Trashy Lady leads adult films into a new era, hopefully one that other studios will quickly join. Its level of quality is so high, relative to other X-rated films, it is difficult to critique it within their context. It's not that other sex films haven't invested in high technical quality or in interesting plots. They have. But almost all of them have become too arty or are self-consciously embarrassed at being of the adult genre.
I applaud Trashy Lady because it doesn't try to become a mass-audience film. In fact, it seems proud that it's "great-great granddaddy" was a smoker, yet this is state-of-the art. Now that there is more of a market for adult films, meaning more profit to be made, hopefully more money can be put back into improving the overall quality, as Trashy Lady does. In fact, I hope that from now on, this is the minimum a studio would have to produce in order to compete.
Trashy Lady is a gangster film. However, as virtually all gangster films focus on the violent side of the gangster business, this one is creative in that it deals with the sexual side – no violence. Dutch Segal's (Harry Reems) girlfriend walks out on him after an argument. Dutch then gets the hots for his club's cigarette girl. She wants to be his girl but he discovers that she is too classy for him ("What would people think.") So, in a reverse Pygmalion or My Fair Lady, he asks the girlfriend of another mob boss to teach his new girl to chew gun, talk dirty, give blow-jobs and in general be "a trashy lady just like you." "I'll take that as a compliment," she says. Ginger Lynn turns in a nice performance as Harry's girl.
From the beginning of this movie, one is truck by the high caliber of the music, the costumes, the sets, the old cars and the filming techniques. The actors are all good-looking. But most importantly, while they are not Sir Lawrence Olivier, they really act. And many of them, led by Harry Reems with his mob boss accent, add a subtle sense of humor, really making this movie entertaining.
Sexually, Trashy Lady sizzles. There are all types of combinations, including two girl/one guy and two guy/one girl. The director has the confidence to cut an oral sex or lesbian scene short, so it doesn't slow down the pace. There are more sex scenes in Trashy Lady than in most X-rated movies, and the performers are exciting to watch. This is one AAAA movie!