Similar in style and mood to Rob Reiner's brilliant mock rock documentary This is Spinal Tap, Scotty Fox's sometimes witty and often erotic A Rare Starlet plays like a kind of "Mondo Porno." Alicia Monet emerges as a major sex star in a couple of really hot scenes and the whole breezy feature takes some neat inside stabs at the porn industry.
John Leslie, as director Sid Coppola, hosts this mockumentary and shows the inside, behind-the-scenes making of a sexvid. As he directs the sex scenes, we see the hot stuff in all its glory (we are led to believe the action is live, not edited, but if true it would make for boring sex). Redhead Monet takes on Blake Palmer in a sultry opener that trades in its sense of humor at the outset. Great scene. Dutch newcomer Veronica Dol, as Monet's adversary, eats up blonde photographer Lauren Canyon (a stunning piece of woman we should all watch for) in a sexy lesbo scene. Unfortunately, she performs better with women as her later hetero scene slows the feature down.
But all in all, A Rare Starlet has the right mix of eroticism and humor. Leslie turns in a credible performance, Blake Palmer gets involved with all the ladies and the sexual energy level is really high. Good technical references emerge from the feature as well, and even cameramen and writers are neatly satirized. Recommended!