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Penny Flame's Expert Guide To Hand Jobs For Men & Women


Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 9/29/08


XCritic's Advice: Recommended




Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Hand Jobs for Men & Women

Vivid/Smart Ass Productions

Penny Flame and Harmony

Genre: Educational

Director: Penny Flame and Tristan Taormino

Amber Rayne

Cast: Penny Flame, Harmony, Justice Young, Amber Rayne, Daniel, Alexis Texas, Christian, Anthony Rosano
Non-sex roles and cameos: Evan Stone, Tyler Knight, Dave Alano, Wood Allen, Alison Cole, Pluto Deerbrook, Sam Popp, Courtney Thurmon

Alexis Texas!

Length: 101:59 minutes

Date of Production: 2/9/2008 (cover); 2/1/2008, 2/2/2008, 2/4/2008 (credits)

Penny Flame and Anthony Rosano

Extras: The extras included versions of the three main scenes without instructions, a photogallery, some trailers, and spam. There was a safe sex feature too but it was not specific for this release.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Hand Jobs for Men & Women was presented in a crisp 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen color as shot by director Penny Flame for Vivid in the 480i resolution, MPEG-2 codec expected of the production. Tristan Taormino was also credited and the duo of cameramen/assistants (Hank Hoffman and Ralph Parfait) have substantial porn resumes so I knew the production would be technically well ahead of the ultra plus works Penny has provided the world in the past (though they were super fun to watch and still have lots of replay value years later). The movie was split into a few parts, with an educational portion in the form of a lecture as well as a true "hands on" set of segments starring the listed cast getting off before the actual scenes, the living room setting evenly lit to reduce grain and video noise. It wasn't as great looking as some of the Blu-ray titles I've watched of late but there were no significant problems with the show's visual aspects, the bitrate hovering around the 4.3 Mbps area when I spot checked it. The audio was presented in the 2.0 Dolby Digital English with a 48 kHz sampling rate and 192 Kbps audio bitrate. The vocals were clearly heard and balanced in with the narration and musical interludes (that never got in the way) but slightly hollow and showing no separation between the channels. In essence, the audio was about average with the video aspects better handled (not quite cable broadcast quality but close).

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Body of Review: Penny Flame is the adorable Xcritic Blogger that is well established as a performer, a stoner, and a gal that loves to have fun. In her past, she has directed a handful of completely fun movies for Shane's World and she now picks up where she left off thanks to Vivid allowing her to direct Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Hand Jobs for Men & Women as part of Tristan Taormino's educational series. The idea behind the series is to provide a fun, low stress way to learn about various sexual themes with some sex tossed in to demonstrate, relying on a mixture of educational principles and sexual fun to elevate the quality of the production and make it a "keeper". This outing was the first where Tristan was not visibly at the helm and given Penny's appeal, it was a nice way to make a transition should the company decide to expand further with the use of other director/performers. The back cover said it like this: "Too often, when people think of sex, they only think of intercourse, but there are lots of ways to bring pleasure to our partners. Whether part of foreplay or the main course, sometimes, hands are the best tools for the job. Yet hands are often underrated, and people don't take enough advantage of their digits. Penny Flame to the rescue! She and her friends share their secrets for how to bring pleasure to both men and women using their hands. You'll learn: how to find male and female erogenous zones
dozens of different finger and hand skills
the best clitoral stimulation techniques
mind-blowing hand job tricks for men
how to give an unforgettable orgasm with your hands"

Penny herself blogged about the production not long ago, just before she started her whirlwind tour of Europe telling us that: "When Tristan Taormino came to me asking if I would like a shot at directing for her Vivid-Ed, I jumped at the opportunity. In fact, when she said my first movie should be about handjobs, (because of the lemon juicing technique I used on Tyler Knight in her Chem4 movie), I started clapping, because hands really are one of the most underrated parts of our bodies when it comes to sex. For Example. The majority of girls I know, and myself included, have at one point requested that the guys we fuck not play with us with their hands. Like, no fingers in, no clit rubbing. Personally, this is because I always thought it rude of me to ask a guy to go wash his hands so he can play with my pussy. Being a part of this movie, and directing it under Tristan's guidance, really opened me up to the idea that I'm not being rude, I'm just communicating my wants and desires. If he has any, he should communicate them to me as well, and this will ensure that the entire time we are fucking, we are making a conscious decision and effort to please our partner. So even before we start playing, I always wash my hands, and have my guys do the same. Its kind of fun actually, like a little trip to the bathroom where we wash our hands and end up making out and pre-getting it on. Its like a get to know ya moment.

