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Cookies & Cream

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3.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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Product Description

Carmen, a racially-mixed single mother, accepts an online adult entertainment job to support herself and her daughter. Searching for the security of a long term relationship with an honest man, she finds it difficult to find Mr. Right. Then she finds someone who seems to fit all of her criteria and starts to fall for him. Will she be able to tell him how she makes a living and will he understand...

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This sort of character study is quite difficult to achieve and it s a testament to both the writing and the acting that the film accomplishes so much. Carmen is a very well-rounded character and it is very easy to see where she is coming from and to understand what she is looking for out of life. The characterization goes way beyond this, however, and all of the significant characters we encounter are similarly well drawn. This is especially true in the case of Jodie and Dylan (Brian Ackley), the man she meets and with whom she starts to develop a relationship. As with the writing, so with the acting. Again, Jace Nicole does a superb job of carrying this film and brings a real emotional depth to her character, but the strength of the cast as a whole means that her performance doesn't stand out as much as it could have done. While some of the performances are stronger than others, there are no weak performances and all of the cast members do an admirable job of bringing their characters to life. All of this results in a genuinely compassionate drama populated with engaging and sympathetic characters. As the film progresses these characters increasingly draw you into their world, capturing and holding your interest for its duration. Cookies & Cream does more than any other film I've seen to humanize the people working in the adult entertainment industry. The film moves along at quite a steady pace and without a great deal happening. It s this pacing that makes the film so effective, allowing the characters space to develop and become increasingly interesting and sympathetic. As the characters develop, the film subtly challenges many of the prejudices both positive and negative that surround the adult entertainment industry, presenting us instead with an alternative and much more realistic view of a collection of individuals trying to do the best for themselves and for each other. --Pulp Movies

We begin with an introduction to Carmen (Jace Nicole), a racially-mixed mother of an eight-year-old daughter who makes a living in the world of adult entertainment. Being an extremely attractive woman, she's able to do well in the world of pornographic movies and live webshows even if she doesn't particularly enjoy the line of work, but this comes with a price: it's damned hard to find a man who is fine with her job and who can still treat her like a woman instead of a porn star. Sure, she could quit, but why should she? She makes better money doing this than she could anywhere else, she has a daughter to take care of, and as she explains to one potential suitor, what would happen if she gave up that money for a normal life and the man then decided that he didn't want her anymore? She'd be out of a job and on her own with nobody to turn to. The storyline gets interesting when Carmen meets Dylan (Brian Ackley), a man who is perfectly fine with the fact that she already has a child and who also treats her right. The two immediately hit it off and have a couple of fantastic dates, but there's just one problem: Carmen hasn't told him what she does for her day job yet, and knowing how her previous boyfriends have reacted, she doesn't want to ruin yet another relationship by spilling the beans. Obviously, the truth will have to eventually come out, but how will her latest significant other react? As I mentioned up above, this is far from a skin flick; in fact, there isn't even a split second of nudity or simulated sex to be found throughout the running time. Sure, there are some suggestive moments, but nothing is actually shown to those of us watching at home. This shocked me, to be blunt about it, but I feel that it actually helped the film immensely. Given the storyline and the plot twists that come up, it would have been easy to slide a sex scene or a striptease into the affair (and most filmmakers would have done one or both), but in my humble opinion, doing this would have cheapened the film. Would I have liked to have seen Jace Nicole nude? Sure... any man who sees her face and body would agree that the extremely attractive descriptor wasn't a plot point made up for the movie but a cold, hard fact. However, given the heartfelt nature of the film and the emphasis on the decisions that she must make, throwing in a quick sex scene or a few glimpses of flesh would have seemed exploitative and would not have aided the film in the least. I applaud the filmmakers for wisely avoiding that path. Another thing that surprised me was the complete lack of attention paid to the obvious: here's a mixed girl dating a white guy. In most films that deal with romantic dilemmas, this would have more than likely come up once or twice in the dialogue, but in this film, it's a complete non-issue; in fact, you could have swapped out the leading lady and her child for some white folks and nothing in the film would have needed to have been changed. I was very satisfied with the decision to leave race off of the table, as I instantly expected this to come up once I saw that the main romantic interest was white. However, it's a very cliché plot point in this day and age, so the decision to focus on the characters as people instead of mixed girl and white guy was extremely satisfying. The final pieces of the puzzle that just clicked into place was Jace Nicole and, to a slightly lesser extent, Brian Ackley in the leading roles. I've always said that you can have the best story in the world, but when it comes to the drama genre, putting lackluster actors in the leading roles will absolutely kill a film. That was not the case here, and not only was Nicole great in her role, but she was actually downright perfect. --Movies Made Me


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Product details

  • Actors: Brian Ackley, Rick Borgia, Ardie Fuqua, Naama Kates, Thyais Walsh
  • Directors: Princeton Holt
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Celebrity Video Distribution
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003JMJ5U2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,341 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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