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Pleasure or Pain
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presents a 9 1/2 Weeks for the new millennium.
Victoria, a beautiful young woman just emerging in L.A. as a jewelry designer, meets
Jack, a handsome and wealthy entrepreneur. Her life changes forever
as he courts her with a combination of charm, romance and adventure that she finds irresistible. Jack
continuously prods Victoria to be more daring in their sexual
adventures....but it all becomes too much for her, and she tries to leave. And so begins a dark, downward
spiral that almost costs Victoria her sanity and even her life. She tells her story as a warning to other women who may come face-to-face with this same kind of thrilling but dangerous psychological and sexual possession.
Top Customer Reviews
What is one willing to do for love?
How far will one go?
Watch and see.
Normally, people watch these films for the physical act. You won't see much of that here (unlike other flicks, where it seemingly happens every five minutes)! Secondly, it was obvious that a decent sum of money was allocated for the actors wardrobe - and it shows! The wardrobe really enhances the scenes! Very, very stylish (see what I mean for yourself)!
The script? Decent! (again, better than most for this type of film)
Overall, I rate "Pleasure or Pain" - Four stars!
P.S., Even thought this project came out in 2012, I just learned today that this was Zalman King's last effort before his untimely passing - R.I.P., Zalman!
P.P.S., (09/08/14) I originally paid the $26.95 for this, now under $14/US. Great price for the product! Recommended!
There is an irony that this re-hash of his own ground-breaking 1986 film (that was largely responsible for putting his name on the map) proved to be King's final release prior to his death.
Like all of King's soft core ero-ductions this 'film' has slick production values and is loaded with 'attractive' individuals who are panting after one another. Several of the key set pieces from "9 1/2 Weeks" are reprised: the 'food sex' and: having the girl dress up in men's clothing gender/bender scenes in particular, and the ladies are constantly being 'commanded' to remove their underwear and 'do it' in unusual places. This film definitely would appear to be focused on female fantasies of the '50 Shades of Gray" soft dominance variety.
For me, as a male viewer, the stand-out elements were decidedly the attractiveness of the females involved in the production and their tendency to be shedding their clothing at the drop of a hat. Despite the fact that a lot of panties get discarded the camera keeps everything 'soft core' throughout, and never drops below the waist in any of the nude scenes - thus no full nakedness - ever! Likewise - the 'sex scenes' are also 'artfully' handled to keep them at a 'respectable' level that might play on TV... which IS where much of King's product ended up.
In the final analysis, despite a lot of well lit attractive female (and male) flesh on display, I found the end result to be rather un-engaging.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the lead actor who plays Jack reminded me of Michael Nader of Dynasty and All My Children (can't hide my age). I kept expecting him to say "Alexis!" The other actors - well, although their bodies were smokin', tight with great physiques - they just couldn't act with the appropriate feelings. I failed to be stimulated (err) by the sex portrayed. It looked overly choreographed as if each motion/stroke/smack had been done on a power point. I half expected in the credits to read who the lipstick co-ordinator was.
The scene in the club - was interesting. The music behind the scene seemed more sexual to me than action on the floor. By and large, a film made well, but the acting left me feeling eh.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There were some very hot scenes and story lines here but the main actress, though very beautiful and sensual, wasn't a very good one.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
The actors in this movie are not the best. They talk so slow and quiet that I could hardly follow the dialoguePublished 3 months ago by V. Orzechowski
An erotic exploration of people with distorted values. Enticing. Unfortunately for me there were no closed captions.Published 4 months ago by Stephen Scheinberg
wonderful transition to realise sex potential fantastic movie should be more of themPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer