Friday, July 29, 2011

Pornonomy Reviews: Satisfactions

Satisfactions (1982)

Directed by:
Robert McCallum

Starring:
Cara Lott
Carmel
Chrissie Beauchamp
Honey Wilder
Kay Parker
Laura Lazare
Rhonda Jo Petty
Danny Weirdman
Eric Edwards
Hershel Savage
John Leslie
Jon Martin
R. Bolla
Ron Jeremy

I'd imagine that in the world of film analysis and criticism, there exists a word or phrase for following one character into a scene, and then another character into the next, and so on (the way Linklater did in Slacker). Whatever that term is, Satisfactions is built around it.

While the scenes are tied together formally through the Slacker technique, narratively, the individual scenes follow a pattern: one (or more) characters express some sort of dissatisfaction (tepid sex life, boredom with life in general, dating "boys" instead of "men," etc.), which is then countered through sex with one or more other characters, "curing" the dissatisfaction, at least temporarily.

While none of the scenes stand out as atypically excellent, none of the scenes stand out as atypically poor, either. The individual performances are, pretty much across the board, adequate or better. B

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