Childhood friends Sarah (Eliza Ibarra) and Ted
(Codey Steele) move from the small town they’ve known all their lives to
Los Angeles together, with dreams of making it big. Ted, who aspires to
be an actor, finds the city lifestyle distracting and uncomfortable,
while Sarah, who is still searching for her calling, is filled with
excitement and wonder at all the new experiences and adventures awaiting
When Sarah and Ted meet their kinky neighbor Angie (Joanna Angel), they’re introduced to a world beyond anything in their wildest
imagination and find themselves drifting apart under the influence their
new lives. Will Sarah and Ted evolve into people who want different
things in life moving forward or will they discover they’ve been more
than friends all along?
Adult industry powerhouse Holly Randall returns to House Wicked
to helm her fifth feature in the last year for the company. This time
around, Randall assembles a cast led by Codey Steele and Eliza Ibarra,
both of whom make their Wicked Pictures leading role debuts. Eliza has
held her own in a significant role for Randall in the past, and it feels
right that the veteran director would give the young minx a chance to
carry a feature movie.
Ibarra does play her part well, projecting a believable naiveté
and innocence to make the story theme hit nicely. To his credit, Steele
also does a good job bringing a sense of trepidation to his character
that makes him feel like a fish out of water. I also want to take a
moment to gush over Emma Starletto’s voice. I once saw a movie called
“The Faculty” starring Clea Duvall and her character Stokely always
stirred my loins because I thought her voice was uniquely sexy.
Starletto’s gravely tone is very reminiscent of Stokely’s, and whenever I
hear her speak it brings back fond memories. The cast is also rounded
out by industry veterans and real-life couple Joanna Angel and Small Hands. I like it when directors give young talent an opportunity to
shine and this movie certainly does that.
The story is billed as one of two friends who discover the deep
connection they have, but I really saw it as more of a coming-of-age
story. While Ted’s worldview is very rooted in the juvenile lives he and
Sarah shared growing up, Sarah is fully ready to leave that existence
behind and embrace her newfound freedom and adulthood. She’s
experimental, open and eager to leave the past in the past. The
dichotomy between she and Ted’s competing viewpoints is truly the heart
of this story, with their connection playing a clear supporting role.
I really thought Joanna Angel did a nice job of being the
catalyst here. Sure, she’s out for some kinky fun with the “fresh meat,”
but she’s also genuine and honest with Sarah about the new reality she
and Ted are trying to navigate and that was a fun twist on the idea of
the corrupt big city influence personified in a villainous character
that we so often see in stories like this.
Speaking of Joanna Angel, she and Ibarra handle the sexual heavy
lifting in the movie. Angie and her sex partner Vincent (Small Hands)
have a really nice scene together that incorporates a voyeuristic
element which serves not only the eroticism, but the story as well.
Hands and Angel look really good together and the red lighting was a
nice touch as it helped accentuate a lot of their respective tattoos.
Let’s talk about that hip positioning from Joanna during the doggie
shall we? She turns her hips ever so slightly towards the camera to give
the audience a better view of her pussy being speared by Hands’ cock
and I gotta say, that’s performer awareness right there. A small, but
effective detail. The side standing missionary is also quite nice as it
gives the visual impression that Hands is absolutely stuffing Angel’s
pussy to the brim.
Sarah and Angie have a very playful scene that is both
exploratory and cute. Angel is surprisingly gentle with Ibarra, despite
her character being portrayed as aggressive and perhaps a bit
manipulative at the start of the film. She certainly takes the lead
during the sex, but she gives Sarah plenty of time and space to embrace
and explore this new experience, and the entire encounter comes across
as surprisingly tender. Again, I thought it was a very nice swerve for
Joanna’s character and the result is a pretty arousing lesbian scene
that is going to ramp a lot of fans up.
Ted hooks up with a classmate from his acting course (Starletto)
after the two budding thespians find some common ground over character
motivation that is nicely done. While some could argue this scene acts
as a representation of big city temptation corrupting poor, innocent
Ted, but I saw it as Ted getting a taste of unapologetic adulthood.
There’s no malicious intent on Starletto’s part, she’s just presenting
her sexual availability and Ted accepts her offer as an interested
sexual equal. There’s some sexy face-fucking here, a long doggie that
gains intensity as it progresses and a pretty aggressive missionary
finish with Emma’s legs splayed insanely wide open.
The passionate climax between Ted and Sarah is a good payoff to
the tale and offers some wholesome sex tinged with a bit of kink that
both lovers have discovered during their separate journeys. I do want to
point out the very sensual way Ibarra and Steele caress and kiss each
other at the start. They look a lot more like lovers than performers and
there’s no rush. I really enjoyed the amount of face cradling and body
worship there was to start this scene. It fit the story perfectly and
offered some sexual variety to the movie, which is important when each
scene is a standard b/g. You can lose some of your audience if you don’t
vary the action and this was a great way to do that without having to
lean on shock factor. I thought the sit-up missionary was very unique!
I’ve never quite seen that position pulled off in that way and while it
only lasted a handful of moments, I found it very arousing. Ibarra has
some wonderfully long legs and this scene does a great job showing them
off, particularly during the spoon, which also featured Ibarra rubbing
her clit sexily while Codey pounded away.
This was a fun move that had just enough of a serious tone to
move it out of the comedy category. There are certainly laughs to be had
(the landlord is great), but the subject matter does touch on some more
somber threads that will likely resonate with anyone who has moved to a
big city to chase their dreams. Eliza Ibarra and Codey Steele both
acquit themselves admirably as actors here, while Joanna Angel does a
very good job softening the harsh reality Ted and Sarah are facing.
I actually think this is one of Joanna’s best acting performances
because she brings some nuance to an archetype that is typically
one-dimensional. Emma Starletto is officially on my “like” list due to
the sultriness of her voice alone, and any studio who values feature
porn should make use of Holly Randall’s talents because she’s got a
great eye for it.