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Sunny & Cher

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 10/17/06

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Sunny & Cher

Vivid Entertainment

Genre: Feature

Director: Paul Thomas

Cast: Sunny Leone, Lacie Heart, Lux Kassidy, Marcus London, Cindy Crawford, Mandy Fox, Derrick Pierce, Jerry, Daisy Marie

Length: 116 minutes

Date of Production: 4/3/2006

Extra's: In terms of unique to the movie material, the 9.5 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Ben Hoffman was the best. It spent most of the time with Sunny Leone and Lux Kassidy prancing about in various states of undress and having some sex but there was a bit of Lacie and others too. It was far from the best feature I've seen of late but that's because I've been spoiled by some of the recent excursions into excess for award time. There were also five bonus scenes from completely unrelated movies, including Kobe's Tie with Kobe Tie & Mark Davis; Mind Games with Sky & TT Boy; Obsession with Kira Kener & Devin Wolf; Ring Me Up with Sunrise Adams & Even Stone; and Wild Poppy with Dasha & Dillion Day. Then there was a biography for Sunny Leone, two photogalleries, four trailers, and some spam with a true double sided DVD cover rounding out the package.

Condoms: None

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Audio/Video Quality: Sunny & Cher 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 with the camera work showing some level of extra skill (I think industry veteran Jane Waters was working the camera). The lighting was flat and even in two of the scenes; some extra attention paid to framing the shots better than usual to help make it better than average. The editing was well done as it helped cut down any of the rougher points to a minimum, showing that the team approach was used to make it look the best it could in most cases. The composition of the shots was decent in how it enhanced the look of the ladies, who all looked fine to begin with, adding to the visual treat of their performances. If only the longest scene was better handled, I'd have enjoyed the movie a lot more. The audio was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital English stereo with minimal separation and the usual 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 (a standard complaint of mine that not everyone agrees with).

Body of Review: Paul Thomas is a quirky director that has literally seen it all over his decades in porn, starting out in front of the camera and moving behind the scenes to making it as time marched on. His latest blockbuster for Vivid Entertainment was Emperor and as this year's flagship title for the company, he succeeded at providing a very good look into the life of a fictional director based at least partially on himself. Well, as fans have probably realized, for every big title, Vivid makes scores of smaller shows to address specific market niches using their contract performers with today's being Sunny & Cher; a minor league feature designed to give hotty Sunny Leone the nod as the beautiful lady played a gal being stalked by an unknown character. If you've found her as appealing as I have, you'll already know she sticks to doing women only in her scenes, but all three scenes had her in major roles so you'll get a lot of her to watch. That said, here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that condoms weren't a factor:

Scene One: Sunny Leone, the fabulously attractive brunette on the left hand side of the front DVD cover, was up first in her awesome blue and black outfit as she took a bathroom break at the bar to find Lacie Heart primping herself. They then ended up in a stall where Lacie serviced Sunny, finding that Sunny wasn't without some skills of her own. Marcus London joined them to watch the ladies getting off, getting "rock hard" and showing it at Sunny's request. He followed orders as Lacie continued to diddle Sunny, using lots of dirty talk to elevate the heat of the scene. Soon enough though, Marcus was rewarded when Lacie started blowing him. I know that I was hoping Sunny would also partake in man meat but she stuck with eating out Lacie as both ladies went with their given strengths. Lacie then rode his cock vaginally for a couple of minutes and he busted a nut on her breasts as a result.

Scene Two: Cindy Crawford, Mandy Fox, Derrick Pierce, Jerry, Daisy Marie, Sunny Leone, and Lux Kassidy, were up next in what was billed as an orgy scene. Technically, it didn't qualify since it was merely a selection of scenes edited together that had various couples (and trios) getting one another off. Sunny stuck with Daisy while Lux masturbated by the hallway, Cindy gave Jerry a hummer, Mandy inhaled the meat pipe of Derrick and the pairings managed to showcase the ladies fairly well. It was a very long scene and I would have liked it a LOT more if it were not edited together but everyone seemed at least moderately skilled orally with Cindy and Mandy taking to the penetrative sex better than average. Cindy was the more active of the two cock riders but Mandy seemed to show some potential too. Daisy's face sitting routine on Sunny was very warm and showed some energy at times but it was nothing compared to the final scene between the two leads of the movie. The vibrator use seemed tacked on to me with Daisy barely moving while being worked over and the wasted use of Lux here made me want to scream. In general, fans of the ladies will probably find it appealing but only Sunny seemed at home with the action with the others coming across as kind of going through the motions too often. Cindy took a facial, Mandy took a pop shot to the chest, and the ladies finished it off with some licking and toy action.

Scene Three: Lux Kassidy, the blonde on the right hand side of the front cover, and hotty Sunny Leone, were up last as they enjoyed some quality time in the bed. I won't ruin the minimal story for you but suffice it to say that everything worked out well when the ladies ended up in bed together, starting off with some foot fetish material. Lux was initially the dominant partner, using dirty talk and her physical attributes to establish the pacing of the scene. The scene consisted of licking, sucking, rubbing, and toys, marking it as something of a standard lesbian tryst with the exception that it starred two of the leading Vivid ladies going at it heatedly. For me, this scene was the best of the batch, showing some passion and chemistry that was on the low side previously, the most extreme part being the strap on dildo act where Sunny showed the rhythm of Chris Charming when trying to bone her bed buddy bare. It wasn't enough to save the movie for me but it would be enough that fans of Sunny will appreciate it for many self love sessions.

Summary: Sunny & Cher might not win director Paul Thomas or company Vivid Entertainment any awards and it might not be their best work to date but fans of Sunny Leone will find this a must have release for their collection. On technical merits and strokability for the rest of the universe, Sunny & Cher will probably be better served as a Rent It though I was impressed that the starlet at least participated in the scene where a man was working (most lesbian-only contract performers shy away from being in such scenes). I didn't find the part where Sunny "squirted" to be all that special but she was definitely a cut above the pack here, simply surrounded by others not up to her level of passion (basically, it wasn't her fault that the movie was on the weak side).

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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