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Pay or Play

Studio: Vivid » Review by Dr. Jay » Review Date: 1/14/11

XCritic's Advice: Recommended

Genre: Genre
Director: Sinclair
Cast: Ashley Blue, John Strong, Kimberly Kane, Kurt Lockwood, Lanny Barby, Mark Davis, Mike Striker, Nick Manning, Sindee Jennings, Sunrise Adams.
Must-See Girls in Cast: Kimberly Kane and Sindee Jennings.
Length: 02:02
Condoms: Yes.
Bonus: One bonus point for the cast, which includes Dr. Jay's Must-See Girls Kimberly Kane and Sindee Jennings.


As its name implies, Pay or Play is about people who pay for sex. Sometimes, cash is exchanged. Other times, a little lesbian lovin' erases a late rent payment. Or, sex may be a prerequisite to a good job. Superstar Sunrise Adams and a host of other A-list porn stars all know that sex sells...and pays well, too.

There's a lot to like about Pay or Play. First, of course, is the cast. Sunrise Adams...Lanny Barby...Kimberly Kane...Ashley Blue...and Sindee Jennings. They're ALL stars in my book.

I also liked the scenarios and the locations in which they were shot. I'm so fucking tired of "couch sex" that I rejoice when I see people having sex in dingy alleys, restaurants, and plush bedrooms. And, the scene set-ups are a hell of a lot more interesting than those in most porn movies. By way of example, Lanny Barby and John Strong play Russians...she's an interrogator and he's a prisoner. Believe it or not, they actually speak Russian (I have no idea how well they speak it, however!). Lanny discovers that it's easier to extract information from a guy using her pussy than by punishing him! In another instance, a hooker pays a john for sex. How rare is that? In any case, kudos for some refreshingly different scenarios in locations other than the same living room that's featured in half of the movies on the market.

Even though I enjoyed the scenarios and the sex in Pay or Play, I must admit that I didn't care for the video. It appears to me that harsh spotlights were used to light the sets instead of flattering diffused light. This caused the performers' flesh to be too light, too contrasty, too dark, or the wrong color (people should never be orange or yellow!). Of particular note is how the harsh lighting diminishes the beauty of the girls. For example, stunningly gorgeous Sunrise looks like her skin is translucent and her veins are ready to pop out! Of course, I know that Sunrise is a very beautiful woman. Why screw up the lighting so that she doesn't appear pretty?

I also found the jerky camera motions annoying.

I suppose that this type of lighting has its place in so-called "alt" movies. However, Pay or Play doesn't appear to be of that genre. If you enjoy contrasty video and harsh lighting, please disregard my comments about the picture. No matter what, the sex is quite watchable and the girls are gorgeous and sexy.

Check out some photos of the girls in Pay or Play here. Pay particular attention to the photos of the incomparable Sunrise Adams, busty brunette Lanny Barby, and squirt-queen Sindee Jennings! Enjoy!


Note to readers: My reviews are provided in two parts. This webpage provides you with an overview of the scene's setup and action as well as my ratings for sex, video, audio, and production values. A separate Word document checklist details the foreplay activities, positions, pops, and features of each scene...as well as the calculation of each scene's ratings. The checklist for Pay or Play can be downloaded here. You'll need a password. It's drjay2008.

Look for scenes and movies with a 4.5 or higher (A) sex rating and at least 4.0 (B) in video, audio, and production values. Those are my favorite scenes and I'm quite certain that you'll like them, too.

