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That's My Daughter!

That's My Daughter!

Released Sep 01st, 1983
Running Time 87
Director Charles DeSantos
Company VCX
Cast Karen Sweet, Arcadia Lake, Lisa DeLeeuw, John Leslie, Eric Edwards
Critical Rating AA
Genre Feature



Billed as an erotic private eye spoof, That's My Daughter! is an attempt to provide the viewer with good sex, an interesting story and a first-rate production. It's a film which recognizes that adult entertainment means more than several sex strung together with an inane story line. Like Roommates and Taboo, That's My Daughter! wants to be considered as a movie first and as a sex film second. Unlike these films, however, it falls far short of this goal.

The cast includes some of the best performers working in adult films, and introduces a promising new actress, Karen Sweet, as the daughter. Lisa DeLeeuw will disappoint her legion of loyal fans because even though she gets star billing she makes only a brief cameo appearance, turns in an adequate but undistinguished sex scene and then is no longer seen. Arcadia Lake, a personal favorite who has been out of the business for a while, makes a rare screen appearance opposite her real life husband Eric Edwards. The bulk of the acting chores are handled by veterans Eric Edwards, John Leslie, Sharon Mitchell, Herschel Savage, and an unknown woman narrator with a passable French accent. So far so good. But, the film's real weakness is that it depends on a plot that, while superficially interesting, never quite lives up to the viewer's expectations.

The film's narrator, a French madam, is contracted by a wealthy client who is seeking his long-lost daughter, recently discovered as a porn actress in an obscure film. The madam refers her client to the offbeat detective team of Angel (Sharon Mitchell) and Johnny (Eric Edwards). Angel, a tough cookie, is constantly turning down the advances of boss Johnny.

Meanwhile, long-lost Stephanie (Karen Sweet) is bouncing from man to man, thoroughly enjoying her life as a hooker. But the gig is soon up, as Johnny and Angel burst in on Stephanie and a client. A multitude of plot-lines are unraveled: father and daughter run off to renew their relationship; Johnny gets Angel; and the French madam who narrated the film starts another story as the film ends.

Somewhere between an interesting story line and the end product something went wrong. The biggest single flaw in the film is the script; it never puts all the story elements together in a satisfying way. The film claims to be a madcap detective spoof implying that there is more than a little humor and hijinks. There is no humor in this film; nothing is played for laughs. There is a lot of silliness in this film – stupid things that aren't funny.

But what about the sex, you ask? Tell us about the good stuff. Well, there's not much to tell. Although a fair amount of sex scenes are good, it is because of the performers. The problem with this film's sex is that it's pretty standard fare – nothing out of the ordinary and no particularly steamy scenes.

If you're looking for an entertaining, fun-filled, sexy detective story as this film purports to be, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for a sex film with good production, familiar faces, and an okay story, then That's My Daughter! is worth a try.

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