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Not Bewitched XXX


Studio: Adam & Eve » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 10/1/08



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Not Bewitched XXX

X-Play/Adam & Eve

The main menu (click for trailer #2)


Genre: Parody

Teagan blogs at Xcritic

Director: Will Ryder

Sasha Grey!

Cast: Sasha Grey, Aaron Wilcoxxx, Teagan Presley, Sunny Lane, Aurora Snow, Daisy Lane, Kandice Nicole, Kelly Skyline, Winter Sky, Madison Ivy, Marli Jane, Jenna Haze, Mike Horner, Michelle Avanti, Nathan Threat, James Deen, Eva Angelina, Dane Cross
Non-sex roles: Nina Hartley, James Bartholet, Ron Jeremy, Dino Bravo, Britney Amber, Jack Lawrence

Teagan Presley!

Length: 143:08 minutes

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Dates of Production: 3/17/2008, 3/24/2008, 3/25/2008, 4/3/2008

Teagan, Aurora Snow, Ron Jeremy, and Sunny Lane!

Extras: The extras were well done here with a bunch of material fans will appreciate starting with several Behind the Scenes features on the show. The first one was aptly named Behind the Scenes Part 1, the second called Behind the Scenes Part 2, the third labeled as Director/Producer Video Travelogue, and the forth called Lights! Camera! On Set Action!. The first provided a nice overview of the show and performers, starting off with Jenna Haze but quickly moving through the rest of the leads as they prepared for their lines or scenes, even the production crew getting some screen time in the 29:51 minute featurette. The second one lasted 32:05 minutes and started with Will Ryder explaining certain aspects of the show, Michelle Avanti having a lot of fun before (and during) her interracial scene with Nathan Threat) but some of the drama leaking into the proceeding as well. There was some time with Morgan's dog Larry and Ron Jeremy with the harem gals looking so hot I bet he wished he had kept his AIM test current (it had expired while he was flying overseas so he couldn't get an 8 girl hummer as planned). Nathan had some fun with his namesake doll, Jack revising his real life role as a policeman, Nina and Eva comparing pussies, and more tidbits from the scenes.


Nina Hartley, Jenna Haze, and Eva Angelina!

The third then lasted 20:19 minutes as Mullen and David hammed it up to give some insights from a couch, serving as a more coherent look at the flick with clips (and details about the production). The last one was a 27:36 minute feature on the production that seemed to be edited from the deleted footage more than show clips as the last part did and less of the goofing around as the first two did; perhaps best described as a blooper reel. It provided yet another take on the movie with each reminding me of how varied any artistic endeavor might be when approached at different times with differing frames of reference (Jeff and James were responsible for the majority of the features per the credits and vocals heard from behind the camera. There were trailers, a photogallery, a means to replay the DVD animation introductory piece, and an audio commentary as well. The audio commentary consisted mainly of Will Ryder, James Bartholet, and Sunny Lane talking about their experiences (and related information) throughout the movie, skimming over some of the personal drama I was made aware of via phone conversations with the director earlier this year, but adding some depth. Sunny did not provide as much of interest though if it had been a video commentary, she would have reigned supreme given how sexy she looks these days (yum!).

Condoms: None

Ron Jeremy and his eight Harem Girls!

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Audio/Video Quality: Not Bewitched XXX was presented in an anamorphic widescreen color with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 as shot by director Will Ryder for X-Play (as distributed by Adam & Eve) in the MPEG-2 codec (for the standard definition version using 480p resolution). The movie closely mimicked the design of the color years of the mainstream show nicely, not quite mirroring it but stylishly maintaining the parody angle. The "look" of the clothing, settings, and numerous props used to instill the feel of the times from the show worked so well thanks to the contribution of Art Director Scott David, the quieter partner at the company but every much as important as the jovial Jeff. The camera angles flattered the ladies in almost all cases, the editing assisting in contemporizing the sexual scenes while allowing the plot points to cater to the way the television show looked (or at least how I remembered it looking when I watched it). On a technical level, the lighting was good but the bitrate hovered around the 3.1 Mbps area, making me long for a high definition version upgrade with fewer compression artifacts and higher resolution (this being a compliment because not many porn flicks look better under the magnifying glass of high def).

The audio was presented in the standard 2.0 Dolby Digital English with a 192 Kbps and a 48 kHz sampling rate. The vocals were slightly hollow but the strength of the audio track was again the music by Jeff Mullen and Big John Black, the pair bringing in their mainstream credentials to keep the score close, but not too close, though I imagine my favorite lawyer at ADE will fuss about how they will be sued as he did with the Bradys parody last year. There was even an optional laugh track for those that want the authentic sitcom experience but I have to say that either version seemed nicely done. There was no noticed separation between the channels (perhaps a hidden homage to the original show that was broadcast in monaural) and the dynamic range was such that it could have been stronger but only at the expense of taking a mainstream movie approach (like the failed remake with Will Ferrell a few years ago).

