A s one of the most pervasive pop cultural icons of the past one hundred years, Star Wars has o ered up ripe material for all kinds of mockery. One of those, inevitably, was the time-honoured porn parody. The rst wave of parody pornography arrived in the s when American obscenity laws had softened to the point where major cities were able to screen feature length erotica such as Deep Throat, Debbie Does Dallas and The Devil in Miss Jones.
The landscape of pornography, which was once hidden away behind closed doors, was suddenly out in the open. While the majority of audiences were still wary to be associated with an industry tied to the counterculture and, often, the Ma a, those sitting on the fence appeared to nd pornography wrapped up in a light comedy narrative more socially acceptable.
Since then, there have been at least two major waves of popularity for the porn parody, each one imbued with increased sophistication. In an industry currently competing with endless stores of gratis online pornography, a well-made porn parody of a popular television series or movie has proven to be lucrative.
Companies like X-Play focus on parodying pop culture that has cross-generational appeal. Products like Star Wars and The Brady Bunch were able to connect with as wide an audience as possible. The high production values of some of these films have meant that most DVDs are bundled with alternative versions with the adult sections edited out so that home viewers can enjoy the parody without the sex.
The appeal of porn parodies for a wide audience satis es two impulses: it indulges in a fantasy of having your favourite characters get it on and it also engages with pornography as a group experience. Comedy, horror and pornography have long occupied a similar space in the cinematic landscape where they reach for visceral reactions. Where fear and laughter are socially sanctioned, arousal is not. Matching pornography with comedy means laughter overrides the most uncomfortable elements associated with sexual desire.
Offsetting the real implications of wanting to watch pornography, it allows viewers to dip their toes in titillation without the shame of admitting they want to get off. More so than any other sub-genre of pornography, the parody occupies the most accepted space in the mainstream. Aside from other obvious gimmicks, it might be the only kind of pornography that is regularly reviewed by the mainstream press. Focused as much on comedy as sex, she unveils the curious appeal of the genre. Who watches them?
I wanna have you in my tummy. Over the past few decades, pornography has only increased its presence in cultural and social circles. It does, however, remain a solitary and uncritical enterprise.
Porn parodies which bridge the gap between gratification and entertainment might actually offer an opening for critical engagement with pornography. In pornography and beyond, issues of desire and sexuality still seem glossed over, in particular in terms of aesthetics and thematic implication.
As these filmmakers themselves strive to create better products, some of which are presented sans sex, this should be seen as a challenge to critics to follow suit and flex their sexual imagination in writing about eroticism on screen. In the lm, three sparkle covered Star Babes are sent to Planet Phallus where they need to recover some secret plans and prevent an alien takeover of planet earth. Very tangentially a parody of Star Wars, the movie does feature a Darth Vader costume, a stormtrooper mask and a cantina scene.
Neither funny nor particularly sexy. Extreme close-ups that completely abstract the body parts and actions they portray seem like a bizarre relic of the avant-garde rather than an erotic impulse. With a mercifully short running time, this parody is a great document more than a great film.
Sex Wars is perhaps the most famous of the first wave of Star Wars parody films. Made just a few years after the release of Return of the Jedi, it arrived during the perfect storm of most SW superfans hitting early adulthood with the newfound accessibility of the VHS tape. Running up against what will become a major problem in most of these parody films, the movie splits the role of Leia over several women, making up for the gender disparity of the original series.
Familiar as both pornography and parody, the movie has recognisable Star Wars iconography such as Admiral Ackbar and the crawling text that goes on and on and on. Remarkably, the film does have some expressionistic edges, including a blowjob intercut with a percolating volcano. This seems to be more of a riff on Spaceballs than Star Wars, which make it a porn parody of a parody. Running at nearly three hours, the film features not only a whole lot more sex than the other films, but far more plot as well. Fitting in as many sex jokes as possible this is episode 69 and is centred on a ball-shaped chin Palpatine knock-off and Princess Hubaba , the combined running time of all the sex scenes eclipse the two previous parodies combined.
The sex scenes often seem dropped in rather than integrated, and, inexplicably. Hardly great cinema, this one is fun, though way too bogged down with lifeless and uninspired grinding. With ritzier production values than most mids parody films, Star Wars XXX manages to transcend pornography. Rather than just rely on cheap gags and heavy winks, the movie imagines a Star Wars universe where the characters have real erotic desires and it builds off that premise.
With a charming script and decent-to-good performances, Star Wars XXX is emblematic of the porn parody as a communal experience. Salacious enough to be exciting and commendably fast paced, the film appeals directly to fans and also operates as a diversionary social experience. Big thumbs up. Tags: George Lucas Star Wars. Robert Eggers is prepping his next film, a 10th-century Viking epic. Parasite review — Tense, funny, often brutal social satire. An unreleased George A Romero film addresses the effects of ageism.
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