Movie: Price of Desire
An Indecent Proposal redux played out by mid-90's softcore stars, Price of Desire is a surprisingly engaging and (unsurprisingly) sexy film that actually one-ups its Hollywood predecessor not only in the skin department, but also in terms of complexity of storyline.
Whereas Indecent Proposal was a "What if?" about a solid, loving couple that has a good deal in common with most couples in the audience, Price of Desire serves up Kira Reed and Dan Frank as Monica and Mac, a pair of kinky near-swingers with an exhibitionist/voyeuristic streak that *should* permit most any kind of proposal. The pair aren't so much hurting for money - he's an formally successful actor turned voice-over artist and she dresses models for a local boutique - as they are driven to risky schemes by Mac's need to "be back on top" again, so really, they don't seem to be risking all that much when they give in to the offer of $250,000 from a casino magnate (Moe Justini) looking for a dalliance with someone like Reed.
And, to be honest, who wouldn't have ponied up serious cash or collateral for a few nights with Reed back when this picture was made? Arguably one of the best actresses ever in to do softcore, her skills also made her one of the sexiest; her love scenes often filled with what can only be described as "erotic gusto." Reed looks like she is an ecstatic trance as her (usually totally nude and all-natural) body quivers and slinks with sultry rhythm that never seems fake or rehearsed. Her chemistry with Dan Frank, Moe Justini and even Janine Lindemuler (who plays a bathroom stall lesbian with a big secret) blows the top off thermometers and even when she's not playing the vamp, Reed manages to hold attention with a natural ease before the camera that's rare even in the upper levels of Hollywood.
Price of Desire also gets some assistance in the sex and skin department from another excellent 90's softcore mainstay, Ms. Kim Yates who plays a ditzy model with relationship problems, as well as hardcore star Stephanie Swift who breaks a sweat in the aforementioned bathroom stall scene with Lindemuler. There are even more quick looks as the likes of Thena Harris, who places a slender European-looking model, and Asian hottie Delphine Pacific as Mac's former lover that's still pining for him, and surprisingly, these diversions seem to be less about filling a skin quota than actually contributing to the complexity of the story.
Price of Desire is a crowning entry in the Mystique Films catalog, and while it's rare to see the U.S. release from Image Entertainment for sale in many places, the Spanish-packages Zima release can usually be found for cheap money and offers a decent print of this gem. Recommended for those who like actual story and substance with their T&A!