Scene 1

Scene Type: Boy/girl
Performers: Kimberly Kane, Nick Manning

Overview: Nick Manning picks up a hooker, Kimberly Kane, and shuttles her back to his place in his limousine. On the way, Kimberly and Nick haggle a bit about price and service. When they come to terms ($1,500!), Kimberly and Nick kiss and then she gives him a super-hot and super-slobbery and deep-throat-intensive blowjob in the back seat of the car. Once they get to Nick's place, they go straight to the bedroom for some cock-stiffening tease action, more hot and wet fellatio, and incendiary cunnilingus/finger-fucking (Nick's a GREAT pussy eater!) that causes Kimberly to cum time and again. Of course, Nick's trademark nasty vocabulary punctuates their pleasure. As the scene progresses, Kimberly's pleasure keeps flowing as they enjoy hot vaginal sex in missionary (amazing Kimberly even fucks him back while laying on her back!), reverse (she does all the thrusting and grinding), cowgirl (he spanks and squeezes her ass and finger-fucks her asshole to increase her pleasure), kneeling doggie (he double-penetrates her by thumb-fucking her asshole as he plows her cunt with his cock), missionary again (she cums continuously), and on her side. To finish up, Nick pounds her pussy in missionary until he's ready to pop. Then, he pulls out and showers her face and fills her mouth with his seed (Droppin' loads, Nick!). Sadly, she spits it out.

Sex rating: 4.45
Video rating: 3.00
Audio rating: 4.00
Production values rating: 4.00

Scene 2

Scene Type: Boy/girl
Performers: Sunrise Adams, Kurt Lockwood

Overview: Kurt Lockwood, playing Sunrise's lazy boyfriend, sits on a couch and strums his guitar. Sunrise enters the room and then he asks her if he likes his guitar. Of course she does! She bought it for him and he hasn't paid her back. So, he tries to work off his debt by teaching her to play. However, he soon gets sidetracked by her "DD chord" boobs and ends up paying an installment by fucking Sunrise to heaven. He begins by stroking her still-clad body, by peeling up her super tight blouse and tugging aside her stuffed bra, and by squeezing and suckling her luscious boobs (Sunrise's superbly- enhanced breasts prove the value of plastic surgery). Sunrise's jeans soon disappear so that Kurt can kneel between her legs, as she lies back on the couch, and eat her voraciously while she rocks her hips to fuck his tongue. Damn, I wish I were in Kurt's place right about now! Meanwhile, Sunrise squeezes her nipples and groans appreciatively. As the foreplay continues, Sunrise pulls down his pants and swells his semi-erect rod to full mast using her hands, tongue, and mouth (lots of deep-throat action). Once they're both ready to move on to sex, Sunrise mounts him and then fucks him in reverse as the camera captures the action from below (GREAT camera angles!). Damn, Sunrise looks superb as she thrusts her body up and down! In due course, Kurt begins to fuck her back and the two develop an awesome rhythm that causes Sunrise to sweat and to pant and groan ecstatically. Later, Kurt uses his condom-protected rod to ream Sunrise's gorgeous pussy in missionary, on her side, one-legged standing doggie (her ripe body is perpendicular to the floor), missionary again (she fucks him back and sweats buckets), and on her side again (Sunrise's tits look GREAT!). When Kurt can no longer hold back, he pulls out, tears off his condom, and sprays Sunrise's voluptuous chest and muscular belly with his cum. She then grabs his cock with both hands, milks him dry, and then eats fingers-full of his semen. Sadly, Sunrise didn't appear to climax during the scene.

Sex rating: 4.00
Video rating: 3.50

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Audio rating: 3.50
Production values rating: 4.00

