Only techno music superstar Moby could produce a porn comedy that
makes you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside, as opposed to
hot and sticky on the outside. Even he himself calls Alien
Sex Party (formally titled Porn) the most wholesome
porno-comedy ever made, which is largely true because there isn't
one single sex scene in the entire film. That is unless you count
the five seconds of footage showing two kitty cats getting their
groove on, a sex scene. Alien Sex Party is harmless,
cute, and full of crazy characters. Think of it as Clerks
in an adult video store, because that's exactly what this movie
is. In fact, director Paul Yates goes out of his way to make sure
we all know this movie is similar to Clerks by having a
fake cameo of Kevin Smith as Silent Bob, and a jaunt into the
immortal convenience store where Dante (Brian O'Halloran) from Clerks
is working behind the counter. The convenience store scene even
switches to black and white so there's no mistaking the
Like Clerks, there is really nothing here that can be
called a plot. It's the day before Christmas, and Joe (Joe Smith)
must tend to his newly inherited adult video store. Joe is
terrified of his own merchandise, but must make the best of it
ever since his sister died, leaving him the legal guardian
of her 18-year-old daughter Grace (Grace Creech). The movie
follows the day-to-day events of the store leading up to the
appearance of the well-known porn star Dyanna Lauren who is
coming for a late night autograph and movie signing session. We
get to meet interesting characters like the store clerk Tina
(Tina Carlucci) , whose sexual promiscuity causes controversy and
heated debates with her ex-boyfriend Adam (Adam Sarner). We also
meet two singing gay bodyguards who were hired for the guest
signing, as well as some nerdy porn obsessed Trekkies, and
countless other freaks that enter the store for some much needed
KY Jelly. We meet a sexually frustrated suicide bomber who tries
to take out the store because he can't become aroused, and a late
night traveler who is in desperate need of non-pornographic
Christmas gifts for his family.
Much of the script is centered on dialogue, so there's a lot of
talking, but not nearly as much as in Clerks. This is a
good thing because the jokes and punch lines are not nearly as
witty as what's found in Kevin Smith's cult classic. Although the
conversations in this move are funny, they're not for the faint
hearted or conservative. Some of the topics include; the best way
to give oral sex, having sex with animals, family incest isn't
that bad, and how much money would you want in order to have sex
with William Shatner. Though the conversations end up being much
more lighthearted than you might first imagine, they are still
intended for adults, so children should not be allowed to watch
this movie. As in Clerks, the acting is wooden and
lifeless, but that adds to its underground charm. Even though the
acting is weak, this isn't a movie where you'll find yourself
saying afterwards, "man those actors were horrible"
mainly because the content is so funny.
It may come to no surprise that the music is fantastic as this is
a Moby production. There are about three songs that will
instantly become engraved in your memory, which may or may not be
a good thing. Such as the extremely catchy tune of "You Can
Have Sex With Anything You Want." But the musical laughs
don't stop with the end of the movie, because in the special
features section you can access several hilarious music videos
that were created by Moby and his several aliases. My favorite
was the German techno song "Schaumgummi" which has
something to do with loving marshmallows. Funny stuff.
This is a move you'll either love or hate. If you liked Clerks,
then you'll most likely like this porno take on the same premise.
If you cringe at the sight or sound of certain sexual pleasing
devices, then this movie is definitely not for you. But I will
say one thing, seeing Moby make a cameo appearance wearing a
certain rubber prosthetic cap is absolutely priceless and worth
the price of admission right there.
Alien Sex Party is presented in 1.33:1 full screen. This
is probably the worst looking DVD I've ever seen. But given its
almost assured shoestring budget, I'm not surprised. Pixelation
is the biggest foe here, and man is it bad. You can practically
count every pixel on the screen during certain scenes. The
picture is also extremely grainy and scratchy. To get a taste of
the picture quality, all you have to do is look at the back cover
of the box and look at the still screenshots. That pretty much
depicts an accurate glimpse of what the film looks like. But hey,
it's a cheap movie about a porn store, so you can't expect too
much out of it right?
