Cast: Jessica Drake, Barrett Blade, Cassidey, Randy Spears, Lexi Belle, Marcus London, Jenaveve Jolie, Lexi Tyler, Brooke, Tyler Knight, Chris Cannon
Non-sex roles: Jane Doughtery, others uncredited
Length: 103:16 minutes
Jenaveve Jolie and Lexi Tyler!
Date of Production: 8/13/2007
Brooke and Tyler Knight
Extras: The best extra for some will be the 4:09 minute long bonus scene from Bad Girls. It was a blow bang in an elevator and way too short without her tease footage from the movie, serving almost better as an extended trailer for the movie than as a bonus scene but Jessica looked great so your mileage may vary. My personal favorite was the 20:42 minute long Behind the Scenes feature by Jax as it gave a better look at what they cast & crew were trying to do. There was some nudity and clips of action from the sex scenes; the cast having a lot of fun on the set (such as Francois describing some of what was going on from the point of view as the director, Jessica as the writer and performer). There were seven photogalleries, three star stats, a 4:46 minute long Box Cover Shoot, a promo reel, the usual DVD Rom material, and 11 trailers to (mostly) older movies. There was also a true double sided DVD cover and a cardboard slipcase for the case.
Chris about to chow down on Jessica Drake.
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Audio/Video Quality: Dating 101 was presented in an appealing 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color as shot by director Francois Clousot for Wicked Pictures. While filmed in high definition, it was down converted to regular SD (standard definition DVD) so there was some minor grain in some of the scenes where lighting was minimized as part of the scene (night scenes tend to do that as do scenes shot in shady areas like Wicked seems intent on doing these days). The artistic measures taken to make the movie's vignettes look interesting did manage to weaken the overall effect for me but they were not nearly as pronounced as some of the more arty-farty vignette driven releases of the past. The video noise was minimal and the composition of the scenes was extremely well taken care of, enhancing the look of the ladies in nearly all cases but there was aliasing for those of you wanting better video to showcase your home theatres. There were no obvious compression artifacts and the bitrate was typically in the mid to upper 6 Mbps range. The audio was presented with two choices, the primary one being a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround English track that balanced the vocals and music nicely. There was a 2.0 Dolby Digital track in Spanish available as advertised on the DVD case but given the generic quality of the dub, it was no big plus for me. Otherwise, the audio seemed to be another step in the right direction for Wicked Pictures, even though the vocals were almost certainly recorded in monaural or dubbed in later (not to mention limited in scope).
Body of Review: Francois Clousot is currently one of the most prolific directors at Wicked Pictures, generally working on almost everyone else's titles while fitting in the occasional lead role himself. His steady hand and agreeable personality fit in with the admittedly quirky bunch there, his charm winning over the divas as effectively as his skills keep him in the good graces of the men. His latest title is another star focused feature, this time a comedy starring lovely Jessica Drake, called Dating 101. Having seen a lot of her in releases of late, I get the ominous feeling that her shelf life is coming to a close, a prediction I can assure other fans that I hope is completely off base. This time, she plays a lady that has had one too many bad dates and out of frustration, she sets out to save others from such a fate by using her know how as a dating consultant. I've seen a half dozen mainstream movies based on this theme myself in recent times but Jessica has the acting chops to pull it off handily and the comedic bits worked well with the couples oriented sexual activity, making this one fit right in with the company's marketing niche. The back cover said it like this: "After another dreadful date, Laurie (Jessica Drake) decides to put her bad experiences to good use and help others. She starts a dating consulting biz to help men and women find romance. She finds success in helping others, but can she help herself..." Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that condoms were used for those still interested:
Scene One: Jessica Drake, the babe on the front cover and writer of the movie, was up first in bed with Barrett Blade. He black thong was tightly into her ass crack and she actively sought out his knob for sucking; prying it free from his shorts to wrap her lips around. She went to town on it and he felt her up in return, soon boning her as she rocked on his cock. Jessica fingered her own asshole and she appeared to have fun in the varied vaginal positions they engaged in, the resulting load of population pudding landing on her face before his spent body pushed her aside to sleep while she wanted to go out on the sunny day and have fun.