Scene 3

Scene Type: Boy/girl
Performers: Sindee Jennings, Mark Davis

Overview: Squirt princess Sindee Jennings drops by a local restaurant thinking it's actually a strip club. She's there to audition for a job, you see, and restaurateur Mark Davis isn't about to let a chance like that slip by. So, Sindee's striptease audition morphs into something much more pleasurable as the two enjoy sex--and lots of female ejaculate--right there in Mark's dining room. After a superficial verbal "interview," Sindee steps atop a table that doubles as her stage and shows Mark her sexy moves as she pulls aside her loose-fitting dress to show off her tight young body. Soon, Sindee pushes the table aside so that she can give Mark and superb lap dance while he strokes and spanks her flesh. Boldly, Sindee kisses his open mouth, suckles his fingers (to prove her fellatio skills), and then helps Mark remove her clothes. Immediately, Mark's semi-erect cock appears from his pants and, of course, Sindee gives him a very enthusiastic (she's literally joyful!), noisy, slobbery, and deep-throat-intensive and/blowjob that hardens his cock immediately. Believe me...seldom do I see a girl who enjoys fellatio SO MUCH! Eventually, Sindee turns around, spreads her ass cheeks wide, and then lowers her pussy around Mark's cock as he sits back on the restaurant booth. Then, she fucks him with abandon...again Sindee's enthusiasm is infectious and she fucks and grinds him erotically. Sindee's lust pays her big dividends almost immediately when she showers Mark, the floor, the booth, and herself with the first of many streams of her ejaculate. She laps up her squirt from Mark's body and the booth cushion and then climbs back aboard him for more squirt-inducing reverse cowgirl sex (Mark tugs powerfully on her hair as she fucks the shit out of him!). Damn, she's GOOD! As the scene continues, Mark bends Sindee over into the doggie position, famishly licks her juice-coated pussy, spanks her butt, and rims her asshole. Then, they fuck each other with redline strokes in standing doggie (she cums repeatedly), kneeling doggie, missionary, piledriver (Mark makes her squirt into her own mouth--and then she spits it into HIS mouth!), cowgirl (she stands up and squirts a stream into his mouth and then fucks his face while sucking his cock), reverse cowgirl again, kneeling doggie again, and missionary again (she uses deep-throat strokes to suck his cock clean). As this volcanic scene draws to a close, Sindee kneels at Mark's feet as he frantically strokes his cock to orgasm. Mark showers her face and fills her mouth with his cum. Then, magnificent Sindee swallows every drop. Believe me, if you haven't seen Sindee Jennings in action, you aren't keeping up with one of the hottest new performers in recent memory.

Sex rating: 5.00
Video rating: 3.50
Audio rating: 4.00
Production values rating: 4.40

Scene 4

Scene Type: Girl/girl
Performers: Sunrise Adams, Ashley Blue

Overview: Ashley Blue plays Sunrise's landlady. Since Sunrise is behind in her rent (maybe because her slacker boyfriend hasn't paid her back for his guitar--see Scene Two), Ashley storms up the stairs and pounds on Sunrise's door. Sunrise, kicking back on her living room couch masturbating, pretends nobody's home. Fortunately for us, however, Ashley barges in and immediately notices the arsenal of toys Sunrise has arranged on her coffee table. Ashley knows that Sunrise is into porn and suggests that "you do the porn on me!" Of course, Sunrise immediately agrees. So, Ashley tugs off her pants and orders Sunrise to strap on a big black dildo and fuck her ass. You've got to admit that it's refreshing for a woman to say exactly what she wants! Anyway, Sunrise strips naked (damn, her body is fantastic), dons the strap-on, and then uses it to deep-throat-fuck Ashley's throat. Soon, impatient Ashley lies on her shoulders in piledriver and, as Sunrise straddles her, Ashley relaxes her sphincter with her fingers. Then, while talking deliciously nasty, Sunrise slips the black plastic rod into Ashley's accommodating asshole and fucks it deeply. After Ashley sucks her ass juices off of the rod ATM style, she straddles Sunrise in reverse, slips the dick into her ass, and then Sunrise reams her fast and deep while Ashley finger-fucks her pussy and squeals with delight. Ashley soon screams through an orgasm and then sucks the toy clean. Now, it's Sunrise's turn to be pleasured. So, she sits back on the couch and spreads her legs wide so that Ashley can go down on her tasty twat. Sunrise grinds her cunt against Ashley's face and squeezes her own magnificent boobs while Ashley eats her. Then, holding a toy in her mouth with her teeth, Ashley fucks the shit out of Sunrise's pussy while Sunrise, in turn, fucks back and tugs on Ashley's hair. Sunrise's subsequent orgasm literally causes her to convulse! Afterward, Ashley rim's Sunrise's asshole while Sunrise undulates her body, grinds Ashley's face, and uses the toy on her own clit. When it's Ashley's turn to again be the center of attention, she kneels on the couch in doggie. Sunrise then shoves a string of anal beads up Ashley's asshole while Ashley giggles ecstatically. After all the beads have disappeared into Ashley's asshole, Sunrise jacks Ashley's clit until she cums. Sunrise, again the center of attention, then kneels on the couch in doggie and fucks her own pussy with a toy while Ashley deep-throats a plastic dick. Ashley soon grabs Sunrise's toy with her teeth and then fucks her with it. As this superb scene continues, Sunrises fucks Ashley's pussy with a huge dildo in doggie while jacking her clit (Ashley deep-throats it to clean off her cum), and Sunrise lies on the couch and fucks and grinds her cunt against Ashley's face (Sunrise's orgasm is the reason I watch porn!). When Ashley's through with Sunrise, both girls acknowledge that Sunrise's rent is paid in full!

