The Girl Next Door Christine Fugate
Published Feb 01, 2000Porn queen Stacy Valentine is the star of such films as My Horny Valentine, Sex Commandos, New Wave Hookers #5, and over 50 other adult films. But the truth is she really is the girl next door. A beautiful cheerleader/housewife type from Oklahoma City, Stacy would have never landed in the sex business if it hadn't been for her abusive husband who led her into the world of porn to satisfy his own sexual fantasies. That said, once she had the ball she really ran with it. Declaring numerous times how much she likes sex, and how much it would suck to be just a secretary, we see that at times, it is a career that she enjoys, and realises she is talented at. "I can give head really well. I can go down on women really well. I fuck great, I know I fuck great."
The first thing most people ask regarding a documentary about a porn queen is: do you get to see lots of sex? It's the kind of sex that leaves you numb, trying so hard in its banging and moaning that it loses all eroticism. Of course there are millions of porn fans who disagree, making Stacy Valentine one of the most popular actresses in the business. She has been recognised as "Best American Starlet" at the Hot D'or Awards at last year's adult version of the Cannes Film Festival. Sex and titillation are not the reasons to see this film. It is a rare glimpse into the life of a person that on many levels is completely unreal, yet something of a pinnacle. Who wouldn't want to make loads of money having sex with beautiful people? It sounds great, but there are myriad reasons that keep most of us out of the game aside from being ugly. The business is what is really ugly. We see what it takes to succeed. Is it the E-cup breasts? Perhaps not, and so she gets rid of those. We get to go right into the operating room and watch the scalpel exchange of an E-cup for a D-cup, or was it a double-D? (Not even Stacy was quite sure.)
This is by far the most graphic expose of the film. Then there's the fake lips, the liposuction of the thighs, and presto: new and improved fuck-machine. Some people love fake breasts, including Stacy's boyfriend Julian, and he should know, he's a porn star too. But what he doesn't like is Stacy having sex with other men - and this is most apparent during a movie in which they both star. We watch Julian as he watches Stacy fuck another guy. His face says it all, and the end is inevitable. What is also apparent is how much they both care for each other, but as love is never easy, it is even more of a slippery enigma for porn stars with multiple partners. It is amazing to watch all that Stacy goes through, the interviews with her mother, who supports her, but doesn't watch her films, her boyfriend that loves her, leaves her, (they get back together), then later gets left by her, and the transformation her body goes through all in just two years. It is a look into a world most of us will never encounter, only rent; a much deeper look into all that is seemingly shallow.