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Pipe Dreams (Vivid)

Studio: Vivid » Review by The Mooninite » Review Date: 12/25/07

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

The Movie:

Janine was a ‘Vivid Girl’ for years but all good things must come to an end and she apparently decided that it was time for her to wave goodbye to the house that Jenna built and move on. Pipe Dreams, from house director Paul Thomas, was her last feature for the world’s most recognizable porno brand, and for some reason it sat on a shelf for a while. For whatever reason, they’ve seen fit to release it now, but will she go out with a bang or with a whimper? Honestly? A little bit of both. Here’s the play by play, fuck by fuck, with a few comments to give you a taste…

Janine plays a rather unhinged porno star who falls in love with one of her co-workers, a former plumber cum director played by Manuel Ferrara. Of course, neither are who they seem and Thomas pulls out a few interesting twists and turns to keep us on our toes between sex scenes. Speaking of which, hey look! Sex scenes!

Chapter 1 – Melissa Lauren And Jerry: Melissa starts this scene off solo, on the couch with her toy. She pleasures herself while Jerry strokes himself off until it’s hummer time. After she gobbles his dong, he spanks her and fingers her ass. She spreads her legs and he bangs her box, and then from there he fucks her in the ass from a few different angles before pulling out and (after taking the rubber off) blowing a big wad into her mouth. Not a bad scene, Melissa looks good, but you’ve gotta wonder why Jerry’s gonna wear a raincoat if, for the big finish, he’s just going to take it all off and let it fly au natural.

Chapter 2 – Justine Joli And Austin Kincaid: Ahhhh… Justine Joli (swoon!). If only you weren’t a lesbian! Regardless, the prettiest girl in porn spanks and dominates cute little Austin in this scene. After she spanks her she pulls out a toy and flogs her with it, before tying her up and chowing down on her muff. She gently uses a dildo on Austin for a spell, and then it all ends. We never do get to see Justine Joli (swoon!) let Austin do any of the work. Ah well. Such is life. This is a strong girl on girl scene and there are some of us that will take our Justine Jolie (swoon!) anyway we can get it.

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Chapter 3 – Janine And Steven St. Croix: Steven dominates Justine in this scene, starting things off by tying her up and gagging her before lighting a candle and dripping wax onto her lovely shapely boom-boom. He eats her out from behind while she remains tied up, and then he fucks her pussy with a dildo. He lets her binds lose and she sucks his cock for a bit, and then they move into a sixty-nine just for fun. From there, St. Croix goes for the gold and starts pounding her pud from a few different angles – doggy, cowgirl and reverse cowgirl, and eventually after he’s had enough of that he pulls out and zaps her on the noggin’. This scene is unusually dark, probably to enhance the BDSM theme, but at least the two of them seem to be enjoying themselves and for some strange reason, Janine’s ass looks really good in this scene. Not that it shouldn’t as it has always been a fine ass, but here it’s spectacular.

Chapter 4 – Janine, Sofia Sandobar And Manual Ferrara: Janine and Sofia dominate Manuel, shoving him around and slapping his ass a few times. He eats them out and then they blow him, one at a time, and then it’s go time – the girls take turns riding him from a few different positions, alternating as they see fit. Sofia seems more into riding him than Janine does, as she’s more of a spectator here than a participant by the time the end rolls around. Manuel finishes the scene by shooting into Sofia’s face and ending a pretty average scene.

Chapter 5 – Janine And Manuel Ferrara: Janine insists that Manuel take her home, and so he does. He ties her up and forces her to kneel and suck his cock. She obliges, but he doesn’t finish…

Chapter 6 – Janine, Venus And Manuel Ferrara: This scene gets a bit rougher than the ones that came before it, but that’s not a bad thing. Janine paddles Venus’ ass and eats her out while Manuel goes down on the girls, one at a time. Obviously. He’s only got one tongue. The girls blow him and Janine licks his hoop for a bit, and then he slaps a condom on his jimmy and goes to town on the pair. Venus rides him first and then Janine takes her place and gets it up the ass. Manuel pulls out and shoots his load across both of the ladies’ faces and ends the scene and the feature.



Thomas has obviously gone for a more artistic look this time around rather than the ‘lights shining on the action zone’ style typical of mainstream pornography. The results might irk some. There are some very dark scenes here and there are moments where the action is all but obscured. That said, these are the exception and not the rule and while much of the film is darker than your average porno film, the cinematography is solid and the compositions are slick. The transfer itself is all over the place. There are noticeable compression artifacts present and some video noise here and there but for the most part, Pipe Dreams is perfectly watchable even if it probably should have looked better considering how recent it is and that Vivid bankrolled the damn thing.


The English language Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo track is pretty solid. The levels are well balanced save for a few noticeable exceptions where the music is slightly louder than the dialogue or the on set moaning and groaning. Again, this is an intermittent issue and not the norm. No problems with hiss or distortion and during the more dialogue heavy scenes, things sound fine. You won’t have any problems understanding the parts that matter here.


The most substantial supplement on the DVD is a behind the scenes segment that runs just over eight minutes in length. Look for some alternate angles for the sex scenes from the feature as well as some behind the scenes footage but it’s far too brief to really go into too much detail.

Aside from that, Vivid has supplied five bonus scenes, all of which are from older catalogue titles (or at least they look like they are) and none of which have anything to do with Pipe Dreams itself. That said, if you want some bonus wank footage, it certainly fits the bill nicely as long as you go for the Vivid girl look. A still gallery, some trailers for other Vivid DVD releases, text biographies for the key cast members, animated menus and scene selection round out the supplements.

Final Thoughts:

Janine’s wave good by to the Vivid stable is a decent but far from perfect effort. Thomas goes a little too ‘lo-fi’ in the lighting department for some scenes and the picture does suffer for it. That said, Janine and the rest of her female co-stars look good and perform like it was their last day on earth. The extras are fairly standard as is the audio and video quality but fans of the girls in the film can consider Pipe Dreams, even if Justine Joli (swoon!) should have had more screen time.

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