I was surprised to see that this movie came with a Dolby Digital
5.1 audio track. It's almost kind of a waste since most of the
movie is composed of dialogue, but it does come in handy when the
music kicks in. Naturally most of the audio stays up at the front
three speakers, but the surrounds do get some attention for the
many musical numbers. But I still didn't hear much of a
difference between the 2.0 track and 5.1 tracks, so the 5.1 track
really isn't as necessary as you might think. Dialogue can be
heard easily most, but not all of the time. And the dialogue
during the making of featurette in the special features section
is atrociously hard to hear. But granted, it was still a huge
improvement over the video transfer, so that's a positive.
For a low budget independent release, Alien Sex Party
actually has some fun extra features included with it, along with
three Easter eggs that can be discovered in at least two
different ways. Let's begin.
Director Commentary: This commentary is given by
director/cinemetographer Paul Yates and actress Tina Carlucci.
They cover a lot of the same topics in the Making of "Plain
Brown Wrapper" featurette, and don't do as many scene by scene
breakdowns as I like to see, but it was interesting
Bonus audio & slideshow: This feature allows
you to listen to all the wonderful songs featured throughout the
movie via a slow moving slideshow of behind the scene movie
stills. Being able to choose which song you want to hear is a
nice touch, but the limited slide show makes for some boring
watching. They should have included more varying slides to
include for the visual element of this special feature.
Making of "Plain Brown Wrapper": This
is basically a making-of featurette for Alien Sex Party.
This is the oddest making-of segment I've ever seen. The editing
is all over the place as it makes bizarre jumps from one subject
to the next, and back again to the last, but never finishing a
conversation. The interviews with the actors are also strange.
For instance director Paul Yates does a majority of his talking
in the bubble filled bathtub then moves on to shaving, and Tina
Carlucci is lying on the ground around sprawled Christmas lights
in an American Beauty sort of way. The information is
interesting but it does a lot of double coverage of what was
already said in the director commentary. But I liked its weird
fresh look, despite the fact that the audio was very hard to hear
"Space Water Onion" by Paul Yates: This
is an early short film by Paul Yates. He made this film in
remembrance of his friends who drowned. The film is very artistic
and strange. Shot entirely with scratchy black and white film and
no audio, the movie pulls off a freaky Hitchcock style of
scariness. The visuals are interesting on their own, but when
they're joined with Moby's hypnotic score, it really takes on new
meaning. Along with his music, Moby offers a small acting role in
the films as well.
Music Videos: Here are several music videos made
by Moby and friends. All of these are hilarious and worth a look.
Some are so funny and catchy, they'll probably get frequent
views, like the Germaneque "Schaumgummi" that is as
funny to watch as it is to hear.
Easter eggs: With one quick run-through of the
menus, I was able to find three Easter eggs. The first can be
found on the main menu on the "24" calendar page posted
on the back wall. Here you'll "Gerenuim 1986." This is
another short film by Paul Yates that looks a lot like
"Space Water Onion" in terms of presentation and feel.
The second Easter egg can be found in the music videos menu on
the tip of Moby's rubber hat. This is a very short interview
sequence where Moby describes a weird dream of his.
The third Easter egg can be found on the Bonus Audio menu on the
"24" on the back wall. The feature is called
"Shopwell: Live at the Yale Lock Factory Building
1987." This is a really strange early video make by Yates
and his friends. Moby, along with everyone else, makes a lasting
impression by smacking metal drums and various objects like
strung out drug addicts on the roof of a building. The piece is
extremely bizarre, and ends with a high-speed Moby going
"pee pee" in the toilet. Odd, but strangely funny.
Just letting other features run their course after they're done
can also access the Easter eggs. This could be a design flaw in
the DVD, and might confuse those who were not expecting it to be
there. They would then most likely be annoyed when they couldn't
find it again when they actually went looking for it the second
I liked this movie. It may not be as witty or groundbreaking as Clerks,
but it has unusual charm that's all its own. If you can stand to
see and hear conversations about the mass content that is found
in an adult video store, than you should check this movie out.
The abnormal collection of special features is also a selling
point since it will either make you laugh out loud or scratch
your head in bewilderment. Recommended