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Nina Hartley's Guide to Stripping For Your Partner

Studio: Adam & Eve » Review by Disco Dirge » Review Date: 10/8/07

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Genre: Instructional/ Straight Feature
Director: Ernest Greene
Cast: Nina Hartley, Marco, Marie Love, Evan Stone, Justine Joli
Length: 75 mins
Production Date: 2007

In a Nutshell- Professional and Crystal Clear
While it won’t win any awards for artistic merit, the visual elements of Nina Harley’s Guide to Stripping for Your Partner are very good indeed. The 1.33:1 full screen image is colorful, well lit, overflowing with details, and possessed of carefully controlled contrasts. There is no phony baloney soft focus or post-production tricks. What you see is what you get, and it looks rather acceptable. As for sound, the music is buried deep in the mix, almost inaudible during the dancing. When we can hear Evan Stone’s pants creaking more than the beat he’s following, there is something amiss with the aural aspects of the disc.
In a Nutshell- A Behind the Scenes and Some Bonus Balling
Placed among the typical adult industry idea of added content – galleries, trailers, website info, etc. – we are treated to a telling Behind the Scenes featurette as well as a tantalizing Bonus Scene. The additional XXX action comes from Brat School, and showcases Jenaveve Jolie and Alan Stafford. It’s a hot sequence, involving a vibrator, cunnilingus, fingering, salad tossing, blowjob, reverse cowgirl, V to M, cowgirl, spooning, scissors, doggy, and a $hot right on the ass. Because out starlet is so slut bag sexy, it’s easy to appreciate her ballistic bedside manner. As for the Making-of material, Hartley pimps her sex book, gives the cast a chance to chat, and sets up scenes and stripping techniques with director Greene. It’s a very hands-on and revealing backstage glimpse.

First Impressions:

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When we first see Nina Hartley, she is sitting on a couch. Cloaked in lacy underthings and wearing a pair of those rectangular, take me seriously spectacles, she is joined by Justine Joli. Like an infomercial with tits, the two begin discussing the pros and cons of exotic dancing. At first, you think it’s a joke. You wonder when the gabbing will stop and the overt lesbianism will begin. But then Hartley grabs your interest, delivering helpful bon mots about body issues and finding the proper mood music. As a featured dancer for over 15 years, this lady knows her shit, and she’s going to take the first 12 minutes of the film to explain it to you. She points out that no one must act like a pole bending professional when it comes to their own boudoir, and stresses that touching and physical interaction are a must. This is a form of foreplay, she reminds us, a way of getting your head in the right space for sexual enjoyment.
The Sex Scenes:
Of course, many won’t give a damn about Nina’s lecture. They’ll want to see how she measures up in her only scene, as well as how the additional hardcore sequence shapes up. The answer depends on what you want out of adult entertainment. If you need Pro-Am gonzo that looks like it was shot in somebody’s garage by a cameraman who couldn’t keep his hand out of his pants, this is not the material for you. Hartley is targeting an older, female demographic, and such “wham bam” wantonness is not on her agenda – at least, not here. Both scenes are played for passion, as well as an attention to personal wants. The only anal comes right at the end, and it is never harsh or borderline abusive. Instead, Nina Hartley’s Guide to Stripping for Your Partner is all about pork for the sake of pleasure – not some surreal combination of plowing and pain. If you’re into a more discrete dicking, this DVD will be right up your alley.
Scene 1: Nina Hartley, Marco
Acts Performed: Elaborate Strip Tease, Lap Dance, Fondling, Kissing, Tit Play, Blowjob, 69, Cunnilingus, Tongue Fucking, Reverse Cowgirl, Doggy, Cowgirl, Ass Slapping, Anal Doggy, $hot on Ass
Score:3 out of 5

The Dirge has got to admit it- there’s something about the carnal cougar antics of Nina Hartley that speak to his own middle-aged spread. Even in lingerie that barely covers her minor pot belly and breasts that are being held up by endless hours at the gym, she gets this man’s motor running and pronto. So the only unimpressive aspect of this tantric tour de force is Marco, who has suspiciously dropped the various same fame names he used to carry. Mr. Underbite, jaw clenched in a proverbial spasm of supposed delight, may have the cock and constitution of a porn star, but he radiates zero passion or chemistry. This means Ms. Hartley must do everything. Luckily, she completely compensates for our meat puppet’s passive aggressiveness. The result is a stellar scene, although the show and tell element of the presentation has Nina chattering endlessly. even while she’s taking it up the ass. One usually doesn’t complain about additional oral, but this is a bit much.  
Scene 2: Marie Love, Evan Stone
Acts Performed: Foreplay, Cunnilingus, Tit Play, Fingering, Foot Action, Blowjob, Deep Throating, Tit Fucking, Cowgirl, Doggy, Pile Driver, Anal Doggy w/ Vibrator DP, $hot in Mouth</I><br>
Score: 2.5 out of 5

Evan Stone is a natural comedian, a guy so open and self-effacing that he easily mocks his persona at every step. You can just hear his internal monologue proudly proclaiming “I fuck chicks for a living, dude. Get serious.” In the opening introduction, Nina suggests that our beefcake beach boy has a history of male stripping, but judging by the moves he produces, he was more interested in Chips Ahoy than Chippendales. Still, he’s not really being paid to dance, and the minute Marie gets her lips wrapped around his Johnson, it’s one amazing XXX moment after another. Ms. Love deserves extra kudos for throating Evan’s yardstick, and director Greene is also commended for keeping the camera away from the Stoner’s elongated scrotum. This is one male porn star that owns, without a doubt, the largest nutsack in the biz. Gals get their labia reduced all the time. Perhaps our surf stud can look into some gonad-plasty and be done with it. Once cock meets cunt, however, the action kind of cools. Evan does most of the moshing, while Marie tries to look excited. It almost works.
Disco Dirge Peter Meter Rating:3 out of 5 (Recommended)
Cohabitation Certification:Granted

Because it wants to do more than merely offer up the same old hardcore, because Nina Hartley is such a fascinating presence both on top of and under the sheets, because this title is really made for people who want to expand their private seduction repertoire, it easily earns a Recommendedrating. As a matter of fact, had Nina included one more scene – a girl/girl, or another girl/guy featuring more fabulous talent, it would have easily scored higher. For some decent teaching on the ways of the tease, and a healthy dose of forceful if respectful action, Nina Hartley’s Guide to Stripping for Your Partner is a wonderful addition to a couple’s marital aide ensemble. It easily earns a Cohabitation Certification. It’s a must-own for fans of the actress and her roles as both sex therapist and fuck/suck queen.

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