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Chemistry Vol. 2


Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 2/21/07



XCritic's Advice: Highly Recommended

Chemistry 2

Vivid Entertainment/Smart Ass Productions

Genre: Gonzo

Director: Tristan Taormino

Cast: Kimberly Kane, Christian, Katja Kassin, Kaiya Lynn, Luscious Lopez, Katja Kassin, Mark Wood, Nat Turnher, Lexi Bardot

Length: 166 minutes

Date of Production: 5/12/2006

Extra's: There was a whole second disc for extras this time so I knew that the value quotient would be higher than usual. The first extra on the second disc was a set of three bonus scenes by the cast; one for Lexi, another for Lexi and Nat, and a third for Kaiya and Mark. Lexi did mostly masturbation stuff as she crawled all over Christian (with extra foot fetish stuff) but her first scene lasted only about 7 minutes. The second scene was shorter but had her and Nat sucking and screwing for 5.5 minutes and the last of these scenes was a 9 minute completion of Kaiya's hummer on Mark from the seventh scene. Each added some value for me and while there were probably reasons for excluding them from the movie; it was still a lot of fun to watch them all. There was then 15 minutes of extra confession time, largely revolving around questions that were not fleshed out in the feature itself but also adding value for me. This was followed by 7.5 minutes of Behind the Scenes footage by Ten C, including Tristan giving the overall marching orders and freedom to the cast to enjoy the action as they saw fit. There was a short montage for the women cast members set to decent music after that, a longer and more general photogallery of the cast that was also set to decent music, a third photogallery following the pattern for the BTS of the movie, numerous trailers, and some spam. In all, I would have added in an audio commentary by Tristan and some of the performers but it was a well handled selection nonetheless.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Chemistry 2 was presented in 1.85:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color as shot by director Tristan Taormino for distribution by Vivid Entertainment (with help from Hank Hoffman and Ralph Parfait). The movie was shot in HD though in the same fashion as the various Shane's World series as a form of porn reality TV show, resulting in a decidedly mixed set of technical values (even if better than the first volume in the series). Some of the camera work was by the performers themselves, tending to show a lot of extra movement as though they were on a ship at sea during a major storm. At other times, the lighting would be candlelight or even whatever ambient light peeked in from the mostly closed doors and windows. In all then, the visuals had a lot of footage in need of editing or lighting or even Sony steadycams but part of the draw of the movie was the gimmick of the unknown. Apart from the Shane's World analogy, this was very much like a condensed porno version of MTV's The Real World and looked like it so don't expect the visuals to look to polished and professional (lots of grain, video noise, and other flaws). The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital with similar flaws (low levels, abrupt changes that weren't compensated for, and background noise) but like the visuals, it didn't truly detract from the experiment very much. The music added to the show by a couple of independent bands was also an interesting step up for porn but in need of more polishing up (and better placement too).

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Body of Review: Tristan Taormino is well known for many things; being a published author, a public speaker, a writer for the Village Voice, a director, my pimp (okay, just kidding to see if you're paying attention), and many other things relating to the exploration of human sexuality that can't be pigeon holed so easily. Having worked at a few other companies in the past, she is now directing an interesting experiment of a series that takes two parts of The Real World, one part Shane's World, and a large dose of talented porn performers willing to look beyond the typical limitations of porn to make a different kind of movie for Vivid Entertainment. The title is Chemistry 2, the sequel to the award winning Chemistry 1, where 8 porn performers spent 36 hours in a house together with few rules or restrictions and allowed to have fun the way they wanted to have it. I was as big a proponent of the initial volume as any of the online critic reviewers and I know for a fact that a number of heads turned at the awards show this year when it won against all odds (and some mighty fine efforts in gonzo) to pick up the best gonzo title. The double takes by seasoned professionals alone were worth the price of admission to the show so what about the follow up volume, shot a few days after the original? Well, to say that it was more of the same would be to betray the originality of the series; it was still different than most porn available on the market and it was still very fun to watch, with an all new cast of performers allowed the same freedoms as the first one had. If that sounds good to you, here's a quick look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that the scenes followed no set path much of the time and no condoms were used:

Scene One: Kimberly Kane, a lean blonde gal with a major frisky streak, was the first gal to have what amounted to a full sex scene (the movie was replete with teases and bits of scenes), with Christian, in the bed. Unlike many of the scenes in Chemistry 1, you could see it all thanks to the lighting and for me at least, that made it more fun to watch. He ate her slowly, less in porn mode than as a regular guy in porn, and she made a convincing argument that she came as a result of his oral work. She then gave him a few licks to get him ready and he then boned her pussy as a result. This was another non-traditional act since most porn would have timed into getting a specific number of minutes of head; elevating the realism, and heat, of the scene much like the civilian sex of the Shane's World movies. They screwed in several positions with some PTM tossed in, even some that aren't too common as they make it tougher for the camera to catch them but real or performing, they generated some heat together before he rubbed out his tiny load onto her ass cheek.

Scene Two: Kaiya Lynn, a small gal with an active set of lips, started the next scene by skipping over Luscious Lopez and Katja Kassin, to give Mark Wood a little POV hummer. That ended way too quickly though so the curvy wonder babes (Katja and Luscious) started sucking and fucking the stud themselves. I know that a lot of people think thin is in when it comes to gals but these two hotties have been proving otherwise for their entire careers, handling massive members in all sorts of depraved scenes so I knew that lucky Mark was having a great day when he was plowing into them; even in the technical DP portion of the scene. The ladies did taste testing and otherwise gave oral pleasure to one another, with a lot of anal action emphasized outside by the water fountain. Both Katja and Luscious seemed in solid form here (nothing surprising) and provided excellent heat (better than the last scene in fact) with chemistry; ending the scene by cumswapping the load he provided. Whew!

