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Suspicious Minds

Studio: Wicked Pictures » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 12/14/03

XCritic's Advice: Highly Recommended

Suspicious Minds

Wicked Pictures

Genre: Feature

Director: Brad Armstrong

Cast: Stormy, Mark Davis, Jessica Drake, Brad Armstrong, Sydnee Steele, Taylor Rain, Kurt Lockwood, Devon Michaels, Scott Styles, Chris Cannon
Non-sex cameos by Barrett Blade and Mike Horner

Length: 95 minutes

Date of Production: 6/19/03

Extra's: 23 minute long All Access: The Making of Suspicious Minds by Mark Stone (Behind the Scenes look at the movie which was originally titled by Stormy as Suspicious Behavior), a bunch of photogalleries (behind the scenes, individual ones for the performers, etc.), Star Stats with direct to sex scene feature, 4 interviews (Stormy, Sydney Steele, Jessica Drake, and Taylor Rain), an Easter egg on the interview page "tight fit", four promotional reels, various DVD-Rom materials (company profile, Casino game, Wicked Awards and nominations special, links to the company website and some desktop backgrounds), five trailers, Free Speech Coalition commercial, double sided DVD cover

The sum total of the extras is that they were pretty solid and added a lot of value to the package here. The All Access featurette was the best of the batch but the others added some replay value as well. If you like photogalleries, you'll love this one as there were a lot of them.

Condoms: Yes

Audio/Video Quality: The picture was presented in the regular 1.33:1 full frame format that most porno's are shot in. The colors were solid and fleshtones accurate with a film-feel to the production rather than the normal videotaped look. The camera work was solid with the overall picture great except for in a few moments of low lighting adding to the grain. It looked much like a real universe rather than the typical flat lighting normally used but to be fair, I prefer the flat lighting most of the time. The audio was presented in Dolby Digital Surround 5.1 English with no subtitles or foreign languages. The overall quality of the audio was solid but there wasn't much use of the surround track and most of the vocals came from the center speaker. The music was the biggest problem as it seemed droning and weak to me but I can overlook that one aspect of the show.

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Body of Review: Wicked Pictures is the leading American company for producing porn features, bar none. There are a few companies that occasionally make great releases along the same lines as Wicked but in the end, the majority of solid features come from this company. If you enjoy a bit of acting and plot with your porn, often hilarious comedies (by Jonathan Morgan) or solid dramas (by Brad Armstrong), you'll find that the company spends a lot more than average to make you happy. Granted, if your tastes are for circus act sex and gonzo, you'll likely know that Wicked isn't going to be on the top of your list. The company has been around for ten years and has developed a system of contract performers and directors in order to have more consistency in terms of high quality output. The latest drama by director Brad Armstrong is Suspicious Minds.

The movie centered on a young lady, played by new Wicked Pictures contract star Jessica Drake, who suspects her boyfriend (Brad Armstrong) is cheating on her. This is a common enough occurrence since people are always suspicious of their partner at one point or another; it's human nature. Mr. Armstrong makes a lot of dramas that focus on this theme and this time he let his former girlfriend Stormy write the screenplay (he usually writes them himself-he's a renaissance man after all). Jessica turns to her two best friends, played by Stormy and Sydnee Steele, for advice on what to do and the result is that each of them gets into a variety of sexual encounters over the course of the movie. The acting and scenarios were a lot better than average and if you enjoy a bit of story with your porn, particularly a story that your significant other may like (and it puts the focus on women cheating so aside from giving her ideas, it'll allow you to point out how women are statistically as likely as men to cheat) so read the following for a quick breakdown of the scenes:

Scene One: Stormy, playing a beautiful airhead blonde (I know, an oxymoron), had a scene in bed with Mark. She gave it a bit of role-play and he played along like all of us would do under similar circumstances. The two had oral and straight sex with some real chemistry, which made it a good scene to watch.

Scene Two: Jessica, the redheaded hotty from Texas, and Brad, had a scene on a bed. It started off with some foreplay and then oral before he started working his penis into her slowly. She was very vocal about what she liked and her groans were almost enough to get me off. The scene ended with her sucking him off to an orgasm. In a twist for porn, they actually talked and stroked each other afterwards. As an aside, I thought the placement of Wicked Pictures items in the dresser drawer to be quite clever and subtle.

Scene Three: Sydnee, another hotty from Texas, and Jessica had a lesbian scene on the bed this time. Sydnee took a dominant role, wearing a black strap-on dildo and forced Jessica to suck her off before drilling her hard and deep. There was some oral pleasuring too but most of the scene was centered on the toys (including a glass dildo).

Scene Four: Taylor, a young vivacious brunette with a lean but tasty looking body, and Kurt, had a scene in the back of a van. It started off with her giving him an aggressive blowjob and moved onto him boning her in both holes right afterwards. The lighting in this scene wasn't optimal but fans of Taylor's, particularly those that appreciate gapes, will love this short scene.

Scene Five: Devon, a redhead that has inspired many wet dreams in her long career, started off this scene by giving Scott a slow but hot blowjob. She went a different direction than Taylor by making it slow and erotic rather than hard and fast. I was surprised to see her have him put on a condom (realistic touch's like this are few and far between, most of the time, the condom magically appears out of nowhere). She climbed onto his lap and then rode him as hard as she could, using a table for balance. The table came in handy when he bent her over it and drilled away to her delight and the two swapped positions a few times before her dropped a load into her mouth.

Scene Six: Jessica, still looking hotter than a July afternoon in Lubbock, took on Chris as part of a grudge-fuck to get even with Brad. He was a police officer and apparently he was sent to serve her a well-needed dose of penis Popsicle. She kept great eye contact with him as she savored the taste of his dick and then rode on his lap as he boned away. They switched positions a few times and it ended when he popped his load upon her face and chest.

Summary: I think Armstrong is a very talented director, one of the best in porn (despite his detractors), and he shows once again that given a simple story, he can make the most of it. The cast did a decent job with the non-sex acting and the sex was good with the very attractive cast. I would've enjoyed a foursome at the end of the show between Jessica, Sydnee, Stormy and Brad but it wouldn't have fit in with the story so I can't complain too loudly about it. As an overall package, I think this one was worth a rating of Highly Recommended for couples or fans of the performers.

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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