If "Jeopardy" was to someday have an "Adult Films" category, and the answer was "A movie where the first actual man-woman sex scene doesn't appear until 30 minutes into the film," the question would, of course, be "What is a 'couples film?" One of the most overused phrases in the industry today, "couples film" does nonetheless apply to A Lover For Susan, a sometimes strained but fairly, arousing look at the breakup of a marriage through the wife's eyes.
Susan (Nina Hartley) plays a housewife and part-time masseuse whose marriage is facing some strained time. Her husband (John Leslie) starts spending all his time at the TV studio where he works, and eventually has an affair with his assistant (Shanna McCullough). Hartley is seduced by a friend (Siobhan Hunter), and decides to find a mate lover eventually settling on poet Mike Horner, who hired her for a massage but got more in return. By feature's end, however, Hartley and Leslie are back together.
There's no law that says a couples feature must skimp on the sex scenes but many do, and A Lover For Susan suffers mostly in that respect. Except for a "dream sequence" that opens the tape, we only see Leslie and Hartley together once; ditto for Leslie and McCullough and Hartley and Horner. Not that, these scenes aren't fine. On, the contrary, they're well handled and highly erotic. It's their relative scarcity that limits the video's general appeal.