Another day, another fluffy vehicle for Wicked Pictures contract starlet Jessica Drake. Actually, this one isn’t bad. Released just a few weeks before the Mila Kunis/Justin Timberlake starrer “Friends With Benefits”, and a few weeks after the far superior (in my humble opinion, anyway) Natalie Portman/Ashton Kutcher hit “No Strings Attached”, this one revolves around two lifelong friends, a girl and a guy (Jessica Drake and Kris Slater), who attempt to balance intimacy and friendship while avoiding the trappings of love and romance.
The outcome is predictable, but part of the fun is getting there, as we all know. Jessica Drake, usually a decent actress, doesn’t seem as invested in the material and delivers her lines as if she had only just skimmed them prior to walking on set. Definitely not her best work but not her worst either. Kris Slater (2012′s “Corrupt Schoolgirls“), on other hand, is solid as a womanizer with a strictly platonic soft spot for his childhood pal, Drake.
Unlucky in love, Drake, has found herself leaning on Slater more and more in recent months as her relationship with her boyfriend (Reed) veers off the rails. Eventually it comes to a crashing halt in a crowded upscale restaurant when an assumed marriage proposal turns into an ugly insult-filled break up. “You’re crazy!” Reed tells her, before scooting out the door, leaving Drake in tears. Hopping out of a bed that he’s sharing with his Guatemalan hottie girlpal, Slater rushes over to offer Drake words of support and a shoulder to cry on. “He wasn’t good enough for you,” he tells her. In her vulnerable state, Drake confesses that she and Reed hadn’t been intimate in six months, and that she’s extremely desperate for some human contact. She wants it bad. This sparks a conversation about friends and sex – and about them engaging in a quickie if only to quench Drake’s lusty cravings. Slater has reservations about it, thinking it might complicate their friendship but Drake assures him that nothing will change. Of course, they like it and agree to keep doing it but only as long as they keep emotions out of it. Neither is interested in anything long term.
As revealed in the opener, Drake and Slater both work at a small newspaper located in Northern California. This place, and it’s collection of characters, provide the backdrop for which this tale of thirty-somethings looking for loveless sex, unfolds. Drake writes a romance column while Slater, a sports writer, is stuck covering cricket matches to appease the small contingent of Brits that live in the area. Slater’s best bud, Barrett Blade, owns a sporting goods store next door, but spends most of his time hanging around the office talking sports and sex with Slater (think Dante and Randall from Clerks) much to the chagrin of manager Dane Cross (2010′s “Turbo Rock“), the nerdy, fresh out of college son of the newspaper owner. Cross has eyes for Drake’s gal pal, horoscope writer Kortney Kane (star of Ettore Buchi’s awesome “Mission Asspossible“, here in a nonsex role), but is too intimidated to actually ask her out. Kane knows of his fondness for her but she’s hesitant to push it as their signs prove that they are not compatible.
Decent lighting and lots of close-ups helps to convey a romantic coupling between Jessica Drake and Rocco Reed (2011′s “This Isn’t The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn 1“) to start the film. It’s a slow burn sex scene that finds these two pros grinding it out in a couple of positions. Drake looks yummy in negligee (black panties, stockings, bra and high heels) getting fucked by a condomed Reed. She rubs herself off before flipping over and letting Reed get her from behind. The cumshot is delivered across her left buttcheek. Afterwards, Reed proposes to Drake and she accepts… and then wakes up. Yes, it was all a dream. Kane suggests that when you find yourself dreaming about someone, it’s speaking to a problem or some trouble in the realtionship. Trouble indeed. In reality, Drake has a date with Reed to a quaint restaurant where the inevitable break up mentioned in paragraph two occurs.
Across town Chris Slater tangles with his busty girlfriend Cassandra Cruz (2010′s “Not Charlie’s Angels XXX“) in a steamy scene set to an oddly unsexy Latin beat. As revealed earlier, Slater thinks Cruz strange and is mulling over the possibility of calling it quits with her. I can only assume this is their one last fuck before parting company. The sex is more lively this time, as a condomed Slater plows Cruz’s bald snatch in three positions (mish, doggy and spoon) before blowing a sizeable load across Cruz’s pussy, stomach and the sheets. Afterwards, an argument erupts between the two and Cruz bolts even before Slater has had a chance to dump her. Slater’s later visit to console a heartbroken Drake ends with the pair agreeing to screw each other, although, wisely, this coupling is not shown. Nope, the producers want to save that encounter for later in the film when it really matters to the characters… and the audience.
Back at the office, Drake gets a bad vibe from Cross’ newly hired receptionist, Kaylani Lei (2011′s “XXX Avengers“). Her skimpy attire and overly flirty way leaves Drake feeling that she’s a lawsuit in the making, something Slater brushes off with a chuckle. Later on, alone in his office way past closing time, Dane Cross offers Kaylani Lei, a chance at advancement within the company (and the chance to fire somebody) if she’ll put out for him. Lei, playing a manipulative gold-digger, has no problem boffing rich boy Cross so the pair screw right there in his office (on his desk and off) in a trio of positions culminating with Cross spurting off across Lei’s chest and tits.
Precipitating the big (and totally formulaic) fight between Slater and Drake, Barrett Blade (2011′s “Grindhouse XXX: A Double Feature“) implores Slater to join him at a strip club later that night. Drake is disgusted and lays down the law: If Slater goes to the strip club, they are through as fuck buddies. Slater isn’t comfortable with Drake’s bossy commands (an obvious front for her insecurities) and decides to go with Blade to the club. As it turns out, Blade has ulterior motives, namely wanting to see his ex-girlfriend, Alektra Blue, who works there as a dancer. Apparently the two had been dating for a long time but because Blade couldn’t handle the idea that his girl was dancing naked for other men, he broke it off. Now he misses her. Blue and Blade scoot off to a backroom to “talk” leaving Slater alone at the bar with his beer… and his thoughts of Drake. Watch for Eric Masterson (2011′s “Avengers XXX: A Porn Parody“), on set assisting with production, doing a cameo playing the bartender, and Marcus London (2011′s ”Star Wars XXX: A Porn Parody“), who was there helping with catering, doing a brief stint as a patron.
In the backroom, a half-assed lap dance morphs into a sweetly romantic marriage pitch when Blade confesses to a very displeased Alektra Blue (2012′s “Busty Invaders From Mars“) that he loves her and misses her. “I love you, too,” Blue admits to him, even before he unveils a ring and asks for her hand in marriage. Blade understands that this is her job and agrees to work at accepting it, as long as he can be with her. She accepts his proposal. Ah. Melting into his arms, the two snuggle and kiss and get frisky. To celebrate, they decide to engage in frantic, rough sex in four positions inside a small booth leading to Blue stroking/sucking off her fiancée to a really good load into her open mouth and across her face.
Leaving the bar, Slater pays Jessica a late-night visit. He has something to tell her. Although upset, she agrees to listen to what Slater has to say. In a lengthy, heartfelt speech, he lays it all out for her. “I don’t want to be friends…. I love you. I’ve always loved you,” Slater tells her. “Why didn’t you tell me,” Drake asks him before admitting that she loves him too. Embracing, the two fall onto a nearby couch and begin kissing and getting naked. The sex scene we were denied earlier plays out in all of its glory. A surprisingly good coupling finds the pair screwing in a trio of positions culminating with Slater spurting his love across Drake’s right buttcheek.
Condoms used in every scene.
No production dates given. Release Date: 6/1/2011
DVD contains a bonus scene with Jessica Drake and Rocco Reed from Office Encounters (scene 1).