Portions of this review originally appeared on Fleshbot
The sly thing about The Rebelle Rousers is that it contains lines like “I’ll deal with you later, Thrill Kitten.” Like being offered one’s dream job (but you’ll have to live with your parents) or meeting your soulmate (but he/she requires a bucket of Ativan three times a day), there could be something horribly wrong with this movie but it would be impossible to tell because who wouldn’t be charmed by hearing the words “Thrill Kitten”?
But this first movie from Vivid-alt is tasty throughout.
In the high-stakes world of lingerie procurement, the problems of addiction are often overlooked. The Pin-Ups, a group of girls who require frillier and frillier underpants, are beholden to the Rebelle Rousers, the girl-gang who delivers the goods.
The movie is shot 50′s exploitation style and you half-expect Jim Backus to show up and provide counsel. Beginning with a trailer park knife fight, the movie then transitions to a girl-girl scene between gang leader Kimberly Kane and lingerie addict Nadia Styles, illustrating a kind of Stockholm Syndrome but with cunnilingus, as Styles falls in love with her oppressor.
Fetishists – and you may become one, too – will enjoy Styles’ gratuitous but joyful surf guitar strip tease that precedes her scene with Kane. Kane and Styles have a very long interlude together by porn standards, and the occasional camera shadow does little to diminish the scene’s effectiveness. Narrative-wise, it seems the two part as equals, which goes against the standard pusher/buyer relationship.
Disgruntled gang member Lexi Bardot then encounters what in other circumstances might be considered rape, but in this case is simply office protocol, at the hands of “Slim” and “Jimbo”. While the high concept with which this movie began might be breaking down, it is informative to see how lingerie gangs live.
In “The Ritual of Tiki Island”, Dragon Lily is tied up and slapped around by a master ropesmith. It really has nothing to do wth anything, but it looks pretty.
Real-life couple Angie and Devon Savage star in the next segment, “Hillbilly Swingers”. He laments her addiction to “contraband undies” and they work out their issues in their trailer. The heart-melting Mrs. Savage smiles her way through her scene, demonstrating a zest for married love that the Republicans should seriously consider for their ’08 platform and that made me think, “Hey, trailers have more space than I thought.”
Tyler Knight just edges out Devon Savage as luckiest man in the world when he hooks up with both Mysti May and Page Morgan in the next scene, “The Deliverer” (he delivers the panties for the gang). The Rebelle Rousers becomes lopsided at this point, because both this scene and the one that preceded it capture the fun of, you know, having sex on film in a way the other scenes didn’t. In this way the movie ends on an up note.
That Knight whacks himself on May’s stiletto heel and Morgan is often observed in a wide-mouth laugh is endearing. There is a lot of shouting and laughing in this scene, and, in their efforts to get at Knight, May and Morgan crawl over each other like a basket of puppies. The Porn Valley Chamber of Commerce should really use this scene as part of its promotional packet for prospective talent.
Smokin’ Mary Jane’s “The Perfect Pin-Up” is the movie’s most Taschenesque segment, and is as art-directed as a Bettie Page photo enthusiast’s dream. Mary Jane, like Nadia Styles before her, does a strip tease but unlike Styles is not joined by anyone to finish the job. Instead this segment finishes the movie, along with a dance by fetish superstar Masuimi Max over the credits.
In that Arizala introduced such an interesting plot idea, it was disappointing to see it disappear now and then, but at no point was The Rebelle Rousers not visually interesting or deturgidifying, and at some points, especially toward the end, it was a perfect piece of practical art.
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