Sex rating: 5.00
Video rating: 2.00
Audio rating: 4.00
Production values rating: 4.10

Scene 5

Scene Type: Boy/girl
Performers: Lanny Barby, John Strong
Overview: Stunning Lanny Barby plays an interrogator charged with making Russian John Strong talk. From outside his jail cell, Lanny questions him--and he answers--in Russian (there are English subtitles). After spending a few minutes getting nowhere, Lanny decides that a little sex-appeal might do the trick. So, she moves closer to the cell's bars and gives John a peek of what's under her lab coat. John, of course, reacts like you or I would and pulls out his cock. Lanny, knowing a good thing when she sees it, drops to her knees and gobbles his rod as it sticks through the jail cell door. Stunningly-beautiful Lanny ardently worships John's rod with her mouth, tongue, and hands and she swallows it whole, too. She even licks and suckles his lucky balls! After a while, Lanny's lust escalates to a point that she simply must have MORE of John. So, she opens the cell and lies down on John's cot with her legs splayed and her pussy uncovered (I Love Lanny's chevron-trimmed pubic hair). John drops to his knees and does his share of pussy worship as he hungrily sucks, licks, and probes her beautiful vagina. Once John is sure that Lanny's pussy is ready for him, he stands and slips his cock inside missionary style as she holds her legs behind her head to give him total access. While he fucks her, John reaches down and squeezes her erect nipples. Lanny increases her own pleasure by fucking him back and by jacking her clit. John, definitely in love with Lanny's pussy, takes breaks to lick and finger fuck it (it gapes beautifully). Lanny likes his touch so much that she arches her back with pleasure. As the scene continues, John and Lanny fuck in spoon (she plays with herself and fucks him back with moves that left me breathless), cowgirl (he takes breaks to eat her pussy and he redlines as he pounds her faster and faster with balls deep strokes), reverse (her bouncing tits are magnificent--especially when she fucks him back!), and kneeling doggie (he eats her out and rims her asshole before his slips back inside her). To conclude the scene Lanny lies on her back atop the cot as John showers her pretty smiling face, outstretched tongue, and mountainous tits with his cum. She sucks him dry and then massages his semen into her flesh. I'm disappointed that Lanny did not cum during this scene.

Sex rating: 3.85
Video rating: 3.00
Audio rating: 4.00
Production values rating: 4.40

