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Cassidey's Day Off

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 4/10/07

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Cassidey's Day Off

Vivid Entertainment

Genre: Feature

Director: B. Skow

Cast: Cassidey, Sascha, Harmony, Jay Huntington, Brooke Banner, Tony Pounds, Cassandra Cruz, Jay Lassiter, Evan Stone
Non-sex roles: Shylar Cobi

Length: 142 minutes

Date of Production: 7/31/2006

Extra's: There were some decent extras offered up this time, including my favorite of the bunch being the 12.5 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 being a bit rushed but fun for the cast and crew to make. Most of you will appreciate the five unrelated bonus scenes (I outlined most of them below); $2 Bill starring Lanny Barby & Evan Stone; Wild Poppy: with Dasha and Dillion Day; The End Game, with Monique Alexander and Joel Lawrence; Lacie's Life starring Lacie Heart and James Deen; Groupie starring Tawny Roberts and Evan Stone; but they were mostly from older flicks and looked poorly mastered so your mileage may vary. There was also a short text biography for lovely Cassidey, 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 Debbie Does Dallas Again, Dinner Party, Sexy Young Thing, Colors, and Illicit.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Cassidey's Day Off 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) as shot in 1080i to provide a lot of resolution supporting some of the effects (making it look more like a real movie than just a porno). The lighting was reasonably well handled (with minor exceptions as in parts of scene two), limiting the grain, video noise, and other distracting flaws seen all too often in porn these days; the movie shot in a stark manner to augment the comedic aspects of the movie. The composition of the camera angles and lighting were not always optimal this time, the washed out look giving me the impression that some of the crew were new to each other. The fleshtones were not as accurate this time but the DVD mastering was well done, making it a mixed bag in terms of visual quality. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital offering with the vocals sounding flat and the music pretty decent. 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.

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Body of Review: B. Skow has been a favored director for Vivid Entertainment for awhile now and most of his work has been good enough that I'll pick up his titles out of habit more than relying on who is featured inside of the title. There aren't many directors in porn that I can say this for, noting that even some of the most awarded by critics do not have this status for me. His latest release is Cassidey's Day Off, a feature showcasing the recent coming out of retirement of Cassidey. She's a gal with beautiful eyes and a lean body that has proven to be a favorite wherever she goes; the perfect choice for such a movie. The movie is a twist on reality with Cassidey playing herself as she ducks a porn shoot to help out a friend, resulting in all sorts of chaos. The cover said it like this: "What's a porn star to do on her day off? Everything... Cassidey was supposed to be on an adult video set that day, but a friend needed a replacement for her front desk job at a hotel, so Cassidey obliged. Then she got robbed, kidnapped and locked into a hotel closet. The power goes out, and when it's restored, she breaks free and finds out an astonishing fact: the movie she ditched was being shot in her very hotel! B. Skow presents a wild girl in a wild adventure. With toys, anal, squirting and Cassidey at her absolute nastiest. Yep... it may be Cassidey's vacation, but she won't be the only one getting off..." I wasn't too sure I'd like this one at first but the sex scenes and light plot changed my mind pretty quickly, making it another one to check out for likeminded folks. Here's a quick look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used at all:

Scene One: Morning Sex: Cassidey, the sexy brunette showcased on the front DVD cover in black lingerie, was up first in the living room with Sascha. They shinnied out of their clothing quickly, displaying a sense of needing to do the deed quickly, the gal not caring about her smeared lipstick all over his rod and her mouth. She did not look as good as she did on the cover but that is typical of porn in general and fans of skinny gals will find her appealing in the way that the built for speed types are known for. She blew him aggressively before getting down to actively riding his cock, showing the level of passion she could bring to a scene. I may prefer more meat on the bones than she provided by her bones were pumping away like she was on fire, elevating the scene in all the positions they did together. My only other complaint was the sheer number of blemishes she was sporting on her ass and the display of urination towards the end. I'm not into either but if you are, more power to you since this will get you jerking off like crazy. It ended with her literally pissing as he pulled out and jerked off all over her abdomen, launching a modest load that closed things out. It was a good scene overall to start the movie, some humorous dialogue finishing things up to establish the movie.

