Only barely definable as a movie, the direct-to-video PORTFOLIO is merely an excuse to show off the world of professional fashion modeling, with models and photographers appearing as themselves.
Fledgling model Julie Wolfe tells her tale in voice-over. Raised on Long Island, she is accepted by the New York City modeling agency Elite. Wolfe disappears for awhile as model Kelly Emberg takes over the voice-over. Then it's Carol Alt's turn, as she visits her firefighter dad. The story returns
to Wolfe as she and others (including Andy Warhol and fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, who make brief uncredited appearances) watch break dancers at an informal fashion event. There are more scenes of Alt in Rome, Alt and Paulina Porizkova in Paris, and Porizkova in New York, before returning to
Wolfe partying with the other girls and getting her big dramatic scene (unconvincingly crying when told she has to cut her hair short). The movie concludes with Wolfe finding success on the catwalk.
PORTFOLIO is the missing link between direct-to-video movies and those direct-to-video collections of fictional, unconnected vignettes starring Playboy Playmates and Penthouse Pets. The latter don't pretend to be movies, and seldom bother with either framing narratives or dialogue. At least
they're usually glossy and well photographed, which can't be said for PORTFOLIO. Despite the fact that they are playing themselves, most of the models come across as awkward and wooden--particularly Wolfe, though she isn't helped by lines like, "I could hardly believe that was Carol Alt sitting
next to me!" Any hope for realism is dashed in a soft-porn scenes featuring aerobic-class models all spreading and closing their legs in some exercise regimen.
The padded cast credits for "Dancers" and "Models" include future actresses Kelly Lynch, Shari Shattuck and Maggie Jakobson a.k.a. Maggie Wheeler as non-speaking extras. (Nudity.)
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- Released: 1983
- Rating: R
- Review: Only barely definable as a movie, the direct-to-video PORTFOLIO is merely an excuse to show off the world of professional fashion modeling, with models and photographers appearing as themselves. Fledgling model Julie Wolfe tells her tale in voice-over. Ra… (more)