Our hands can do so much if we just let them. If we aren't afraid to ask our lovers about their likes and dislikes, and are interested in mid sex foreplay, or post sex orgasms, or even your regular pre-sex fingerbanging job, there are certain ways we can play with each other that are so pleasing and gratifying. And it gives us a nice little break, and the time to catch our breath, or puff a joint.

The movie comes out the 25th, and is awesome. There are some really dope visual effects we threw in to make it fun, and light, which is the flava flav of my career. You can choose to watch the movie in different ways. If you want the educational side of it, and the narration, rad little bobble head Penny Flame pops up to help you out. There is even a fairy of sorts for those dry moments, and I think you will laugh your ass of. Or you can choose to watch it as a regular porn. No words, just hot fucking sex. The format is dope because even after you feel like you've got a hang on the handjob education side of things, the scenes are hot enough to jerk off too a thousand times over. I fuck Anthony Resano, Alexis Texas and Christian do it up, and then Amber Raine and Daniel get buzzy. I think you'll really love the movie, and find new ways to play with the people you like/love/just want to fuck." Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

The movie began with a lecture and Penny pointing to some artwork of the male and female genitalia, moving into a discussion about lubricants before bringing a live act onto the chair situated in front of the comfortable crowd in the living room. Penny Flame herself initiated the proceedings after removing her top so people would pay attention, curvy Harmony spreading her legs in front of the non-sex cast. That she was not wearing panties was a given and her neatly trimmed pubic hair was inviting to say the least. Using some lube, Penny played with Harmony's pussy and got it really moist naturally too, a short but fun session ensuing. Penny was a bit dry in her lecture at times but looking lovely and providing the kind of information required to make this a helpful guide.

Penny Flame then took Justice Young in hand to demonstrate the finer points of handjobs on men, the gal getting cozy with him first as he described what he liked done to him (and what he did not). As expected, opening up a line of communication with your partner was an important point of the show, especially since everyone has different things they like done to them. If you gain one thing from any of this series, remember that communication is the primary tool you have for a happy sex life. Penny had a lot of fun describing what she was doing as she gave Justice her full devoted attention, licking the head to get it wet ("the wetter the better").

Scene One: Amber Rayne, a lean gal with an all natural rack and dark hair was up next as the first of three scenes showing some of the principles used in the context of a full fledged scene with moper Daniel. While he had a small cock, she seemed to find it just right for her small pussy. As with the other scenes, there was the ability to watch it with instructions from narrator Penny or without, the couple getting frisky as they rubbed each other the right way. There was a lot of friction applied (as well as some pop up video cartoons to make points), even showing some foot fetish action applied before she milked the genetic juice out of him with her hands.

Scene Two: Alexis Texas, a bountiful beauty from the Lone Star State, was up next in bed wearing a black bikini as Christian worked her over. The pair took their time as he caressed her, using his tongue on her breasts as she panted for more. Both gave some fine attention with their hands and Christian even went down on her but the two vaginally screwed as well, her active riding draining him of population pudding in record time. Alexis has a great ass and that was where the load went, but seeing her ass cheeks ripple so heatedly was a great sight indeed.

Scene Three: Penny Flame was up last in the living room setting with moper Anthony Rosano. The pair kissed and caressed each other, warming up to make it more fun before they started demonstrating what was taught about hand to gland combat. He went down on her and fingered her more than applying the techniques (Bad Anthony, back to detention for you!") but she kept on track and applied her double handed style, even sitting on his face as they engaged in a 69. They did vaginally fuck and she looked great coated in sweat, the resulting wad of spew landing on her beautiful ass.

Summary: Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Hand Jobs for Men & Women by director Penny Flame for Vivid was a nice change of pace for the series and seeing the way Penny embraced her role made me hope she would continue to work on them. Just as Tristan took over from Nina Hartley a few years back, Penny is a natural to continue in the mighty big footsteps laid forth, this production earning a solid Recommended from me. I would have liked more variety and Penny having some more scenes as well as better extras but I admit to being greedy when so many full fuck flicks last three or more hours these days. As far as the educational principles involved, I really didn't learn anything new (let's face it, I've given myself about a million handjobs reviewing porn and my toy testing buddies are convinced I have magic hands) but as a primer for couples with less experience, you really can't go wrong with this one. In short, Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Hand Jobs for Men & Women was a reliable, dependable source of information with solid technical values and better than any of the clinical "how to" titles you will find readily available from the medical field, pornified just enough to make it appealing to all sorts of folks. Good job!


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