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Her Secret Life

Studio: Wicked Pictures » Review by Don Houston » Review Date: 3/14/04

XCritic's Advice: Skip It

Her Secret Life

Wicked Pictures

Genre: Feature

Director: Jonathan Morgan

Cast: Stephanie Swift, Evan Stone, Shanna McCullough, Rachel Moore, Jeanie Rivers, Anthony Crane, Kaylynn, Jonathan Morgan, Jessica Drake, Brad Armstrong, Ian Daniels
Non-sex role by: Dick Tracy, George Kaplan

Length: 80.5 minutes

Date of Production: 3/28/2000

Extra's: The best extras for this DVD were the two bonus scenes. One scene was with Jenna Jameson and Vince Youyer from Dangerous Tides and the other was with Stephanie Swift and Evan Stone from Chances. Neither was the best the couples (or Wicked Pictures) had to offer but they were nice additions to the DVD. The other extras included were a bunch of photogalleries, Star Stats of the performers, promotional reels, DVD ROM stuff, trailers for such titles as Hercules, Sex & Romance and XXX-Training, double sided DVD cover, a German language track, and the Free Speech Coalition commercial

Condoms: Yes

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Audio/Video Quality: The picture was presented in the industry standard 1.33:1 ratio full frame color. This is one time when a Wicked Picture release did not look great as the colors were over saturated and the grain far worse than Wicked Pictures is known for. The lighting was weaker than usual too which made me think this was an impromptu movie, made with a low budget at the last possible second. The audio was presented in the typical, for Wicked Pictures at least, 5.1 Dolby Digital English but it was simply a remastered track with no separation between the channels to speak of. In general, it sounded hollow with some variation in vocals that is not the case with most modern Wicked Pictures releases. The music was appropriate in most cases, even if I didn't like it all that much, and a problem with audio dropouts made it less than thrilling to listen to.

Body of Review: At this writing, the best company in porn making feature (plot based) porn, is Wicked Pictures. Their hit to miss ratio is the envy of the industry and few would argue that the reason behind the company's success lay jointly in the vision of it's owner (Mr. Orenstein), the talent of it's directors, and the quality of it's contract stars. The company puts more resources into its movies and that helps the quality level tremendously over their competitors. That said, some of the time, particularly in the company's early years, it didn't have such a reputation. One such case, Her Secret Life, was a group of scenes tied slightly to a plot about an overworked editor played by Stephanie Swift who fantasizes about various books/movies to relieve her stressful life. Here's a breakdown of the scenes by cast:

Scene One: Stephanie, the now-former contract star of Wicked Pictures (and lead gal in this movie), took on the mighty Evan, in a noir style Black and White scene. There was oral and straight sex on an office desk with a bit of anal, although not a whole lot. It was a decent scene for it's age but nothing even close to what she has done for the company elsewhere. It ended when he jerked his load onto her chest and mouth.

Scene Two: Shanna, one of my favorite redheads of yesteryear, had a lesbian scene with Rachel and Jeanie in her lair of evil. They licked each other and used toys to get off, even having technical DPs (double penetrations) but it looked like it was filmed under the red sun of Krypton, limiting the heat a whole lot. Radioactive red is something I expect from another director, not the talented Mr. Morgan.

Scene Three: Stephanie, in a takeoff of Silence of the Lambs (parodies were abound in this movie), took care of Anthony in a mock jail cell. I think Morgan would do a lot better these days, now that his success is secure with a string of hits. The sex was her giving him a blowjob, the two boning in a few positions, and then a facial. In short, it was a weak scene.

Scene Four: Kaylynn, a gal with a cute and curvy body, had a scene with Jonathan on a desk. It was also fairly basic with her giving him some good head before he started hammering her pussy in a couple of positions. He rubbed out a load onto her face to finish it up. Like most of the rest of the movie, the red coloring was too horrible and it weakened the scene.

Scene Five: Jessica, a current contract star at Wicked, known for her wanton sexuality and hot body, Kaylynn, in a far better scene, and Brad, all wore fetish outfits as they did one another. Most of the action was oral but there was also some straight and a touch of anal too. While this was the best scene of the movie due to variety if nothing else, the technical problems invaded here too and even as the women licked his cock clean (and tongued the come off one another).

Scene Six: Stephanie, in the final scene of the movie, had a scene with Ian in an office at work. She gave him a quick blowjob and he licked her crotch a bit before they screwed in several positions. It was such a short scene that no real heat was present. There were also audio dropouts as with a few other places in the movie, making it a bad scene to enjoy at regular speed.

Summary: I like many of the performers here and the director is one of my favorites but I'd be lying through my teeth if I said this was worth getting. The sex scenes were too weak (and short) and the technical values sucked (in a bad way). I'm a fan of movies by Wicked Pictures but this one was easily a Skip It.

Note: You can see recent candid shots of several of these performers by visiting: My Photo's and read about their antics at 2004 AEE Show.

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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