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This Girl's Life (2003)

Cast: James Woods, James Woods, Juliette Marquis, more...
Director: Ash, Ash
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Hart Sharp Video
Genre: Drama
Running Time: 104 min.
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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A slice-of-life view of modern morality filtered through the eyes of a young and down-to-earth porn star, writer/director Ash's character-driven drama offers a unique perspective of the adult film industry. Moon (Juliette Marquis) is one of the most popular adult film stars around, and she finds no fault in using her sexuality as a means of profit. As she continues the process of renewing her contract, Moon's personal life remains a delicate issue due to her father's (James Woods) degeneration due to Parkinson's disease and a blind date (Kip Pardue) who remains hesitant to get close to Moon after learning of her profession. Although she makes a healthy living and sees nothing in particular wrong with her profession, Moon must ultimately reevaluate her life in order to understand what is best for both her and the people she cares most about. ~ Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Can A Porn Star Find Happiness? Guess. by talltale May 16, 2005 - 7:38 AM PDT
7 out of 8 members found this review helpful
As do many filmmakers when they decide to deal REALLY AND HONESTLY with the subject of sex, the talented single-name "Ash" comes a cropper with THIS GIRL'S LIFE. This risk-taking writer/director (1995's "Bang" and 1999's "Pups") treads territory that may not be all that new (race, youth, police, sex) but his "take" on it is always noticeably original.

Despite a charming, almost believable performance from his leading lady Juliette Marquis and (unusual, to say the least) those same adjectives applied to the performance of James Woods as her Parkinson's-felled father (my companion noted that Woods appears at times to be channeling Ruth Gordon), this movie just doesn't make it. Beginning as a look at an apparently healthy (in mind and body) young woman who is a famous Internet porn star (she truly LOVES her work), it eventually devolves into an oh-gosh-who-am-I-really? tale, as her world begins to fall apart.

As usual, with Ash's films, you are not bored. There's some funny and intelligent--not to mention hot--use of full-frontal nudity. Even so, you may find quite a bit more of the obvious and typical than expected. And, although I would not have wanted to spend more time here, 105 minutes are nowhere near enough to honestly explore (psychologically and otherwise) what's going on. More to the point, the uses to which Ash puts his 105 minutes do not pay off in any greater understanding.

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