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Other Side of Sunny, The

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 10/30/08

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Sunny Leone looking great! (click pictures for trailer)

The Other Side of Sunny

Vivid Entertainment

Ruby Rider

Genre: Vignette

Director: B. Skow

Sunny Leone and Mindy Main

Cast: Sunny Leone, Matt Erickson, Ruby Rider, Jerry, Mindy Main, Matt Erickson, Oklahoma, Evan Stone, Audrey Bitoni

Length: 178:25 minutes


Date of Production: 7/31/2007 (box cover); 12/3/2007 (credits)

Extras: The best bonus for most fans will be the three edited scenes starring Sunny that lasted 38:58 minutes as described below. Keep in mind that these were not the complete scenes but still had plenty of stroke value for you to appreciate, I only wished they had been newly shot for the movie itself. There was also a biography for Sunny Leone, just a short text one but it might give a new fan some insights as to her career path at Vivid. There was some spam and trailers to Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Handjobs, Monique's Been Blackmaled, The Chauffer's Daughter, and Burn as well. The credits listed a BTS feature by Graham Crack Herr (edited by "Rio Jim") but it was not present on the DVD release, no points deducted since it was not advertised on the cover.

Sunny Leone and Audrey Bitoni

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: The Other Side of Sunny was presented in the same 1.78:1 ratio anamorphic widescreen color it was shot in by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment using the standard definition MPEG-2 codec in 480i resolution. For those unfamiliar with his background, suffice it to say that his experience outside of porn is superior to many inside the industry and it shows up in his movies, including this one as shot in 1080i high definition, though presented in the SD format (for now) using 1080i to provide a lot of resolution supporting some of the effects (making it look more like a real movie than just a porno). The lighting was well handled and this added to the pleasure of watching the gals in play as the lengthy scenes gave them enough freedom to explore their sexuality. The composition of the camera angles and lighting were almost always optimal this time, Skow seeing fit to try and enhance the look of the ladies at every turn as possible. The fleshtones were accurate too and the DVD mastering was well done (if only in a bitrate hovering around 4.3 Mbps), making it a mixed bag in terms of visual quality; leaning towards above average. The audio was presented in a 2.0 Dolby Digital English (in 192 Kbps with a 48 kHz sampling rate) offering with the vocals sounding flat and the music pretty decent. For some reason, the levels were about the same as usual but aside from the added background noise, the dynamic range was average and the separation of the vocal track nonexistent.

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Body of Review: Sunny Leone is one of the most physically attractive ladies to enter the porn industry in quite some time, her exotic looks appealing to a wide range of men and women alike, always looking her best when directed by B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment. I know a number of folks were not as taken with her since she initially only did women but as she expanded her repertoire to doing a guy (her then fiancé), interest in seeing more of her blossomed quickly, resulting in the subject of today's review of The Other Side of Sunny. The movie provides five lengthy scenes with Sunny herself starring in three of them, a bonus given she does men but also explores her kinkier side. My hopes for the movie ran very high given the artistic look of the cover (primarily because it also mentioned the director I knew would bring home the goods) and I figured there are far worse ways of spending three hours than watching the latest Sunny Leone offering by Skow himself. Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Scene One: Ice: Sunny Leone, the exotic and curvy babe featured on the front cover, was up first in a scene where she began with some tease using ice cubes but ended up with her then boyfriend Matt Erickson. The length of all the scenes allowed for the performers to shine during the tease especially, Sunny moving from the kitchen to the outside garage where Matt went down on her, Sunny aggressively slobbing his knob to reciprocate as her hand joined her lips to wrap around his rod to polish him soundly. She was so devoted to him at this point and the chemistry they shared was exceptionally heated, moving to a cushion to vaginally screw. Sunny coaxed him on to go deeper and deeper, the pair sharing a moment as the positions moved to doggy (where she tempted him with talk of her asshole feeling good). Sunny pushed back to meet his thrusts and he nearly lost his load, Sunny taking steps to control the moment from on top of his lap to ride him even better. The scene finished up when Sunny jerked him off to her face, looking at the camera as his wad of genetic juice went all over her hand and mouth, the shaded area giving some nice lighting that suited her very well. Yum!