Scene Two: Video On Demand: Harmony, a very cute blonde with a great body, was up next with muscular Jay Huntington, as the two screwed on TV at the motel while Cassidey watched them go at it. Cassidey masturbated while watching them, showing some nice interest as she diddled herself soundly. I wasn't too keen on the editing in of two scenes together but it wasn't as offensive as many such scenes since it gave me the near impression that I was enjoying the movie with Cassidey more than weakening Harmony's scene. Jay dug for clams and gave some oral as Harmony provided some dirty talk, leading to the gal inhaling his cock with tons of energy as a result when her turn came up (after some serious hammering by Jay though). She wasn't as actively riding his cock here, especially during the anal, as I'm used to seeing but she did a lot of taste testing (PTM and ATM) that partially made up for it. This scene also ended with an abdomen shot (and very minor secondary mouth pop) for those who care, the couple looking spent as they finished up their heated tryst.

Scene Three: Disco Dreams: Brooke Banner, another established blonde with a stripper body, lots of tattoos, and clothing practically falling off of her frame, was up next with weird Tony Pounds as they were rejected for a room but found themselves on the dance floor going at it instead. I'm not exactly sure why this transition happened (I watched it a few times to see if I missed something) but after a brief dance, they were naked on a small loveseat with her lips wrapped around his cock, sucking the life right out of him. She seemed to playfully savor the cock rather than try to aggressively get him off in record time, a nuance I'm not sure most people speeding through the movie would understand. He gave her a taste too before tapping her fine form, the gal pushing back on his cock like crazy as he drilled her in doggy. Sadly, the missionary right after that ended the scene, with the now-expected abdomen pop so while it was chemistry filled and fun, it was too short, leading to some of the darker elements of the feature's plot.

Scene Four: Desire Held Hostage: Cassandra Cruz, an average looking brunette wearing standard bra and panties, was up next in the laundry room as she laid on a stack of dirty laundry while leaning backwards to suck the dick of Jay Lassiter. He treated her roughly and she responded well enough since he went down on her to make up for it. She over acted here, particularly on the vocals, but considering the second tier nature of the duo, you really can't complain about their showmanship. The screwing was largely him doing all the work and I found this to be one of the worst paced scenes I've seen in a very long time. On the other hand, her oral skills shined when they kept going back to her slobbing his knob (and she did this extensively, with him fingering and going back down on her too) so maybe it wasn't such a bad thing that they moved away from her passive pussy skills, the overall impression I got from it all that it should have been much stronger but it did add stroke value to the movie before he dropped a load of population pudding onto her face.

Scene Five: Cassidey & Evan: Cassidey, now made up to look much better, reclined on the brown leather couch as the mighty Evan Stone worked her over with his tongue. The slight gyrations of her hips and swelling nipple erections proved just a couple of indications that she was having a good time, her pleas for his cock in her mouth ignored while he worked at his own pace. He fingered her for awhile and she aggressively rode his dick hard when he was through readying her, skipping the oral for the moment to make her want it all the more. When she finally had the chance to suck him off, she licked her juices off his rod with passion and chemistry, doing an excellent job before he took her in doggy while spanking her and pulling her hair. I would have liked to see this pair go at each other as long as the last ones did but I'm guessing that wasn't possible since these two actually appeared to be into one another. It ended with an abdomen pop, finishing off the movie on a high note.

Bonus Scene One: $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 Two: 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 Three: Wild Poppy: Dasha and real life significant other Dillion had the next scene. They were on a picnic table outside during the afternoon and he took a lot of time going down on her before she returned the favor. Both of them have a lot of chemistry together and this scene was no exception as they screwed like rabbits on that table. He even got some of her ass as he opened her backdoor wide enough to slide his respectable sized penis inside it after which he blew his load on her face.

Bonus Scene Four: The End Game: Briana Banks, again looking like a million bucks, was up next in a bedroom tryst with Joel Lawrence. As part of the story, she got him drunk at the party and took advantage of his lustful libido in order to get some of that backdoor action she so craved but like the other scene she was in; the anal was almost anticlimactic compared to the passionate manner in which she pounced on his penis. From the spanking, the playful oral, and the verbal domination where she ordered him to fuck her, the scene showed me she was better than most of her previous work (if she could just get a decent make up job!). Both scenes with her here were probably the best I can think of in recent memory so fans should pick this one up pronto.

Summary: Cassidey's Day Off by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment was a solid showcase feature for the continuing comeback of contract performer Cassidey. The director seemed to be more directly involved with some scenes than others, perhaps delegating the weaker ones to an associate to make the most of the location they rented out for this movie and The American Dream that were made at the same time. This was clearly the better of the two flicks though, providing a good amount of fuck for the buck, strokability, replay value, and other factors worthy of your attention, the cast of ladies proving to be decent for the feature aspects as well. I rated this one as Recommended for fans of features but there was enough heated pairings for others to enjoy it as well. In short, even the comedic aspects of Cassidey's Day Off added to the fun of the fuck flick, proving yet again that director B. Skow has the magic touch.

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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