Given the artistic limitations of low-budget soft-core, it's interesting to check out how cheesecake purveyors handle genre duties and this adventure-in-the-skin-trade handles its film noir permutations responsibly. After her ne'er-do-well spouse Jake (Andy Catano) rips off a diamond dealer to the tune of $500,000, Gina (Kirstine Carlson) quits her phone sex gig, slips Jake a Mickey Finn and skips town with the swag. Her plan: To exchange the loot for a divorce from the insanely jealous Jake. On the advice of her bodacious attorney, Annie (Orly Tepper), foxy fugitive Gina finds lodgings with stud-muffins Brian (John Gregory ll) and Paul (Michael Boisvert). Budding lawyer Brian wonders why she's traveling light, but isn't too suspicious to hop into bed with her. The more gullible Paul was once accused of murdering his fiancee, which makes Gina wonder whether she should use her feminine wiles to persuade Paul to kill Jake for her. By the time Jake arrives for a reckoning, Gina has Paul all lathered up about their future together: But is she simply spinning a spider web in which to ensnare him? Fortunately, Paul's past is sufficiently checkered that he isn't too judgmental about Gina's methods of achieving a Jake-free existence. Gina isn't so much a femme fatale as a doozy of a floozie, and only in the R-rated comfort zone of a film like this could a sleazy murder melodrama conclude with two couples paired up blissfully. Flatly directed and drably lit, the film could have used smoother production values and flashier performances. But it stays the crime drama course without resorting to tongue-in-cheek overkill and actually makes sure that every inch of skin and it's designed for maximum exposure furthers the plot.
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- Released: 1999
- Rating: R
- Review: Given the artistic limitations of low-budget soft-core, it's interesting to check out how cheesecake purveyors handle genre duties and this adventure-in-the-skin-trade handles its film noir permutations responsibly. After her ne'er-do-well spouse Jake (And… (more)