Scene Two: Toys: Ruby Rider, a cute blond with a mean scowl on her face, was up next as she masturbated on a stool in the buff, tasting her vibrator as she moistened it with her juices. She was shaven clean and gave the appearance that she was having fun, the bathroom setting providing more light than Skow's equipment could effectively process in SD. The vibrations from the toy were pretty noisy but she sported erect nipples and softly moaned until Jerry joined her to eat her out, Ruby spreading her legs wide to give him better access as she panted during his attempts to warm her up. He even tongued her asshole and used a toy on her snatch, Ruby moving quickly to get into a 69 with him where she sucked him off with a degree of skill. They screwed vaginally in several positions after that, Ruby mostly passive as he got her off, ending with him busting a nut of population pudding that flew all over the bedroom where they ended up. Ruby showed some untapped potential here and her post coital sucking was nicely done, the tint of the fleshtones off a bit but the scene not bad.

Scene Three: Stockings: Sunny Leone, next up in the buff on a large ottoman, was feeling herself coyly as cute brunette Mindy Main played with her feet. Their nude frolicking led to more foot play and some stockings being used to enhance the moment, Sunny giving as well as she received when it was her turn to provide some oral attention. That was when Matt Erickson joined them to provide a cock to play with, the gals both spending some time savoring the taste as they inhaled it and otherwise manipulated the turgid member during some double teaming action. Matt kissed Sunny a few times and showed he was not without any oral tendencies, the man getting to tap both of them with some vaginal plowing. Sunny used dirty talk to push Matt into really driving deep inside of Ruby but he probably hammered even harder when it was her turn, the gals all over each other taste testing when they were able to do so. There was some limited choking here by Sunny to Ruby but Sunny was the most active rider of the scene and besides the chemistry, it was fun to see her cut loose a little. The ending spew went to Sunny's tits and Ruby's lips, the gals sharing his semen to close it out.

Scene Four: Menage A Trois: Oklahoma, a fleshy blond I first saw in Brand New Faces 4, was up next as she teased on a bed in virtual sex style, no one responding but the camera picking up her enthusiasm to perform. I liked her ass and her bouncing breasts did not hurt her appeal any either, her coaxing including a lot of dirty talk as she suggested various things they could do to her. Before too long, her striptease abruptly led to the mighty Evan Stone and muscular Tommy Gunn all over her, Tommy going down on her as she jerked Evan off while he felt her breasts. There was a number of permutations involved in the scene and she slowly sucked Evan off until they swapped out, soon showing one of them boning her pussy while the other drilled her mouth. Oklahoma was again not the best performer I've seen during the actual sex but she showed that she was improving, her looking at the camera distracting me too much but showing she could be an active rider in certain positions. The scene closed up when Tommy dropped a load of sperm on her crotch and Evan doused her tits with his smallest load ever, Oklahoma rubbing herself as the scene cut away.

Scene Five: Spanking: Sunny Leone and Audrey Bitoni, were up last as they spanked each other soundly while dressed in black lingerie in a bedroom. Sunny wore a fishnet body stocking and Audrey wore a more traditional bra, garter and stockings ensemble, their ass cheeks reddening as the scene progressed. The generic music was lame but they started licking each other and aside from the implants, both looked exceptionally doable. Sunny was really chowing down on Audrey when Tommy Gunn entered the picture too, the muscular man keeping his hands on Audrey instead of the star of the show. Sunny then sat on her face as Tommy drilled Audrey, the two carrying on a slight conversation about their female sex toy even while I wished Sunny would have given herself up all the way to someone other than Matt. In any case, Sunny assisted and it was a pretty warm scene given the passion the ladies put forth, Audrey actively riding his cock as Sunny continued to assist her friend in getting off. The ending pop shot went to Audrey's face and she milked him dry, Sunny looking on endearingly as she almost jumped in at the last second.

