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Candida Royalle's One Size Fits All

Studio: Adam & Eve » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 7/6/03

XCritic's Advice: Highly Recommended

One Size Fits All

Adam & Eve/Femme Productions

Genre: Feature

Director: Candida Royalle

Cast: Missy, Mark Davis, Gina Rome, Tom Byron, Nina Hartley, Melissa Hill, Peter Romera, Shanna McCullough, Alex Sanders
Non-sex by: Candida Royalle, Dolores DeLuce, Silvana Religi

Length: 81 minutes

Date of Production: 6/24/02 (dvd), 1998 (the movie itself)

Extra's: Message from Candida-where she talks about Femme Productions for a couple of minutes, trailers, bloopers, commercial for Candida's sex toy products, biography of Candida, Candida's comments about the movie-she discussed the ins and outs of the cast and movie during a photogallery, Candida's scrapbook (photogallery of behind the scenes with written comments by Candida), CREDITS!

Audio/Video Quality: The picture was presented in 1.33:1 ratio full frame. For the most part, it looked clear but some of the scenes were lit in a more romantic way than I prefer. The darkness makes grain appear on the screen and that's a problem for me. Luckily, the overall quality was high enough that you won't notice much of the grain in the scenes that has it. The audio was presented in stereo English with clear vocals and solidly produced music.

Body of Review: Almost all porn is made for a small audience of males. Such is the case that a title that sells several thousand copies is considered a success. What a shame it is that most porn companies routinely ignore the fact that over 51% of the population is female-with different needs, wants, and desires than most men. The bottomline is that while a lot of women like porn, even the most jaded of them likes good porn better than what currently passes as such by the limited set of characters the industry portrays as mainstream producers. Enter Candida Royalle and her company, Femme Productions.

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Candida was a porn star back in the good old days of porn. In 1984, she started her own line of movies, Femme Productions with the hopes of capturing some of those females that the larger porn companies blew off as not being part of the potential customer base. Over the years, those companies have been quite defensive about their work, especially in light of various prosecutions and trends in the industry, and always seem willing to suggest that Candida's works have flopped since they don't sell to traditional venues as much as the latest volume in such wonderfully perverted titles as Barely Legal Volume 32 or Hustler XXX 17. Candida will then generally point out that while their releases sell fast up front but then after a month, almost none of them are ever heard from again while hers have a consistent level of sales over time. Most of her titles sell to consumers as well whereas theirs sell to rental outlets which most people recognize as being fairly limited in terms of revenue sharing (i.e.: they don't share at all). As Candida and her distributor, Adam & Eve, continue to work out better ways of showing an alternative to the usual porn-one with women and couples in mind rather than the relative handful of raincoaters, I think those numbers will improve as well. Expanding the market for adult material can only assist the industry in its defense against prosecution so perhaps more companies will support this young lady and her future efforts.

In One Size Fits All, Candida tells the story of a dress that seems to provoke a response in every couple that it comes into the possession of. It changes hands and in turn stimulates those couples into having very passionate sex with one another. A simple story but one that allows the scenes to be connected as well as any other. The sex itself is pretty basic compared to the circus act stuff you'll see elsewhere but, as a single guy, I liked it (and we all know how much porn I've watched over the years) and that really says something. The sex is good enough to get a significant other in the mood so you can enjoy it together and in the end, isn't that better than the stay at home alone type action most porn is designed for? Here's a quick breakdown of the scenes by cast, noting that the sex is less explicit than what you'll find elsewhere:

Scene One: Missy, the cutie on the dvd cover, and Mark, had a scene on a bed after warming up by a pool. The scene was unlike most porn in that a long time is spent warming up the performers with foreplay. Rather than just rip each others clothes off, the couple enjoyed the moment for awhile. While this sounds contradictory, essentially a porn movie with class being somewhat unusual, the two had lots of chemistry and it made the scene much more fulfilling than the usual slam/bam/thank you ma'am scene that almost all porn scenes reflect.

Scene Two: Gina, an Italian woman with all the right curves, and Tom, had a scene in his shop. The fact that they too spent some time kissing and otherwise getting each other ready made this a good scene as well. That the scenes showed a little post coital kissing and romance was obviously Candida's intent and worked.

Scene Three: Nina, one of the more attractive gals in the business-regardless of her age, and Mark had a scene that was reminiscent of scene one but with Nina in the lead. Very warm with oral and straight sex on a bed.

Scene Four: Melissa, a personal favorite of mine over the years, and Peter, had sex on a couch. The two took their time as well and while the scene wasn't particularly explicit, it was a lot hotter than most porn scenes (remember that the mind is the largest sex organ-except maybe with Ron Jeremy). I can never get enough of looking at this gals ass and eyes.

Scene Five: Shanna, another older but hotter gal, and Alex, had a chemistry filled scene by a fireplace. The sex was playful and very warm. You go girl!

Summary: A solid effort by Candida and company. I Highly Recommended it to couples and those new to porn as an alternative to the ultra hardcore action that dominates the current porn market. The sex was warm with lots of chemistry and that makes this a winner. There was also a lot of subtle humor, mainly on Tom's part, that added to the fun of the minimalist story.


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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