny Roberts and Evan Stone; and Star, starring Stefani Morgan and Trent Tesoro. There were interesting trailers to movies like Emperor, Sexy Young Thing, Open Set, a text biography for Monique Alexander, a few photogalleries, some spam, a positions room, and a true double sided DVD cover. Given the length of the movie itself, this was a pretty solid set of extras that most of you will enjoy.

Condoms: Two

Audio/Video Quality: Dinner Party was presented in 1.85:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color as shot in HD by director Paul Thomas for release by Vivid Entertainment. The lighting was generally decent in all but one of the scenes and that helped minimize the grain and video noise but the camera work was somewhat inconsistent in terms of how well the grain levels were handled. The lighting was also a bit spotty (shooting in front of a window in scene one, for example, sure didn't help when the fleshtones were washed out) but there was some attention paid to framing the shots better than usual to help make it average out okay. The editing was well done as it helped cut this down to a minimum but there was little doubt that someone wasn't paying enough attention again. The composition of the shots was decent in how it enhanced the look of the ladies, who all looked fine to begin with, but the backgrounds were not compensated for in many cases. The audio was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital English stereo with minimal separation and guerilla porn shoot amount of dynamic range. The vocals were always dominant and the generic music not too offensive but the ladies could have employed more dirty talk in my opinion.

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Body of Review: Paul Thomas has been involved in porn for so long that these days he seems intent on finding something new to interest him. Well, with all the reality shows making waves on television, the trend in porn has been to provide similar experiences in porn flicks (one of the most recent, and successful, attempts at this being Vivid's own Chemistry) so it makes sense that Paul tried his hand at the sub-genre again with a little flick called Dinner Party. The idea was to sit a group of porn stars together to discuss their experiences in the industry while sex scenes punctuating the talking parts. The box cover said it like this: "Shot on high definition anamorphic 16x9 widescreen. 4 big courses. Your entree to sex! My Dinner With Andre it's not. Unless Andre had a pussy and was horny as hell! It's Paul Thomas' eat and suck extravaganza, "Dinner Party", with the most succulent morsels in porn, led by that little spinner Monique, whose ass you could fit in a teacup! Lots of sex. A butt buffet. And not a lazy Susan in the bunch. Clams anyone?" That said, here's a look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that the only condoms used were by Monique in her scenes:

Scene One: Monique Alexander, the hotty blonde on the front DVD cover, was up first with Derrick Pierce, after they left the dinner party to get better acquainted. They went to the master bathroom and she teased with her fine body as she slowly disrobed to reveal why so many people want to get to know her better. Her oral skills were pretty good here and she slowly slobbed his knob before he went down on her but it was the vaginal ride that most appealed to me. She took awhile to warm up to his condom clad cock but once she was on top of him, she rode as actively as I've seen her do while at Vivid. They screwed in a few positions before he rubbed out a load onto her lower abdomen and I sensed they had some modest chemistry together before the camera gave her some interview time.

Scene Two: Alicia Angel, a major new hotty with dark hair, was up next as she started to masturbate on a lounge chair before being joined by Amber Ashley and Jack Lawrence on the couch. Everyone gave some oral to the others, gal on gal, gal on guy, and guy on gal; with some deepthroating to enhance the moment. Alicia was the most active of the trio but all of them seemed to be having fun with the ladies playfully taking turns sucking and riding him. They didn't use condoms and there was a lot of taste testing by the ladies with each adding something different to the dynamic of the scene. It ended with a facial after they bent over side by side to let jack rip into them (after several positions, the ladies were getting red & puffy too). There was some cumswapping and it was another scene that had some merit to it.

Scene Three: Alicia Angel, on something of a dare, showed that she could multitask as she masturbated on the floor. The clothing stayed on a lot longer than usual but there was a combination of solo and interview action; proving she's an excellent candidate for becoming the stated porn prototype.

Scene Four: TJ Hart, a classic MILF with ample curves and long locks of lightened hair, hotty Daryn Darby, and metrosexual Christian XXX, were up next after the ladies wanted to try him out in the living room after they left the dinner table for some fun. Initially, the ladies went at one another as he watched, kissing and feeling each other up as though they were long time pals but he wasn't about to let them have all the fun so he started to assist on the oral action with some spanking added in for good measure. TJ's tan line was fantastic and the ladies seemed very giving in how they shared his rod orally before he got a chance to go down on them. This led to him screwing them vaginally with TJ getting first dibs on the meat stick. Daryn got a little riding (and PTM taste testing) in too but he went back to TJ before rubbing out a healthy load. TJ was the more active of the ladies and Christian tossed his nut on their breasts to end the okay scene.