A Better Shot of the Harem Girls!

Body of Review: Not The Bradys XXX was the surprise smash hit of last year in porn circles, still managing to sell well a year later unlike the vast majority of titles that came out. While some cynics attribute the success of the show to the way it was relentlessly publicized or the way the mainstream media picked up on the parody, the bottom line is that a lot of people wanted to see something light, entertaining, and not so heavily rooted in circus act sex (like my top pick of the year, Upload). Thankfully, that success helped spawn a cottage industry of retro-parodies, X-Play and director Will Ryder proving they are still the top of the food chain with Not Bewitched XXX. The movie is like a pornified episode of the beloved Bewitched, a television series I watched for years when it aired between 1964 and 1972. Distilling the basic elements to make for an entertaining porno, Jenna Haze stepped in for the Samantha Stevens role originally played by Elizabeth Montgomery, Mike Horner filled the shoes of two Dicks (York & Sargent) to play Darren, Nina Hartley played Agnes Moorehead's Endora, James Bartholet showed his acting chops as Larry Tate, Michelle Avanti was delightful as Gladys Kravitz, and even Ron Jeremy joined in to play the bombastic Dr. Bombay. In this version, baby Tabitha was played by Teagan Presley too, the plot revolving around her being magically altered by scatterbrained Aunt Clara (hotty Eva Angelina). More than any parody release of the year, the show worked thanks to the level of detail that the production team provided, relying less on the name of the show as others have to include props, lines, and situations indicative of episodes so many of us know by heart. The back cover said it like this: "Darren & Samantha have a big problem when Aunt Clara can't undo a spell that turns little Tabitha into an 18 year old cutie. All hell breaks loose when nosy neighbors, the boss & the police arrive. Wild sex, dirty witchcraft, perfect tits, ass and pussy abound in this hilarious XXX spoof of the 1960s classic TV show." Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:


Jenna Haze!

Scene One:
Sasha Grey, the performer of the year per AVN, was up first as an ice queen model in search of sexual satisfaction at the hands of male newcomer Aaron Wilcoxxx in Larry's office. The pair kissed and her bright orange dress allowed him easy access to her coochie, Aaron clearing off the desk to make for a platform they could fuck on. He snacked on her crotch and she appeared to enjoy it, reciprocating with another of her fantastic knob slobbing blowjobs that was messy and terribly hot at the same time. Sasha might not be my personal favorite performer but when it comes to giving head, she is definitely a world class cocksucker with great experience, leading to some active vaginal riding where she ground her hips into his erection to make it a swell bout of boning. Sasha gave some dirty talk as she rode him and while I did not detect any personal chemistry between them to make it the best scene it could be, the energy generated sure made it a nice opener (especially for a comedic porn parody released by couples friendly Adam & Eve!). The ending wad of genetic juice graced her mouth and face just before the post coital head she gave, no swallowing provided but fun all the same.

Michelle Avanti!

Scene Two: Teagan Presley, the former contract gal featured on the front cover wearing a white dress (in the middle), was up next as a frisky 18 year old exploring her newfound sexuality on the bed in a solo masturbation scene. Teagan's smile lit up every scene she was in and while she was too lean for my tastes this time, she showed a lot of heat as she diddled herself aggressively with her hand and vibrator. Considering Teagan was the only performer to get a second scene in the movie (more on that later), it is clear that her appeal was noticed by the director and producer of the show, fans already preparing for her to stick with this type of scene (and possibly lesbian scenes) due to her recent career choice. In any case, Teagan looked as cute as could be and appeared to be getting off for real. Yum!

Teagan Presley with James Deen!

Scene Three: Sunny Lane, Aurora Snow, Daisy Lane, Kandice Nicole, Kelly Skyline, Winter Sky, Madison Ivy, and Marli Jane, were up next in a harem orgy scene that fans of lipstick lesbians will appreciate as if the director was channeling Jim Holiday. Sunny looked great, the most physically appealing lady of the entire movie for me, and Aurora was as sexy as ever with a horde of newcomer hotties all jumping in on one another with toys and tongues. There was a lot of oral here, be it on tits, pussies, or even ass cracks, and the toy use was the second most plentiful type of footage. Not all of the ladies were as well versed in the art of giving pleasure as the two leads were but like most orgies, there was sufficient flesh to go around several times over, adding to the replay value thanks to the mixture of medium and close up shots that allowed all the gals to have some quality time in the spotlight. Ron Jeremy licked a few toes and felt the ladies up on occasion but the word on the street was that when the scene was shot his AIM test was not current (he flew in from England) so he wasn't able to partake in the pleasures of the flesh in any meaningful manner. My favorite parts revolved around Sunny and Aurora, particularly when Sunny donned a strap on dildo to bone her like she owned her, but fans of the new gals will have plenty of eye candy to add to their personal spank banks. Active oral and toy use made this a winner of a lesbian orgy scene, something extremely rare since Jim's passing.

Eva Angelina!

Scene Four: Jenna Haze, the cutie featured on the front cover in the plaid dress, was up next and to be fair to her, she is perhaps the best known lady of the cast, finally getting a chance to show her acting chops with the likes of award winning thespian Mike Horner in bed. The pair played the headlining couple of the show and I venture to say that their tryst was a lot hotter than anything imagined by those that know the couple they were emulating (for a couple of reasons), Mike going down on Jenna's sweet little box before she unleashed her beast and blew him aggressively. I hope to see Jenna in more features given her non-sex parts in the movie but her sexuality proved to be just as heated as expected. She could be coy and playful one moment and blazingly hot the next, not needing magic powers to keep Mike happy with her hand assisted hummer or powerful riding style. Few people I know associate such heated forms of sex with porn comedies or features, making this the best of both worlds. It ended when he rubbed out the load of population pudding to her abdomen, an uninvited guest adding to the laughs as it closed out. Nice!

Media Accolades included a nod to Xcritic!

Scene Five: Michelle Avanti, playing the nosy neighbor Gladys, was then up in an interracial scene with Nathan Threat. Her wig was hilarious and she did a great job as she snooped around, Dino Bravo nailing the role as her husband perfectly (the non sex roles in the movie were all well played), leading to Nathan settling for her over Teagan, a missed opportunity between Jack Lawrence and Nina Hartley making me laugh. Michelle displayed the 1960's suburbia mindset really well but her jungle fever got the best of her, Nathan eating her out (the editors missing the action reflected in the window) to her delight. The clothing came off and foxy little Michelle gave Nathan a sweet little hummer, her streamers all over the place as she inhaled the large black cock while pushing her limits. That she could actively ride it vaginally is to her credit, the pounding she took really heated even though she slowed down during the ensuing anal. In all, the scene kept the pace with the other top scenes of the show, her facial and love of the brothers secure in my mind.

The extras menu

Scene Six: Teagan Presley, still in her Sailor Moon outfit, decided she was not ready for the likes of Nathan so she settled for James Deen, awakening him with her magic as the pair got comfy on the bed. She jerked him off while he massaged her biscuit, James going down on her box and ass while Teagan squealed in delight. Her blowjob was not on par with some of the other gals in the movie but she seemed to be distracted as James kept swatting her ass, leading her to redeem the scene by impaling herself on his rod vaginally as though having a deep seated itch to scratch. This is one of Teagan's few scenes left with a male partner now that she's taking a break and she seemed driven with a need for seed as she embraced her inner whore, James grabbing her as though he sought to choke her but was being told to stop. Teagan's puffy pussy took the rapid fire pounding he gave too, the gal remaining in her go-go dancer boots the entire time with the kinkiest bit being where James had four fingers inside her pussy as he fucked it. I thought her head would explode given how the veins in her neck stood out but the ending facial gave her pause even if it was kind of small.

The quartet of BTS features (the advertised fifth being the commentary)

Scene Seven: Eva Angelina, playing the eccentric Aunt Clara (about a million times sexier than Marion Lorne from the series), was up last as she paid off Dane Cross with sexual favors for his assistance in restoring the magical blunder she created. In her attire, she looked more like a homeless person but once her clothes were on the floor, she looked fantastic with her curvy figure and attractive face as super charged as ever. He snacked on her shaven box and she blew him with enthusiasm and energy, the gal currently taking a break from porn to have a child. Eva was a natural for the scene given her exotic looks and supreme talents, the sloppy blowjob exciting enough without the POV footage included or the vaginal hammering she took. Eva was another active rider of cock and as such was the perfect person to finish off the sexual portion of the movie, pushing back on Dane's cock and spooning with him before the minimal pop shot hit her mouth. Sweet!

The audio menu

Summary: Not Bewitched XXX by director Will Ryder for X-Play was a great deal of fun and proved that a feature, even a comedic parody, need not sacrifice heated sex scenes to work for a wide audience. The technical aspects were better than ever and the extras supplied some additional value but the main selling point for me was the great sex scenes that you simply won't find in most features these days. I rated it as an Xcritic Pick due to the levels of fuck for the buck, the replayability, and the devotion to detail no one else in porn seems capable of providing, the movie being a far better tribute to the series than the super expensive Nora Ephron remake a few years back in both spirit as well as humor. Maybe director Will Ryder should make a few calls to Hollywood and let them know he works cheap given the comparative quality of the two projects but whatever else may be said, Not Bewitched XXX proved to be even better than Not The Bradys XXX so I look forward to seeing what other projects he has up his sleeve. For me, there has been nothing even close as good this year for a comedy title, once again proving my belief that creativity and ingenuity beat big budgets almost every time. Look for this one on top porn lists at the end of the year and around award time for all sorts of accolades. Great work!

 

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