|Released||Apr 07th, 2011|
|Running Time||156 Min.|
|Cast||Annie Cruz, Brandy Aniston, Rocco Reed, Nicki Hunter, Ron Jeremy, Jack Vegas, Kirsten Price, Mac Turner, Marcus London, Jessica Drake, Randy Spears, Brad Armstrong, Dick Chibbles, Alektra Blue, Kaylani Lei, Tommy Gunn, Puma Swede, Nikki Daniels|
|Non-Sex Roles||James Bartholet|
|Critical Rating||AAAA 1/2|
Creating an adult parody is hard enough. Creating one that is funny or true enough to the original material is even tougher. But taking on a cult phenomenon that unintentionally parodied itself … that’s just crazy, right?
Brad Armstrong was brave enough (or daft enough?) to take on what has become arguably the biggest underground pop culture phenomenon of the last century. In Wicked’s The Rocki Whore Picture Show, Armstrong has made sure to capture the essence of the original film (which was based on the British stage play), but making enough changes to give his version its own voice in the adult realm.
Granted, there was plenty of sexual innuendo and implication in the “mainstream” (and we use that term loosely) version, but here, all the characters finally get to engage in something even more risqué than “elbow sex.”
In the XXX retelling, Brad and Janet (Rocco Reed and Jessica Drake) are newlyweds who find themselves at the doorstep of Frank ‘n’ Beans’ mansion, but not before they lose themselves—and their virginity—in the car beforehand. Greeted and encouraged to come in from the rain by Vagina (Nicki Hunter) and Stiff Staff (Randy Spears), it begins a case of mistaken identity: the servants assume the newlyweds are actually a couple sent by a local agency as performers for the pornographic movie their master is filming. And the new film will star his greatest creation yet: the buxom blonde Rocki (Puma Swede).
Fans of the original movie might find some of the scenes “predictable”—Euphoria (Alektra Blue) and Freddie (Brad Armstrong) get it on in her bedroom, and Vagina and Stiff Staff take their working relationship to a carnal level. But there are some really hot sexual performances that stand out, specifically Euphoria and Vagina, who use their fingers, tongues and glass plugs to satisfy one another in front of the cameras; and Janet and Frank (newcomer Mac Turner) getting it on in great detail behind that red curtain. And can we just say how much we love Turner’s turn as the character made fabulous by Tim Curry? He looks like Frank, sounds like Frank and is just as deliciously ambiguous as Frank.
And though there are no cues for audience members to throw items at the screen (though we would love to see a theater screening like that … maybe throwing condoms or lube samples), the attention to detail is amazing, from the costumes to the sets to the makeup. Even the lines referencing audience participation jokes are cleverly inserted. And, of course, there’s the soundtrack. Even though during some sex scenes it almost sounds like the background music came from an Austin Powers parody (a little too Swingin’ '60s), the song parodies are perfect. Jessica Drake nails a solid vocal performance with “Fuck-a-Fuck-a,” and Mac Turner practically brings the house down with “Oversexed Pornstar.”
Some might think it foolhardy to parody Richard O’Brien’s brainchild; it was a fine line that Armstrong and his cast and crew walked here, but they stayed just this side of sacrilegious and pulled off a big hit.