Scene Five: TJ Hart, still in her black dress, was in the large restroom applying lotion to her body as she teased the camera a little bit. She gave a short solo scene and it was fun for this fan to appreciate.

Scene Six: Daryn Darby, after participating in a little small talk at the dinner table, was given her own chance to masturbate but it was another case of being too short. If the partnered scenes were the main courses of the dinner, the solo scenes seemed designed to be the appetizers or toppings.

Scene Seven: Monique Alexander, still looking very appealing, was up with Steven St. Croix by the piano in the last scene. The action so far had been okay but not really high in replay value so I was hoping for something a bit more strokable here. It started off with them kissing and feeling each other up; making it more of a couples scene than anything else but it was still warmish in how they seemed to like working with each other. As an aging lothario (his main topic at the dinner table was about a movie made when she was probably 10 years old), he needs to rely more on his ability to do whatever is required than most of the studier men favored by the ladies so he spent considerable time going down on her before she blew him. Neither seemed in top form to me with the vaginal riding being decent but far too short for a scene starring one of the hotty contract starlets at Vivid. At least she gave an active ride when on top of him but that was limited since most of the positions were male dominant to the point where she couldn't display her skills all that well. He jerked off onto her lower abdomen too; making me wonder if she has developed a fear of the facial.

Bonus Scene: $2 Bill: "Lanny Barby, the hotty on the front DVD cover and well known Canadian beauty, was up first as she provided a private dance for the mighty Evan Stone inside a strip club's VIP room. Her teasing gyrations on the metal pool, the way she gave him those sultry looks and the generally seductive manner she employed all enhanced the preliminaries here before she orally attacked his penis with her loving mouth on the purple velour couch. That led him to snacking on her as she moaned in pleasure, eventually leading to her actively riding his shaft on top of him. If there's anything better than a beautiful gal bouncing on your cock as though it's the only thing in the world of importance, I'm unaware of it but once again Lanny showed the world that Vivid is a company changing with the times as this former gonzo gal displayed lots of passion in her scene. For those of you into anal, she was just as aggressive at taking him inside her ass though he sure couldn't last long when she did, blowing his load like nobody's business. She tried to save what could be salvaged in terms of doing a facial but it was a chemistry filled, heated scene nonetheless."

Bonus Scene: Groupie: "Tawny Roberts, the lean little blondie on the front DVD cover, was up next with the mighty Evan Stone on a red couch. She had a different outfit on than she wore on the cover, this time sporting a black top, tiny blue jean skirt and fishnet stockings (typically called "slutware"). The point of this scene was to establish Evan (as the lead singer of the group) as the kind of down and dirty type to win the bet. To do so, he went right to tapping her fine little pussy (albeit with a condom) before she whipped off the condom for some very warm head. She's grown more talented orally since I last saw her and this aspect of the scene was fun to watch but some of you will inevitably prefer the anal that came afterwards. The music was a partner to the vocals this time and it ended with a wad to her face as Evan sent her over to Ben (for the next scene) as he watched the two go at it."

Bonus Scene: Star: "Stefani Morgan, the all natural cover cutie in her first adult starring role, played a not-so innocent young lady in a scene where she seduced boyfriend Trent Tesoro out of the bathroom and into the living room for some heated fun. She teased him and then took his dick in her mouth while he diddled her pussy. They then went to the bedroom where he planked her missionary and doggy before blowing a small load to her awaiting mouth."

Summary: Dinner Party was a smaller effort for director Paul Thomas than his recent blockbuster you might have heard of (Emperor) but it did have a nice mix of ladies and an interesting concept. For me though, Dinner Party never really satisfied on either level-as the plotted porn reality show or the sexual antics that seemed too fraught with limitations-so I really couldn't give it anything higher than a rating of Rent It. The technical values were in need of polishing up, the extras were often kind of generic, and while the cast had potential, they rarely lived up to it on the levels that I've seen most of them. If you're a fan of Monique though, her first scene in the movie was definitely worth checking out all on it's own so give it a look.

You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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