With her vast expertise in boudoir undulations, one would think that Shannon Tweed, the star and associate producer of HUMAN DESIRES, could have given her writer and director some hints about cutting to the soft-core of the matter. Instead, this flick's sleuthing sputters with false
leads while its sex scenes stutter with repetitive body language.
Retired police detective Dean Thomas (Christian Noble) is asked to investigate the death of cokehead model Julia (Peggy Trentini). Drowned in a pool at a party hosted by trendy modeling agents Miles and Alicia Royale (Ashby Adams, Shannon Tweed), Julia was one of three contenders to become the
Delilah Lingerie covergirl. Roddy Daniels (Duke Stroud), Thomas's former police superior and now head of security for the Royale empire, pressures Thomas to go along with the official police verdict of suicide. However, Julia's fashion rival/pal, Zoe Taylor (Dawn Ann Billings), begs Thomas to
prove that Julia's death was a homicide.
With the assistance of homicide cop Vic (Stoney Jackson), burned-out Thomas reactivates his crimesolving skills and comes to suspect that Julia was indeed murdered. Circumstances point to Julia's discarded ex-beau/photographer, Peter Holden (G.W. Stevens), and his new flame, Melinda (Lisa Nohea),
the third potential Delilah spokesmodel. Compromising his queries by bedding Alicia Royale, Thomas rules out Melinda because she knew Julia had already won the Delilah gig (by sleeping with Miles). Zoe is furious when Thomas considers dropping the case, because she has been deliberately leading
him to suspect Melinda. In fact, ambitious Zoe and money-hungry Roddy engineered a plot in which they would kill Julia, frame Melinda, and then enjoy the profits from Zoe's Delilah Girl notoriety. At Zoe's triumphant publicity party at the Royale estate, Thomas confronts Roddy. Roddy then wounds
Thomas; Thomas shoots Roddy to death; Alicia shoots Zoe before she can kill Thomas. Alicia leaves Miles for Thomas.
HUMAN DESIRES' parade of scenes from the Kama Sutra fails to distract viewers from a plethora of plot loopholes. You're not supposed to ask intelligent questions when you're swept away by the breathless passion of the lovemakers. But HUMAN DESIRES fails even to nudge the audience into the
neighborhood of a sexual stupor. We remain alert to all of the film's irregularities at all times. Poorly integrated into the story line, the film's soft-core couplings halt the flow of the mystery; the film keeps derailing itself for flashbacks of various suspects screwing each other. You get so
tired of who's doing it, you don't care whodunit. (Graphic violence, extreme profanity, extensive nudity, sexual situations, substance abuse.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: R
- Review: With her vast expertise in boudoir undulations, one would think that Shannon Tweed, the star and associate producer of HUMAN DESIRES, could have given her writer and director some hints about cutting to the soft-core of the matter. Instead, this flick's sl… (more)