Review: Deep in the Valley DVD

Deep in the Valley DVD boxSTUDIO: Vivendi | DIRECTOR: Christian Forte | CAST: Brendan Hines, Chris Pratt, Scott Caan, Denise Richards
1/19/2010 | PRICE: DVD $24.99
BONUSES: interviews, naked video commentary
SPECS: NR/R | 96 min. | Comedy | 2.35:1 widescreen | Dolby | no subtitles

RATINGS (out of 5): Movie | Audio | Video | Overall

This movie’s premise is undeniably cute: A couple of schmucks (Brendan Hines of TV’s Lie to Me, Chris Pratt of TV’s Parks and Recreation) find themselves transported via a portable peep show to an alternate universe where life plays out like a porn movie.

That’s right — we’re talking about a world filled with cheerleaders, waitresses, ambitious actresses, aroused MILFs and pizza delivery boys who spend their days and nights cavorting at sorority houses, pool parties and so on. It’s a [wet] dream come true for the boys, until they realize that the pleasure in porn is that it’s a forbidden fantasy and not the greatest guide to everyday lifestyles, particularly when it comes to finding true love.

Again, the Pleasantville meets Boogie Nights concept is a good one, as is the abundance of incidental nudity and the positive energy of such performers as Scott Caan (TV’s Hawaii Five-O) and Denise Richards (Cougars, Inc.) as Valley porn stars Rod Cannon and Autumn Bliss (who are featured alongside blink-and-you’ll-miss’em cameos by Tracy Morgan and Kim Kardashian). But the humor begins to wane at the midway point as this sexy film stumbles to a “love conquers all” conclusion.

As far as special features on the DVD, there’s no denying that the tongue-in-cheek naked video commentary by Playboy starlet Christine Nguyen was the one that piqued our interest the most.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.