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Gordon S. Miller Written by Gordon S. Miller
Mar. 12, 2011 | 12:09 AM





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ELEKTRA LUXX

Written by Todd Karella

Elektra (Carla Gugino) is a world-famous porn star who at the top of her popularity suddenly decides to give it all up and leave the business. The news of her departure leaves her vast army of fans wondering why; at least that’s what amateur internet webcaster, Bert Rodriguez (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), decries in his disturbingly fanatical sex blogs.  The real reason behind her resignation is that she is pregnant and doesn’t want to raise her child in that kind of environment. So without any real marketable skills, Elektra decides to take her former occupation and turn those skills into a how-to sex education class for women.

But while she works towards having a normal life, she finds herself suddenly thrust into an odd situation involving an old flame. Nick Chapel (Josh Brolin) her old rock-star boyfriend, and the possible father of her baby, was found dead in an airplane bathroom. Cora (Marley Shelton), the stewardess who was having sex with him at the time of his death, shows up at her class begging her for help. Cora is filled with guilt on cheating on her own boyfriend and thinks that the best way to absolve herself is if she can get Elektra to sleep with him. In return for Elektra seducing her boyfriend, Cora will give her the song lyrics that Nick was working on and are about the former porn star.

Just the basic premise of the film should be enough to lead to numerous hilarious scenes and awkward scenarios, but unfortunately it seems to intentionally turn away from anything remotely entertaining. In fact, it’s actually broken up into three completely different stories.

One of them is about Bert as he is trying to do his live Internet blogs, but keeps getting interrupted in the middle of them by his mother, then his sister, and finally by a girl who wants to be his girlfriend. The first segment when his mother is screaming at him from upstairs warrants a few chuckles, but the repetitive nature of the scenes gets old rather quickly.

Another storyline is about Holly Rocket (Adrianne Palicki), who Elektra bumps into only briefly and mentions that she is going on a vacation with a friend. From that brief meeting a completely unrelated story about Holly and her friend, Bambi (Emmanuelle Chriqui), branches off. Bambi is trying to encourage Holly to go out with two rich men she has met and can hook up with, but all Holly can think about is sleeping with her friend.

These three different sections do nothing but detract from one another. There is no real plot development between them and they are all so superficial that you get no real characterization and therefore no real connection to any of the characters. It simply feels like they are going through the motions and that the development of the story is because that’s what the writer intended and not because of any natural character progression.

The closest comparison of what this film is like is if you’ve ever watched one of those late-night adult movies on Cinemax. The acting is poor, the storyline makes no sense and the only reason you’re watching it is so you can see the naked parts. Elektra Luxx is just like any one of those films, except you don’t get any of the good parts.


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