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Penny Flame's Expert Guide to Rough Sex

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 5/5/09

XCritic's Advice: Highly Recommended

Penny Flame's Expert Guide To Rough Sex

Vivid Ed/Smart Ass Productions

Genre: Educational

Director: Penny Flame

Cast: Penny Flame, Mia Lelani, Derrick Pierce, Aiden Starr, Devin, Lexi Belle, Mark Davis

Length: 87:13 minutes

Penny Flame and Mia Lelani

Date of Production: 8/11/2008 & 8/12/2008

Extras: The extras included versions of the main scenes without instructions, a photogallery, some trailers, and spam. There was a short, 4:46 minute long demonstration on the art of choking and a bonus oral scene between Penny Flame and Derrick Pierce lasting 6:06 minutes too. There was a safe sex feature too but it was not specific for this release.

Penny Flame

Condoms: None

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Audio/Video Quality: Penny Flame's Expert Guide To Rough Sex was presented in a crisp 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen color as shot by director Penny Flame for Vivid Ed in the 480p resolution, MPEG-2 codec expected of the production. Tristan Taormino was also credited and the duo of cameramen/assistants (Fliktor 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 4.7 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).

Aiden Starr and Devin

Body of Review: Penny Flame is reportedly about to announce she is out of porn for the time being, so her many award winning efforts of the past year might become even more valuable to her fans. The economy being what it is, many of her peers are also leaving the industry for the more lucrative world of escorting but I sense Penny has a bright future ahead of her as a comic or at least a writer, her blogs here on Xcritic considered her best writings to date. Well, thankfully, her second foray with Vivid Ed has come out before she dropped the bomb on her legions of fans, the title called Penny Flame's Expert Guide To Rough Sex. As expected, the title is something of a step up in the world of educational porn, boldly going where no one has gone before with slapping, choking, flicking, hair pulling, spanking, and related topics included as well as the use of safe words. No, it doesn't get as rough as many of the current crop of gonzo titles available do but at least someone at Vivid is trying to lay out some ground rules on sexual antics few thought would ever make it to a Vivid production. The back cover said it like this: "Do you like rough sex? Perhaps you enjoy intense physical sensations and nothing turns you on more than the hard thud from a good slap or the feeling of someone pulling your hair. Or you want to explore highly-charged fantasies and power dynamics. Maybe you're looking for a way to create a deeper and more intimate bond with your partner. Whatever the reasons you have for wanting to rough up you sex life, let award-winning adult film star Penny Flame and her friends share their secrets for how to make it safe, fun, and sexy. You'll Learn: How to communicate, establish consent, and set limits. Which parts of the body can be roughed up and which can't. How to choose and effective safe word. Tips for spanking, face slapping, and hair pulling in a safe way. Three different kinds of slapping techniques. Dominant/submissive and psychological roleplay." Here's a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:

Lexi Belle and Mark Davis

Scene One: Penny Flame, the hotty featured on the front cover of the DVD case, was up first in instructional mode with a curvy cutie named Mia Lelani. Penny stayed clothed so it really wasn't a "scene" in the standard sense of the word but she did show a variety of techniques used in rough sex, stopping short of where Kylie Ireland or Belladonna might go but still covering the basics very nicely with the animated icons (Penny as an angel and devil) and live action.

Scene Two: Penny Flame, this time without any clothing on, was roughed up by muscular Derrick Pierce, the introduction concentrating on making the play safe. I would have preferred more tease and exploration of how to act with clothes on but the pair really appeared to have a tremendous amount of chemistry together, Penny practically dripping before anything touched her clitoris or ass. She was a submissive this time and that seemed to suit her better than the dominant position she had assumed prior, Derrick having a field day tossing her onto the couch, choking her, and otherwise slapping her around. This was a consensual sex scene, like virtually all of modern porn is, so it was not as edgy as it could have been but when broken down into the constituent parts, it sure seemed to invoke sparks from the first choking to the last drop of genetic juice landing on her face before he threw her again on the couch and walked away as she used the large vibrator to masturbate with. Whew!

Scene Three: Aiden Starr, one of the delights of the 2009 AEE, was up next as she dominated a guy named Devin. I've seen her dominate scores of women in the past (as well as serve as a submissive to Julie and others), my desire to see the scene from the beginning (with clothes on) addressed. She sat on him, slapped him around, and held his mouth closed as she verbally tortured him. His erection spoke volumes as to how this impacted him, the light BDSM included worthy of Aiden getting a shot at directing her own series as far as I was concerned. He was a third tier male but Aiden really shined, choking him while berating him continuously. The vaginal sex and oral provided were pretty hot too, not as hot as Penny's second scene but better than I expected (with foot fetish action for those who care). The population pudding was jerked off into her hand and she fed him some at the end.

Scene Four: Lexi Belle, a youthful lady with a pretty smile, was up last, the gal looking like she could have just stepped out of cheerleading practice on any high school varsity team in the state. She was paired off with aging lothario Mark Davis as the guy was set to dominate her. The sexual domination of the gal by Mark was such that it largely mimicked what Derrick did to Penny in the second scene, the slapping, choking, and other rough sex mixed in with the usual blowjobs and vaginal penetration. Le4xi showed she could take anything he could dish out and I thought the bonus version of the scene where the instructions were tossed in favor of the sex alone really worked significantly better, so much of the instruction seemingly going over territory mentioned before in the previous scenes. He bust a nut of spew on her face at the end and did some taste testing of his own but as much as I think he's way, way over the hill these days, he worked out just fine with the heated little babe in a way that I haven't seen in a long time from him.

Summary: Penny Flame's Expert Guide To Rough Sex by director Penny Flame for Vivid Ed was much more of a newbie's guide to the subject than a seasoned porn reviewer such as myself could use but it did lay the groundwork for further discussion and merited a rating of Highly Recommended in the genre itself. Penny was once again a treat and the sexual activity was a lot more heated than some of the admittedly dry action from previous works in the series. I would have liked more content in the field and better extras but considering how little is out there for those wanting to check out rough sex play, my thumb on the scale is relatively slight (the movie works on both levels; as educational fodder and as a stroke flick). In short, Penny Flame's Expert Guide To Rough Sex will satisfy the newcomers to rough sex and fans of the cast, Penny, Aiden, and Lexi all giving solid performances.

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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