Scene Three: Kaiya Lynn, the small Asian gal from earlier, was up on the couch with Nat Turnher next as she attempted to get more than a few seconds of blowing guys to readiness in so she could get off. While she did give Nat some head, she was bouncing actively on his cock quickly, appreciating his thick cock as he pounded her in a few positions. Her vocals indicated she was getting off and while she was less convincing than the previous gals in that regard, she wasn't a bad performer so I give her credit for the performance. The scene ended abruptly, either with a vaginal creampie or something else came up but I couldn't conclusively tell given what took place here.

Scene Four: Luscious Lopez, the hotty Latina with the fleshy ass, was up next as she lounged in bed while Christian went down on her. There was no build up or real explanation other than the usual interview, but he was capable at the task and she appreciated it more than a little from the look on her face. This led to a very aggressive vaginal ride on his lap by the fireplace, at one point making me think her tampon string was left in for effect (though it might have been another loose thread down there instead). The screwing moved to anal where he "pounded her ass" but if anything, she was even more active at taking his cock anally and his anal exploits on both sides of the fence are quite well known these days. It ended in standard porn style with her jerking off his load to her mouth and snowballing it into his mouth for those into that kind of thing (for the record, guys that take semen in their mouths are best left in specialty movies as far as I'm concerned).

Scene Five: Lexi Bardot, a tattooed brunette that has always struck me as being kind of extreme in her ways, was up next in the bed with Kaiya Lynn as they ate each other out lesbian style. They showed a lot of athletic prowess as they drilled each other with a large toy to augment their tongues and fingers. This attracted Nat Turnher into the bedroom; sporting a hard cock and the willingness to use it as much as possible, the gals sucked and rode him while playing with each other, Lexi taking a break to go back to her glass toy as her friends hit it hard. It eventually ended when he rubbed out a load onto Lexi's ass cheeks and Kaiya sucked his dick clean; the chemistry continuing in the movie's scenes.

Scene Six: Kimberly Kane, still looking a bit like a dyke, was up next on the stairs with hotty Katja Kassin after some "almost sex" by a few of the others in the movie. They were playful and passionate; exploring each other for fun, not for a few extra bucks tossed their way by the director. The panties came off quickly and the legs spread really far to give a good look into the folds of the freulines, each giving as well as they received. Some really neat toys were used here but the scene itself was shorter than the rest in some ways, but still very well played out if you catch my drift. Yum!

Scene Seven: Kaiya Lynn, back outside in her bikini undies, was up again as she blew Mark Wood in the lounge chair. She deepthroated him and licked his shaft nicely until the camera switched to Luscious Lopez telling funny stories about Nat Turnher's exploits with a gal gifted with a huge ass (even compared to Luscious!). She wanted to work with him since his credentials for liking gals her size were long established, the two working each other over on the couch slowly but with an increasing tempo. Like a few of the other scenes, it was done in fool frame (1.33:1 ratio) but their lust for one another was only sated once they were done aggressively working each other over orally and with some penetrative sex. He gave up a good sized load this time all over her ass cheeks.

Scene Eight: Kaiya Lynn, up last in a scene that began as a "warm up" bit of action, moved to the hot tub where she made out with her cuddle buddy, Christian. She sucked his balls and blew him with practiced ease, him giving her some fun as a result too. He screwed her pussy pretty hard and then started using a "junior high version" vibrator on her ass before replacing it with his cock; tapping her ass really hard before they went into a 69 that included her retaliating by shoving junior into his ass as she slobbed his knob for population pudding. He enjoyed the anal action, holding the toy inside of himself as he jerked off a load into her mouth though this time it wasn't swapped into his mouth (on camera at least).

Summary: Chemistry 2 by director Tristan Taormino for distribution by Vivid Entertainment said (on the back cover of the DVD case): "Director Tristan Taormino takes seven new porn stars to a secluded house for 36 hrs. Each is strong-willed, each is unique and the only thing they have in common is they work in adult. As they get to know each other, what happens is completely up to them; they make the decisions. They know in advance who they'll have sex with, but when, where and how is totally their call. The action is fast and spontaneous, the hook-ups explosive. In between sex scenes, cast mates go into a private "confessional," where they speak openly and honestly -- about being in porn, relationships, fantasies, and their fellow cast mates. Some revelations are deeply personal, others unexpectedly provocative. And the "Perv Cam" is always available for any cast member to shoot anything he or she wants, no matter how intimate. Chemistry 2" ... the experiment continues." This pretty much summed up the show and like some of the similar series, earned a rating of Highly Recommended for trying new things and a willingness to experiment. The ladies were exceptionally diverse but skilled, and the resulting chemistry of the planned dynamic made it a lot of fun to watch; with the kind of fuck for the buck replayability you'll want in a porno. In short, Chemistry 2, like Chemistry 1, was not the kind of porn your dad used to watch and while your mileage may vary with regard to specific scene pairings and action, there was no denying the overall quality of action provided by the talented young director. I hope volume 3 is as good as or better than this one.

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