Tuesday, December 13, 2011

9 TO 5: DAYS IN PORN (2008)

If I ever made a porn, I would block it EXACTLY like this.
AKA the post that will finally make me alter my content settings.  I've been on a porn kick lately.  I read Ron Jeremy's book (there totally is one!) and Legs McNeil's pretty great The Other Hollywood, among others.  It's fun to learn about such a seedy and poorly-understood industry & it's depressing to learn that it's often exactly what you'd expect.  Abused or neglected girls with problems, creepy exploiters, low porn-industry self-esteem or raincoat-and-cigar sleaze.  9 TO 5 shows you a lot of that, too, but the delivery is a a bit more graceful and successful than many similar efforts.  


The doc selects a very varied group of subjects and jumps us all around their lives, an approach that recalls The Other Hollywood & Qbert and yields all sorts of benefits—I'd be skeeved out or gutted with sadness if I spent too much time with some of these folks, but pirouetting from couple Audrey Hollander & Otto Bauer to working-stiff-porn-agent Mark Spiegler to the charismatic Roxy Deville makes it easier to digest the whole.  


The filmmakers focus on pairs in a lot of instances—Belladonna and her husband, Euros Lucie and Tom, Audrey & Otto, Sasha Grey and her boyfriend, and sisters Mia & Ava Rose.  It's intriguing and educational to see how far from healthy these connections land, but it's difficult to measure the extent to which porn is responsible.  A good modern liberal would probably scoff at some fat schlub's insistence that couples are just the way we're meant to be, but I'm sure it probably doesn't help your trust issues to see your boyfriend sodomizing your best friend by a dishwasher.  Then again, maybe there's a golden mean between mating like Pentecostals and trying to out-orgy Rome.


But keep in mind that the porn business is all business.  One of the truest things that 9 TO 5 teaches is that porn has very little to do with real-life sexuality and contact.  It's highly doubtful that Audrey Hollander would be undergoing frosting enemas (or something...I was kind of covering my eyes with a sheet at this point) unless there was an enema gap in the free market.  The porn business is an adjunct limb of show business and is just as callous and bottom-line-eyed, despite dealing in flesh and fluids instead of cute robots and shit.  

Guess what: I don't even like porn (softcore/Skinemax material is a different story) and had no idea who 90% of these people were, but I still found 9 TO 5 to be a fine viewing experience.  If you're at all interested in the subject, I'd start here and then move onto the porn section of your local library to conduct further research.  I can't wait to see the Google keyword traffic patterns for this one!

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