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The Breakfast Club: A XXX Parody
When we first started Paracinema, I was bound and determined to include pornography in the list of genres we covered. Many of the feature length porn films from the 70s easily fit into the definition
Published on May 30, 2011 | Filed under Porn As Paracinema

When we first started Paracinema, I was bound and determined to include pornography in the list of genres we covered. Many of the feature length porn films from the 70s easily fit into the definition of ‘paracinema.’ Films like Behind the Green Door and Deep Throat are films, with a plot, that feature hardcore sex. This is something that is almost entirely absent from modern pornography. Much of what is currently being produced is meant to be consumed in clips and scenes, not as a singular entity. In this series that I’ve dubbed ‘porn as paracinema,’ I will be looking at ‘the classics,’ but I also wanted to look at some of the current offerings.

But what? What sort of films does one seek out when attempting to critique modern porn? Why, the porn parody, of course! Many of these entries are parodying genre films. How fascinating is that? When you couple the intriguing source material with the fact that a parody should come equipped with a ready made plot, well, you’ve got the perfect jumping off point.

The goal of this series is twofold: to discuss pornography that once danced on the edge of mainstream cinema and to look at what is currently available to see if it is able to offer anything in the way of, for lack of a better word, substance. So here we go! Up first, The Breakfast Club: A XXX Parody.

It’s safe to say most have see John Hughes’ The Breakfast Club. I’ve seen it more than any other Hughes film. Have you ever found yourself wishing Ally Sheedy and Emilio Estevez would just have sex already? Well, The Breakfast Club:A XXX Parody may be just for you.

Now, make no mistake about it, this is a modern porn flick. It’s got some pretty by the book sex scenes loosely strung together using the basic plot outline of The Breakfast Club: a bunch of college kids serve out detention and have sex whilst doing so. Yes, I said college. This fact is also made into a running gag throughout the film’s 2 hour plus run time. You aren’t going to get any groundbreaking acting and I don’t think you’ll ever forget you’re watching a porno. But, this entry does do some very important things right.

The attention to detail is obvious. The actual library set is impressive and really ups the ante. The costuming is on point and the casting is pretty on the nose as well. Freckle-faced Faye Reagan takes on the Ringwald role and she does look the part. The commitment of Levi Cash who plays ‘Sporto’ aka Emilio is impressive as well. He makes a bunch of Estevez-esque facial expressions which made him my favorite of the bunch.

As I mentioned above, the sex itself is pretty inconsequential and could have been from any number of movies released today. Ya know what would have been cool? If it was shot like retro, throwback, 80s porn. You know what I mean; pubic hair and panties that sit high on the hip. Oh, a girl can dream… Anyway, back to the actual sex depicted. Here, they again did some important things right. The tone of the parody was always kept in tact. The only main characters that had sex were the parodies of Nelson/Ringwald (Chad Alva/Faye Reagan) and Estevez/Sheedy (Levi Cash/Andy San Dimas). I was afraid the film would open and we would immediately find ourselves in the middle of a character orgy set in a library. Happily, that was not the case. The sex was eased into and there was a surprising amount of the performers just talking, reenacting and being the characters.

In many regards The Breakfast Club: A XXX Parody is successful. It’s faithful to the source material and more entertaining than the average porn movie. Unfortunately, many of the sex scenes are so by the book that they drag on. The parody angle is truly what elevates this entry.

New Sensations is responsible for this, and many other parody titles. Go here to check out some trailers. I really dig what they’re doing.

Thanks for checking out the first installment of the ‘porn as paracinema’ series. On deck is Behind the Green Door, The Big Lebowski: A XXX Parody and the Official Psycho Parody.

Author:
Christine enjoys obsessing over Paracinema magazine. She also loves well written hour long TV dramas. Her free time is spent with her many boyfriends: Brian De Palma, Edgar Wright & Alfred Hitchcock.

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  • http://www.goregoregirl.com Gore Gore Girl

    Yay! Well, obviously I’m excited by this new segment you’re undertaking. I’ll try not to be nitpicky! I’m glad you enjoyed this, even though I probably wouldn’t have the patience. I desperately want current releases to be *good*.

    I will say this: be sure to delve into the stuff that doesn’t get name-checked by those cruising over the surface of porn without looking down (i.e. Deep Throat, Behind the Green Door, etc). I actually like those movies, but there are many more titles that are better representative of what incredible films the X industry has created. I can’t think of an example that would suitably allegorize it, but think of a really famous and successful genre flick that you cringe at the thought of those not on the know watching and thinking “this is the pinnacle of the genre.” Know what I mean? Maybe you could say it’s like going to Great Britain but only visiting London. :)

    Anyway, I’m excited to see what you dig up!

    P.S. Enjoy Johnnie Keyes. ;)

    • http://www.paracinema.net Christine

      GGG-
      I know EXACTLY what you’re saying. That’s why I consider myself very lucky to have a great friend that is well versed in the genre! I’m still learning and quite a novice.
      I also encourage you to be nitpicky!

      Here’s hoping I don’t make too much of an ass outta myself!! :-D

  • Ashlee

    I didn’t know parody porn was so on point. There is a Cosby version out there as well. Yes, I just typed the name “Cosby”. I was afraid of it being your standard, modern porn and passed.

    But it seems from your review that this subgenre stands out because of the plot/parody qualities which I think when done well, are probably fun to watch.

    • http://www.paracinema.net Christine

      YES! I think there is a lot of room to really nail this subgenre and make it fun, entertaining and hot. But with anything else, there is a lot of room to fuck it up. I can understand your Cosby trepidation. If you do check it out, you MUST let me know what you think!

  • http://toxic-graveyard.com Uncouth

    There was a parody of Re-Animator called Re-Penetrator that came out several years ago. It was actually banned from the server space the company paid for. It violated their rules for content since it was technically necrophilia. I did see the trailer though and boy is it nasty. And not in a good way.

    • http://www.paracinema.net Christine

      Yea, that was a Burning Angel production. There was an XXXorcist parody too. I’ve never seen either, but they both looked squishy, for lack of a better adjective.

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  • http://www.paracinema.net Christine

    I agree with this statement.
    Although, I didn’t really have a thing for Nelson. If anything I was into Emilio. (This could explain the mini-crush I developed on the gentleman in this film.)
    The female casting was slightly better than the male. Probably because they had a larger pool to draw from.