THE MONEY SHOT

THE MONEY SHOT
3.5 Stars
Year Released: 2002
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 78 minutes
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Here we have another subject that hardly any Australian films have historically dealt with and that is the porn industry. This may very well be because Australia does not really have a porn industry (at least a readily accessible one). The subject matter was approached with plenty of humour and a little sex and bodily fluid related slapstick.

Carmen (Fiona Parker) has recently graduated from film school and her graduation gift is a video camera. A huge party is thrown to celebrate the end of her education and the beginning of her entry into the work force. Her first day of job hunting does not go as planned and she ends up back at her share house with knowledge and nowhere to hone her skill. Depressed and upset, Carmen thinks about the joke she made earlier when she told her family she was going to make porno films and decides that it not such a ridiculous idea. With the involvement of her boyfriend and their housemates they begin the hunt for performers who are willing to do porn. Plenty of rejections follow, with the only ones willing to do it lacking the required screen appeal. Things all change momentarily all thanks to the help of an experienced male performer, a sleazy drug addicted investor and two amateur female performers (one who used to be a male). So by hook or by crook the film begins production.

I really liked the porno and family elements that were mixed together which rings true. The film had some very funny moments but at times I felt the porno humour could have been a little better. Most of it was really well thought out, but at the same time some of the other material kind of had a little teenage mentality to it. All in all Anna Brownfield and Lance Petrie delivered a good film, showing how much quality can be achieved on digital video. Fiona Parker wasn’t too bad in the lead, but I felt that Peter Stefano definitely stole the show and was the strongest actor in the cast.

The film cleaned up at The Melbourne Underground Film Festival and earned a closing night slot. A revolutionary film for our repressed film industry, which I can see breaking new ground for films to come. Shot in eighteen days for $2,000. Overall it was well done but personally it was just missing a little something in the story and script department.



Posted on July 21, 2005 in Reviews by
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