Scene 6

Scene Type: Boy/girl
Performers: Sunrise Adams, Mike Striker

Overview: In an unexpected role reversal, a hooker played by Sunrise Adams propositions an ordinary guy (Mike Striker) in an alley. "So, how much?" she asks. "For what?" he replies. "For you to fuck me!" After making it clear that SHE wants to pay HIM, Mike readily agrees (I wouldn’t charge her anything!), sits her atop a box, strips off her short-shorts, spreads her legs, and buries his greedy face between her succulent labia. Mike does a very nice job stoking Sunrise's fire with his tongue, spit, and fingers. She increases her pleasure by grinding her cunt against his face. Soon, Sunrise demands, "Let's see what you've got!" So, she unzips his jeans, drops to her knees, pulls out his dick, and sucks him to full mast. Sunrise swallows him balls-deep and uses her hands to great advantage while blowing him. Of course, Mike tosses back his head in ecstasy as Sunrise sucks his soul out through his rod. Happy Mike shows Sunrise his appreciation by pulling her long, flowing, blond hair and by squeezing her boobs and erect nipples. Before moving on to sex, both Mike and Sunrise strip naked, kiss, and fondle each others' flesh. Then, Mike tosses a barrel on its side and lays back on it. Sexy Sunrise then straddles him in reverse and lowers her amazing body down, slaps her labia with his rod, and then forces his penis deep inside her vagina. Once he's inside, Sunrise begins to fuck him using absolutely stunning thrusting and grinding moves while he squeezes her boobs, caresses her womanly curves, and inflames her lust with naughty talk. Sunrise loves to fuck him...and her clit swells proud and hard to prove it. Before transitioning to standing doggie, Mike takes a break to lick her slippery cunt and to finger her swollen labia while Sunrise coos with pleasure. She also takes advantage of the break to suck her juices off of his rod and to use his cock to fuck her tits. During the ensuing doggie, Sunrise pants and groans ecstatically as her magnificent boobs bounce joyfully. Later, Mike again breaks to hungrily gorge himself on her pussy. Then, Sunrise lies down on an overturned shopping cart and goes nuts as Mike fucks her missionary style until she cums hard (her huge swollen clit is gorgeous!). After sucking her cum off of Mike's dick, both Sunrise and Mike stand so that Mike can fuck her from behind and to the side (nice--and quite unique-- position, Sunrise). In my favorite part of the scene, Mike lifts Sunrise off her feet, lowers her pussy onto his cock, and then tosses her body up and down as they fuck in standing cowgirl. Unfortunately, this standing sex all too soon morphs into missionary as Mike again sets Sunrise onto the box on which they initially fucked. While pistoning in-and-out of Sunrises' pussy, Mike slaps her pretty titties. Sunrise reacts by matching his thrusts stroke for stroke and by screaming through another orgasm. As the scene continues, they spend a bit more time in doggie (she fucks him back) and a third round of missionary (both bodies glisten with pleasure-induced sweat). To finish up the scene, Sunrise begs Mike to fill her mouth with cum. So, after she drops to her knees, gallant Mike does just that. Then, she sucks and strokes him dry, spits his semen onto her tits, and then massages it into her flesh: "I love being a whore!" This is a very good scene...but, I wish she hadn't spit out Mike's semen.

Sex rating: 4.35
Video rating: 2.50
Audio rating: 4.00
Production values rating: 4.10


As is generally the case with Vivid releases, Pay or Play comes with a nice set of extras. There's a "Positions Room" you can use to jump to pussy eating, blowjob, missionary, doggie, or cum shot footage. In additions, there's a 12-minute behind-the-scenes featurette that includes still photo shoot footage, behind-the-camera footage, on-set tomfoolery, bloopers, footage of Sunrise "fluffing" Mike Striker, "after-sex" impromptu interviews, blocking and planning the scenes, footage of Sunrise, Kimberly, and Ashley "choosing their weapons" from an arsenal of toys, and footage of Ashley fucking her throat with her hand. Five bonus scenes are included in the "Vivid Girl Extras." The scenes last about and hour and a half; include boy/girl, boy/girl/girl, and girl/girl encounters; and feature Lanny Barby (be still my heart!), Ashley Blue, Kayden Kross, Kimberly Kane, Lisa Daniels, and Sunrise Adams. The "Vivid Girl Extras" also includes a text bio of Sunrise Adams. You'll also find a self-running slide show (2 ½ minutes), previews of other Vivid titles, phone sex ads, a promo for products available from Vivid, and an ad for Vivid's website. This selection of extras is not as extensive as those found on the discs in "big budget" releases, but they're damned nice. Four and one-half stars.

Final Thoughts

Average sex rating: 4.40
Average video rating: 2.90
Average audio rating: 3.90
Average production values rating: 4.80
Extras rating: 4.50
Bonus point(s): 1.00
Overall rating: 4.30

X Critic Pick (4.5+ sex; 4.0+ production values; 4.5+ overall)
Highly Recommended (4.5+ sex; 4.0+ overall)
Recommended (4.0+ sex; 4.0+ overall)
Rent It (<4.00 sex; <4.00 overall)
Skip It (<3.50 sex; <4.00 overall)

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