The sex in this film is aesthetically pleasing, but it is the comedic stylings of Jonathan Morgan and Joey Silvera that really make On Her Back an enjoyable viewing experience.
The action takes place in Renaissance Italy, where the Pope (Silvera) hires Michelangelo (Morgan) to paint the Sistine Chapel. Morgan's sister Michelangela (Dyanna Lauren) also happens to be a painter, and is chomping at the bit to snag the job away from him. (Thus the clever title—get it?)
Apparently the fact that Michelangelo was gay in real life bears little relevance to this plot, because Morgan turns in a decidedly heterosexual scene with Anna Malle and Nikki Randall. Even sandwiched between these two works of art, Morgan can't restrain his quips. "Hey, when did you get your tonsils removed?" Morgan asks Malle as he sticks his dick all the way down her throat.
Randall is as hot as ever, though her new boob job detracts from the all-natural beauty that was always her biggest asset. Her alfresco garden grope with Marc Wallice will have nature lovers hugging their tree trunks.
Silvera gets down and dirty and commits some highly original sin with Lauren in the vid's most sacrilegious scene (of which there are many). This is the only time a condom is used, and it highlights the inherent difficulty of filming safe sex. After Silvera pulls out, he fumbles to rip off the rubber before blessing her torso with his papal seed.
Lee is amusing as the Pope's right hand Cardinal, and Lauren is convincing in the half-serious, half-comedic role of an ambitious woman just as eager to lose her virginity as she is to gain respect as an artist. She ends up killing the two birds with one bone.
Nominate Dan Cheise for best screenplay, and a pretty funny one at that. He manages to lace these two thematic threads together in one enchanting tapestry. Feminists (and Susie Mid-America) may not appreciate Colt Steele's spiel on "female sexuality is power" that leads to Lauren's pragmatic enlightenment. (The title is actually a double entendre referring to both the means and end result of her artistic aspirations.) But then, most diehard feminists (excluding Camille Paglia's camp) would never watch an adult movie, and Susie Mid-America is too busy peeping through Keyholes¸ so who cares?
Dyanna Lauren fans will eat this up, as will anyone seeking a well-produced, lighthearted adult comedy. The boxcover features a gorgeous portrait of Lauren as a young artist, so merchandising this tape should be a snap. Be sure to recommend it to fans of veteran Nikki Randall as well.