"One more reason to skip to in-store, direct-to-video specials."
One more reason to avoid those direct-to-video, or in-store-only specials at Hollywood Video or Blockbuster: "The Pornographer."After being impressed by Miriam Parris' small role last year in "What's Cooking?," IMDb listed her as a principle character in this, and I decided to check it out, despite the lack of promise from the synopsis or title. The main focus was on a twentysomething paralegal (Michael DeGood) who lives in a world of fantastical pornography rather than the real world. ("All these rules and protocol --I'm just not good at it," or "I saw a world where girls did whatever you wanted. They wouldn't laugh at you or walk away from you, but lately something wasn't right. I wanted something different, I wanted something more.") After some complaints at a local porno store ("It was out-of-focus, with bad lighting, and the women are acting") he takes a tip and starts making his own. The real interest and source of material could have been to form the movie around a court case where the young sweet thing/discovery he coaxes into having sex with on camera (newcomer Katheryn Cain) says she was drugged so as not to have the tape distributed, instead of trying to encompass the whole gamut of the porn underworld. Needless to say that if Hollywood Video was carrying this, there is not much sex (mostly doctored breasts), but the movie is corny, silly, laughable and a waste. If it wasn't a large enough disappointment for Parris' part to turn out to a total of one scene, roughly two whole minutes on-screen, plus the flash of her in a montage and a glimpsing long shot near the end, the second-most disappointment was that the only other person who I wouldn't have minded seeing nude --Cain, did nothing of the sort-- somewhat of an irony or abstinence to follow along with the message contained within her role. Despite her warm grin, she isn't much of an actor, nor is anyone in the movie, especially the terribly miscast and over-acted DeGood. Keeping it all within the crew, Cain also co-produces, supporting actor Craig Wasson is associate-producer, and Doug Atchison makes his directorial debut, along with writing, editing and producing.Final Verdict: D.