Bonus Scene: Sunny Loves Matt: Sunny Leone, the exotic and beautiful brunette gracing the front cover, was up first as one would expect. The initial footage was an extended tease session where she would press against glass, prance around, and otherwise look incredibly desirable in front of the camera. This footage was shot or made to look almost like a home movie from years gone by, expanding into the far richer tapestry when she was joined by former fiancé Matt Erickson; the guy seen on the upper left hand corner of the cover. Whatever you've heard about their relationship or relatively recent breakup, there was a lot more chemistry between the couple than you will normally find in a performance (it wasn't the acted out kind from what I could tell). To me, the title proved accurate, far more so than similar efforts over the years where the term "lust" would have been more appropriate or "acts like" could have been a better descriptor. When she was giving him a blowjob, she was really seeking to please him but putting on a show too, providing far more effort than I can recall any gal in the past who crossed over from lesbian to straight genres. There was a similar dynamic going on during the vaginal penetration too, the multitude of positions providing variety but Sunny's active riding skills delightful to behold. Her need for seed was even evident when she did some PTM, showing she wanted to suck her own juices off of his cock. There were some rough edges and the white background was a bit off putting yet it was a first rate, world class performance from the hotty combining energy, enthusiasm, and chemistry with the wealth of tease many fans adore. The ending was heated too with Sunny demanding he jerk off all over her pussy after a mouth pop drained him substantially, his compliance a given as his seed went all over the place. Note that like the other bonus scenes, this was a greatly edited version of the original scene in question but still fun to watch.

Bonus Scene: Sunny Loves Matt: Sunny Leone, in a yellow patterned bikini out by the pool with hotty Monique Alexander, who was wearing a pink satin bikini, frolicked playfully for the last 40 minutes of the movie. The home movie approach as an introduction worked to add something for me, perhaps memories of bygone times I had myself years ago, lucky Matt Erickson getting a bird's eye view of the two beauties. The ladies were putting on a show to get him worked up, succeeding with me as a home viewer equally as well in the process of their removing clothing. The trio went inside after the lesbian action to go all the way, the ladies sucking him silly before taking turns mounting him. Sunny went first as she gyrated her hips and pumped on the chump while Monique massaged her breasts from behind. They spoke to one another in a form of verbal coaxing that I appreciated as maintaining an open line of communication for what they wanted to do too, Monique's brand new wrist tattoo healing (it was a week old). Monique was a more energetic rider this time but both of them were in their zone regarding how well they impaled themselves on his rod. My only real complaint for the scene was how Sunny masturbated instead of keeping some form of contact with her two partners when they were screwing as Monique had done though; perhaps her voyeuristic tendencies getting the better of her. It didn't really diminish the heat of the ménage a trios but as a personal preference, I prefer it as a means of establishing their continued connection to one another. The gals took turns getting the cock though and Matt got in some intermittent oral as well, the ending load going to Sunny's mouth and dripping onto Monique's biscuit before they both gave him some last minute head. Of note as well was how much Sunny looked like another major hotty at the company, Lanny Barby, during most of her missionary positions, whether on purpose or not irrelevant since I find both of them so fetching. Sweet!

Bonus Scene: The Sunny Experiment: Celeste Star, one of the cutest gals in porn thanks to her beautiful eyes and overall appeal, was up next as she rubbed Sunny Leone the right way. The sensual massage itself was very nicely done and Sunny looked her very best (even saying this was her favorite scene) laying on the table while getting oiled up. In my opinion, you can never have too much oil in a porn scene and with as fit a body as Sunny's, you can never have enough tease, Celeste working her way slowly up from the feet and calves to the rest of that perfect body. My biggest criticism of Vivid's movies years ago was their almost complete lack of tease to establish the mood of a scene so my praise for Skow's attention to this detail cannot be made strongly enough here, the glistening body responding in kind until Celeste eventually joined in for some fun herself. The oral they did on each other was sublime and this was another sweet use of the split screen effect; not as a gimmick but to spotlight the action taking place from both angles in a way that did not weaken the moment. They did use some toys here and the almost surreal tint gave it a glow much like I felt emanated from Sunny in most of her scenes this time, but I was very happy with how it all played out. Whoa!

Summary: The Other Side of Sunny by director B. Skow for Vivid Entertainment served as a solid showcase for Sunny Leone as her limits continue to expand, though she fell short of doing any fisting as she claimed during the ending credits. I admit that I find her exceptionally attractive and hope her previous limits of only doing other women or the one man in her life (not Matt anymore) are cast aside to go even further, especially if she can display the kind of chemistry with other men as she did here. I rated the show as Recommended but any fan of the young lady should consider this one they will need for their collection, the amount of fuck for the buck and Sunny Leone action included certainly worthy of checking out. In short, The Other Side of Sunny did manage to show her doing more sexually oriented tricks than in previous releases so if you find her even remotely appealing, give this one a chance (you might be surprised at how far she has come).


You can email me with questions at Houstondon @ hotmail.com if you have any constructive criticism of the review too. :) Also you can follow me on twitter @HoustonDon

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