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Family Secrets

Studio: Vivid » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 9/15/15

XCritic's Advice: Recommended


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Family Secrets

Vivid Entertainment

Genre: Feature

Director: Kimberly Kane


Cast: Kimberly Kane, Steven St. Croix, Claire Robbins, Princess Donna, Penny Pax, Tommy Pistol, Ritchie Calhoun, Danny Wylde

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Non-sex roles: Kylie Ireland, the rest of the crew uncredited

Length: 94:51 minutes

Date of Production: 2014


Extras: The extras included a 51:51 minute long Behind the Scenes feature, a pop shot recap, a photogallery, some trailers, Vivid’s longstanding “special offer”, and the usual spam/extras. I really liked the BTS, not so much for the length but the depth and inclusion of lots of different aspects of the flick such as how this was shot concurrently with last year’s big hit Wetwork, the name changing and the bizarre circumstances of the San Francisco production(s). There was a lot of improvised goofing around worth watching, the idea that it could have become a documentary about shooting a movie that was never finished plausible. It was hilarious (pranks and all) and an idea that should be picked up.

Condoms: None

Audio/Video Quality: Family Secrets was presented in anamorphic widescreen as credited to director Kimberly Kane for Vivid Entertainment. As soon as I saw the director of photography was Eli Cross and the art directors were Kylie Ireland & Andy Appletn, I knew the technical aspects would be fine, the clarity of the shots and accuracy of flesh tones every bit as good as Wetwork that was shot by the same folks at the same time to save money. The editing by Fletcher Martin was tight in most cases, few noticable transitions observed and a lot of care going into the final cut.There was a company watermark on the lower left corner of the screen at all times and a few spots were some intentional grain was included but the extensive use of establishing shots and varied backgrounds made this look like a “real” movie too. The aural portion of the movie was presented in 2.0 Dolby Digital stereo using the AC3 codec, the vocals crisp and clear, the haunting musical score well above average, and the ambient sounds appropriately mixed in, Seth Cardigan credited with the audio for the show.


Body of Review: Kimberly Kane is one of the most talented young ladies to enter porn over the years, that she is one of the nicer and smarter people (of either gender) to perform and direct is just the icing on the cake for guys like me. Her latest work is for Vivid Entertainment in the form of Family Secrets, a feature mystery centering on the question; “Who Killed Vicky Valentine?” Kim plays a role as do Penny Pax, Claire Robbins, Steven St. Croix and other recognized talents in what I found to be a smaller budget but creative bit of entertainment, the technical side of the movie well covered by some of the same names you always hear around award time. The back cover described the movie like this:”When the body of a young girl is discovered on a popular San Francisco beach, a chilling web of lies, sexual depravity and dark Family Secrets unfold and everyone is a suspect. The clock is ticking to solve the mystery and the qyestion on everyone's mind is... Who Killed Vicky Valentine?” Here’s a brief look at the scenes by cast and action, noting that no condoms were used for those still interested:



Scene One: Kimberly Kane, the lean brunette hotty featured on the lower middle portion of the front cover, was up first in bed with Steven St. Croix, the man plowing her in various forms of missionary as she intensely provided solid eye contact with him. He choked her a little and sucked her tits, gobbling her hairy gash as she spread her legs wide to accommodate him at pleasuring her, her erect nipples and elevated respiration rate displaying the usual signs that what he was doing to her worked. They vaginally fucked in other postions as well, his turgid rod porking her neatly trimmed pussy and she slobbed his knob a little at times, a grudge fuck dynamic displayed more than anything else. In the end, she drained his dragon of sperm that came flying along her entire torso and head to surprise them both, a kiss finishing it off before some of the feature elements took over.



Scene Two: Claire Robbins, a redheaded cutie seen muff diving on Princess Donna on the lower right corner of the front cover, was up next with Donna in a bathroom lesbian tryst as the sexually aggressive Donna led her away from the dance floor mopes bothering her. Donna’s delicious ass looked great in the tight animal print dress, Claire wearing ultra conservative white panties that covered almost her own entire ripe rump. Donna pulled Claire’s undies up her ass and licked the gal after some spanking, the sound s resonating off the walls of the location hampered by the mirror and size of the room. It was heated and included both ladies going down on each other, some fingering and stuffing of panties in Claire’s mouth ending the freaky scene.



Scene Three: Penny Pax, the popular redhead featured on the lower left corner of the cover, was up next as she left the bar with drifter Tommy Pistol, the couple ending up on a cheap motel bed where he pawed at the sexy babe to suck her boobs and caress her perky ass, her tight black dress and matching panties discarded in short order just as she whipped out his modest cock to apply some hand to gland friction and blow him. As expected, Penny was as adorable as ever, inhaling his cock with ease as she throated him, even giving Tmmy a foot jobas she masturbated to provide him with inspiration. While not a truly bald beaver, Penny’s cookie looked like it was sporting a few day’s growth of hair, Tommy not giving much head before tearing into her exceedingly juicy slit, Penny riding actively with both giving more head before she milked his balls dry to glaze her face with semen.



Scene Four: Penny Pax, on the dance floor in panties and dressed pulled up over her boobs, then finished the sexual aspects of the movie with friend Ritchie Calhoun and step brother Danny Wylde, the details coming out as a result of the investigation by Kim. The guys were all over her in the otherwise dark room, grabbing her yummy ass and going down on her as they roughly enjoyed her company. She took turns blowing them and they porked her precious pussy, switching to her ass where she actually rode more aggressively asd she bounced on their admittedly modest rods. They then gave her a double penetration (DP) and continued boning her like they owned her, Penny’s three holes used as she got off at least a few times by the looks of it, the very wet scene leading to the climax when she knelt to beat their meat until they plastered her face with their manly fluids one at a time, Penny savoring the juices.


Summary: Family Secrets by director Kimberly Kane for Vivid Entertainment was a great deal of fun, the sexual trysts heated and the feature elements well done, the BTS feature itself worthy of some attention as were the technical values. Given that it was a crime thriller type flick, the replay value of the movie was not as strong as it could have been but Family Secrets easily earned a rating of Recommended and I can see why some are whispering it could become a dark horse favorite for a variety of awards this season, much like Wetworks was last year so check it out.

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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