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American Dream, The

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 3/20/07

XCritic's Advice: Watch On Demand

The American Dream


Genre: Feature

Director: B. Skow

Cast: Katja Kassin, Tony Pounds, Monique Alexander, Marcus London, Flower Tucci, Daphne Rosen, Jay Huntington, Hillary Scott

Length: 109 minutes

Date of Production: 8/1/2006

Extra's: There were some decent extras offered up this time, including my favorite of the bunch being the 11.5 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Graham Crack Herr. There was some interview material, additional nudity, and a sense of playfulness amongst the performers and crew that served to establish the movie as full of chemistry. There were five bonus scenes that fans will probably enjoy too, but they were from older flicks and looked poorly mastered so your mileage may vary. There was also a short text biography for lovely Monique Alexander, two photogalleries, a second side for the DVD cover that showed four new titles released on DVD (instead of the less explicit version of the primary cover as the company has used for years), some spam (including a front commercial that could be skipped by remote control), and trailers to movies like Dinner Party, Sexy Young Thing, Colors, and Illicit.

Condoms: Yes

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Audio/Video Quality: The American Dream was presented in the same 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color it was shot in by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment. For those unfamiliar with his background, suffice it to say that his experience outside of porn is superior to many inside the industry and it shows up in his movies, including this one as shot in HD, though presented in the SD format (for now). The lighting was reasonably well handled as was the camera work, limiting the grain, video noise, and other distracting flaws seen all too often in porn these days. The composition of the camera angles managed to enhance the look of the ladies but the sharpness of the picture was often lacking; weakening the overall effect. The fleshtones were largely accurate (except for scene two) and the DVD mastering well done, making it a decent looking title (though not the best from Vivid in recent memory). The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital offering with the vocals sounding flat and the music pretty decent (I liked the country music tune during Monique's first scene the most-and I'm not a C&W fan at all). For some reason, the levels were lower than usual but aside from the added background noise from doing so, the dynamic range was average and the separation of the vocal track nonexistent.

Body of Review: B. Skow has become one of my favorite and consistently appealing directors at Vivid Entertainment over the last year due to the manner in which he tends to elicit great performances from his cast. His latest release is The American Dream, a feature that seemed to be half finished as it presented the story of a man who was trying to make a better living for his family after knocking up his girlfriend. The cover said it like this: "Jay is an Austrian down on his luck...he just got his girlfriend pregnant but has no money. His father suggests that he go to America and make money - that way he can send his earning back to the mother-to-be. Jay has one more problem...He is a sex addict! Once he gets to America, he ends up having sex with someone from every job he gets...resulting in him getting fired! Will Jay find his true calling?? Could it be actually getting paid for sex??!! It is "The American Dream" after all!" In fairness, the story fell flat as it seemed that some portions scripted were missing, perhaps due to outside concerns, but I liked the cast enough to appreciate the flick the sex if nothing else. Here's a brief glimpse into the scenes by cast and action, noting that condoms were only used in Monique's scenes:

Scene One: Katja Kassin, a world class anal queen from Germany, was up first engaged in a 69 with Tony Pounds in a bed. She was on top as she aggressively slobbed his knob as he licked her folds and rubbed her pucker, both savoring the delights the other had to offer. Katja was in her zone, concentrating all her efforts on his cock in her mouth, sitting on his face before actively riding his dick vaginally. He switched to nailing her ass in doggy after a few positions, her round rump practically inhaling his penis with little effort. That was too much for him to handle, resulting in him rubbing out a load of population pudding to her chest before she sucked him clean and gave him a bit of bad news.

Scene Two: Monique Alexander, the hotty on the front DVD cover, was up next as she played a waitress in search of some loving from short order cook Tony Pounds. In keeping with his character, he had her clothing off in no time and was grabbing her firm ass really tightly before she inhaled his cock orally on her knees in the kitchen of the restaurant with a cute C&W song playing in the background. I loved how aggressively she handled him and he gave her a bit of oral too before hammering away at her cookie with a sheathed cock. The two didn't get as sweaty and nasty as the previous pair but she looked good, even if the color balance was off this time; sporting a reddish hue. She rode him well enough and I have appreciated her evolving skills in this regard in recent months, hoping she continues her improvement as time goes on. It ended with a titty pop, with more bad news.

Scene Three: Monique Alexander, this time in a sexy black dress, was up with muscular Marcus London next in bed, with the guy going down on her to get her in the mood for some fun. While his lizard flicking approach was kind of lame, her performing like it felt great was pretty believable so I let it pass as I waited for her to slob his knob. Using her hand to gland abilities, it didn't take long for her to power suck him into a raging hard on, resulting in the couple aggressively boning one another with the mandatory protection he wore. It didn't weaken the scene one bit as they tore into each other, her being on top making it all the more powerful when she bucked and pounded her ass cheeks on his lap. He jerked out a modest load to her abdomen to finish things up, the scene fading away after that. The energy levels and chemistry were about as good as before but not as much as I prefer.

Scene Four: Flower Tucci, an American anal queen with lots of junk in her trunk, Daphne Rosen, a busty brunette with a seriously depraved attitude, and Jay Huntington were up next in the men's bathroom. Flower pissed standing up at the urinal, proving her "squirting" abilities to be an extension of her powerful bladder control, with Tony getting a bit of a hummer that was interrupted when Jay took over. Okay, I'm not keen on Daphne's implants but at least the gals showed him a good time as they worked him over with a double team method. For his part, Jay was looking more ripped and cut than I think I've ever seen him, the gals seemingly into the body builder physique he was sporting as they felt each other up while blowing him. The techno music was a chore but the penetrative sex was hot, from Daphne's vaginal to Flower's anal, even if the water work show weakened it for me a bit. The gals switched it up a bit and did a lot of taste testing of his cock out of each other but the scene did not look as clear as I expected due largely to the limitations of the location in my opinion. It ended after both gals had all three of their holes ravaged, taking the facial and sharing it as though they were wanting even more.

Scene Five: Monique Alexander, one of the sexiest contract gals at Vivid these days, was up next as she masturbated in the bed with no clothing on. I'd have preferred there be at least a passing nod to a reason for the scene but I'd be lying if I said she wasn't cute enough that I'd watch her for hours on end if she were doing so at my place (drooling all the time). The fingering, tasting, and panting all gave plenty of inspirational material for fans to enjoy; ending with a shot showing she was masturbating to a porn scene on television shot by Vivid.

Scene Six: Hillary Scott, the award winning anal princess most of us are referring to as the "million dollar winner" these days, was up last with Jay Huntington. She wore a colorful outfit and turned on her charms to close the flick out with a bang, Jay fingering her tiny pussy as she jerked him off in the bar. Her blowjob and titty fuck were solid, leading to him banging her pussy and ass with some cunnilingus in between. The ATM was minimal, as was her dirty talk, but she was an active rider of cock before the inevitable facial finished things up (and she blew cum bubbles). Like the other performers, she provided some fun but not to the level I've come to expect of her.

Summary: The American Dream by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment was his weakest feature to date for me as the plot elements seemed thrown in without cause too often and the sexual portions appeared to be truncated with some technical limitations I have not seen from the man in his previous offerings. There was enough heat to check it out as a Rent It but on a really big fan of the cast will enjoy The American Dream much more than that.

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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