The Pamela Principle

  • 1992
  • Movie
  • R
  • Drama, Erotic

Basically an old-fashioned love triangle tricked up with a lot of nudity and sex, THE PAMELA PRINCIPLE somewhat remarkably but easily converts the torturously familiar 1940s "women's picture" into 90s sexploitation fare. In the throes of a midlife crisis, Los Angeles dress-boutique owner Carl Breeding (J.K. Dumont) falls hard for Pamela (Veronica Cash),...read more

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Basically an old-fashioned love triangle tricked up with a lot of nudity and sex, THE PAMELA PRINCIPLE somewhat remarkably but easily converts the torturously familiar 1940s "women's picture" into 90s sexploitation fare.

In the throes of a midlife crisis, Los Angeles dress-boutique owner Carl Breeding (J.K. Dumont) falls hard for Pamela (Veronica Cash), a knockout twenty-year-old model who sashays into his shop one slow afternoon. On the advice of his best friend, Eddie (Troy Donahue), Carl starts a steamy affair

and cuts loose his wife (Shelby Lane) but eventually returns to hearth and home when he finds that he can't keep pace with his much younger lover, the deciding factor being when his own son (Frank Pesce) shows up for one of her wild, all-night bacchanals.

Like the earlier direct-to-video releases from the Garroni/Hippolyte/Gernert stable (MIRROR IMAGES, SECRET GAMES, THE OTHER WOMAN, NIGHT RHYTHMS), THE PAMELA PRINCIPLE boasts a high, nearly Lutheran morality (despite all the naughty shenanigans, Carl does go back to his wife), excellent production

values, glossy no-blemishes cinematography, swank clothes and hairstyles and decent performances, with an added bonus of 60s heartthrob Troy Donahue, as well as Frank Pesce, whose true-life rags-to-riches story inspired last year's 29TH STREET. (Profanity, nudity, sexual situations.)

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  • Released: 1992
  • Rating: R
  • Review: Basically an old-fashioned love triangle tricked up with a lot of nudity and sex, THE PAMELA PRINCIPLE somewhat remarkably but easily converts the torturously familiar 1940s "women's picture" into 90s sexploitation fare. In the throes of a midlife crisis,… (more)

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