SEDUCE ME feels like peeking into someone else's sex surrogacy counselling session. While the film initially arouses some prurient interest, even the most devoted fans of straight-to-video soft-core should soon be exclaiming, in tones of utter stupefaction, "They're not going to do it in
the Jacuzzi again, are they?"
Circumspect by nature and trapped by personal and professional routine, Charles (Nick Rafter), a middle-aged architect, finds his profession stultifying; his marriage to sexually cool Elaine (India Allen) is equally frustrating. Approached by a photographer pal to replace him on a titillating
calendar shoot, he reluctantly agrees. But Charles, egged on by gorgeous Girl Friday Jill (Elizabeth Sandifer), gets into the swing of his new hobby while Elaine attends an out-of-town business conference. Charles soon asks his favorite pin-up, Pamela (Alina Thompson), to model for his artistic
dream project. Swept away by passion, the married Lothario walks out on his wife, only to discover that Pamela prefers married men. Elaine pours herself into a low-cut dress and entertains strangers with a gusto she withheld from her hubby. Rejected by Pamela and cuckolded by Elaine, a chastened
Charles courts his estranged wife. Having learned plenty from their dual dalliances, the couple is reunited in concupiscence. Elaine returns to model for Charles's cheesecake calendar as a prelude to demonstrating what she learned during her vacation from marriage.
Films like SEDUCE ME, needless to say, are geared to horny males yearning for Victoria's Secret catalogues to spring to life in their bedrooms. Strictly in terms of allotting ample screen time to pneumatically formidable women, the film can be counted a success. However, even taking its less
than lofty ambitions into account, SEDUCE ME quickly becomes tedious. Emerging unappetizingly from this cheesecake special is the inedible hair of a plot line---when it's not getting in the way of the heavy breathing, the dreamily photographed intercourse scenes are obstructing the story. Prettily
shot in the bland, soft-core style that pervades the Playboy Channel, ultimately unerotic in its relentlessly tasteful presentation, SEDUCE ME is a non-threatening salute to pulchritude. The assorted models on display are convincing as actresses only when simulating orgasm; Rafter is at best a
gently sexy poster boy for the Seven Year Itch. Perhaps the movie will linger as a video marital aid--couples are apt to get in the mood after viewing this film, if only to prove that they can do a more interesting job than the actors on screen. (Extensive nudity, extreme profanity, sexualsituations.)
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