Scene Two: Cassidey, a beautiful brunette with amazing eyes, was up next as a social-skills challenged customer going out with business like Randy Spears. The rough edges of the date at the restaurant were such that it added some humor (mostly due to Jessica's commentary) but the sparks flew back at the minimal living room as Cassidey showed her real reason for being there; her sexual skills with a cock. She engulfed his rod and in a quirk of editing, Jessica gave a masturbation scene in the dark car she was monitoring them from. Jessica knows she will always have a place to sit as long as I have a face so it was appropriate that Cassidey then did likewise with Randy; leading to him pounding her vaginally with his fingers, then dick, after orally satisfying her needs. The dirty talk was appealing too, Cassidey using her pipes in this way to elevate the heat of the action as well. The condom clad screwing did not last very long but she did a decent job with it and the resulting foot pop will make Randy's small legion of fetish fans happy.
Scene Three: Lexi Belle, playing a female computer geek, was seconded only by Marcus London in a similar role as the pair went at it in front of a tripod mounted camcorder. He ate her out and spent considerable time manually diddling her cookie, both of them evolving through the scene from their stereotypical roles to their real life careers. Lexi was equally at home slobbing his knob, the modest member easy enough for her to handle. The vaginal action after that was way too short since he popped quickly after a few positions inside of her, rubbing out his wad on her ass cheek as the two snorted their approval (you have to see it to understand).
Scene Four: Jenaveve Jolie, a curvy brunette Latina, and blond Lexi Tyler, were up next in bed after a short time in a little bar where they became better acquainted. The bedroom antics in the lesbian scene were fairly standard with a lot of caressing, rubbing, licking, and toy use, but the ladies were far from the dainty lesbians so common to couples porn as they were driven towards one another. They wanted to get each other off as much as themselves, doing so in an enthusiastic manner on the bed. Whoever selected these two to work together did a very good job and the scene was one of the best in the movie. Whew!
Scene Five: Brooke, a leggy blond looking for love in a small bar, was up next with jilted Tyler Knight, the lady adoring the idea of his thick black cock driven down her throat. She went outside with in in the night scene, a bit heavy on the grain as a result, but showing some attachment as she dropped to her knees to please his desire to get some from her after they pawed each other silly by the door near the dumpster. He skipped going down on her in order to bang her box, Brooke looking taller than ever (yum!) while bent over the motorcycle. The sex was again shorter than I like but it added to the movie even if a bit more plot might have assisted in developing the relationship (I'm only half kidding since this IS feature porn). It ended with a very small load to her face.
Scene Six: Jessica Drake, nursing her wound thanks to a clumsy Chris Cannon, was up last as the pair shared "a moment" on the couch, where her hard work was not exactly paying off until she came to realize she liked him herself. He went down on her, she blew him actively, and they two bumped uglies; pretty much as expected. The tempo of the scene was markedly slower than most of the previous ones, perhaps better suited to a spot earlier on in the movie, but Jessica made it work. The teasing nature of the pair at work was appealing and the replay value was higher as a result, the camera again spending too much time on close ups for my tastes (a little of it goes a very long way). Jessica did some PTM between positions and continued her recent adoration of fingering her ass as she rode his cock, her purring vocals keeping the action heated even when some of the edits were in need of polishing up. He rubbed out the load to her face at the end and she provided post coital sucking, savoring his taste before they enjoyed her "biggest success story of all". Nice!
Bonus Scene: Bad Girls: Jessica Drake, the strawberry blond on the front cover, was up next in business attire as she road the elevator with Chris Cannon, Herschel Savage, and Eric Masterson. She was portraying a great pickpocket as well as a striptease artist, the men catching her in the act. This led to them stripping off her clothing and getting blowjobs, Jessica's talents always strong in the field as she knelt before them. Using her hands and mouth in unison, Jessica inhaled cock really well during this blowbang, taking their loads as easily as their precious valuables before it was all over.
Summary: Dating 101 by director Francois Clousot for Wicked Pictures was a solid showcase for the talents of the lovely Jessica Drake and the replay value, strokability, and amount of fuck for the buck was enough to make this worthy of being Recommended for a general audience, perhaps even more for fans of light romantic comedy porn. In short, Dating 101 was the type of movie Jessica excels at on both sides of the camera these days, showing the wisdom of her continued presence at the company too.
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