What’s a pregnant porn goddess to do? Well, if you’re legendary adult film star Elektra Luxx (Carla Gugino), you decide to quit the industry, take a job as a “sexology” instructor at the community college and look forward to your new life with your baby. Except, that may not happen quite yet – not until she wrestles with a solicitous bride-to-be, an obsessed web streamer, a studly private investigator, a clothing-challenged neighbor, a criminal twin sister and even the Virgin Mary. It’s one hysterical ride with plenty of uninhibited comedy along the way.
Elektra Luxx 7.5
Honestly, I knew nothing about this film when I picked it up. The chief reasons why I did were:
1) the local Blockbuster was closing down, it was its last weekend, and there wasn’t anything left so I was grasping at straws
2) it was ridiculously cheap
3) it’s a comedy about the porn industry, which is always worth a good chuckle or two
4) Carla Gugino
It’s not an earth-shaking film, but I thought that, for what it is, ‘Elektra Luxx’ is pretty well-conceived. The writer/director, Sebastian Gutierrez, has created some truly enjoyable characters full of quirks and neuroses. The dialogue is filled with gems that were sometimes pretty clever; I can see why the script got such a nice cast together (’cause it’s not Gutierrez’ credits that did it… I just checked ).
Although… while they got some nice names for the film, they weren’t all perfectly suited for it. For instance, even though Gordon-Levitt played his role well, his accent often seemed to vanish. Also, Carla Gugino played her part just about right, but throughout the movie I simply couldn’t imagine her as the ultimate porn star. Maybe it’s just me.
Truth be told, Gugino is a pretty decent actress; she made her character and the situations she’s in pretty darned funny. I just wonder about the role itself, is all (for instance, I found her more enjoyable as the twin sister). Adrianne Palicki’s character, who is someone who has quite the difficulty grasping simple concepts (in the same way as the lead in ‘Trixie’), was especially hilarious. And then there’s Julianne Moore’s cameo; it’s a little miscast, but she can do no wrong, so… who cares?
‘Elektra Luxx’ tells three stories at once: Luxx’ post-porn life (which is filled all sorts of truly offbeat encounters, some of which echo the porn films she probably used to make, actually ), Gordon-Levitt’s webhost’s behind-the-scenes encounters (which are sometimes clichéd but nonetheless rip-roaring ), and the two friends who go off to a resort and try to seduce some venture capitalists (this last one is less interesting, but it’s completely buoyed by Palicki ).
It may sound worse than it actually is, due to its subject matter, but there are teen sex comedies that are way more outrageous than this is. Oh sure, the stories revolve around the porn industry, and there is some nudity and crass talk along the way, but it’s hardly an offensive film. I just wouldn’t watch it with the family, is all. Or, at least, not with grandma and the kids.
Frankly, it was nice to get a few good laughs out of this one, after watching two emotionally-charged films the day before. It’s hardly an award-winner, but I think that ‘Elektra Luxx’, if only due to its pretty good script and a couple of terrific performances, might have a longer-lasting shelf-life than anticipated.
I sincerely believe that I will grow to like it more with time, as I start getting all the little jokes that you tend to miss the first time around.