Love Shack (DVD Review)23 Oct, 2010 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Prebook 10/26/10; Street 11/23/10
Stars Mark Feuerstein, Ian Gomez, Christopher Boyer, Molly Hagan, Ben Shenkman, Philippe Brenninkmeyer, Amberlee Colson, Diora Baird, America Olivo.
Hollywood has had a long infatuation with the porn industry, underscored by such films as Boogie Nights, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Zack and Miri Make a Porno, The Girl Next Door, Wonderland and Rated X — the latter starring erstwhile porn aficionado Charlie Sheen.
So it makes sense the genre would be up for a clever spoof, which independent film Love Shack delivers — in spurts. As a feature-length film, however, it lacks the libido-fueled staying power of say, Women in Trouble.
The “mockumentary” opens with a series of well-edited close-ups featuring character actors reminiscing about the heady ’70s, when legendary fictional (and now deceased) adult film producer Mo Saltzman (Ian Gomez from TV’s “Cougar Town” and “Felicity”) threw wild parties at his home in the San Fernando Valley, often resulting in filmed orgies and other sexual acts.
His death prompts a reunion of sorts among a dysfunctional group of adult film actors, producers, agents and wannabe associates, including the Sphincter brothers (“Royal Pains” actors Mark Feuerstein and Michael B. Silver, who co-wrote the script), and a slew of dueling divas (Diora Bird from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, America Olivo from Bitch Slap, Katie Lohmann from “Reno 911!” and Lindsey Stoddart from “The Sarah Silverman Program,” among others).
As a tribute, the group sets out to produce the late director’s last remaining script, which was found in an abandoned steamer trunk. And so begins a rather perfunctory effort to shoot a porn film. Liberally plied with plays on words, double entendres, eye candy and related one-liners, Love Shack ends up looking more like a West L.A. production in which a group of actor friends got together to poke fun at themselves, the porn industry and its infamous history in Southern California.