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Bad Wives

Vivid / Year: 1997 / 3.23 out of 5
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They did a bad, bad thing!

By: Spooky
In-House Review - Jul 07 2000

BAD WIVES is such a fine piece of work from director Paul Thomas that it is surprising that a sequel of some sorts was never made. From beginning to end, it is never the movie you think it is going to be, and as a result, it kept my interest all the way through. The acting is top rate as well, and even though the last twenty minutes of the film contain no sex at all, you really don't care because you have become invested in the characters and want to know what happens.

The movie opens with a hot scene between Tony Tedeschi and a woman we will later learn is his secretary, played by Tricia Deveraux. She looks pretty hot in a pair of white thigh highs as Tony does her on top of his desk. The scene ends with a hot facial all over her mouth and lips. All this, and the credits have yet to finish! It's a great start to a pretty good movie.

Dyanna Lauren stars as a housewife who seems unhappy with her marriage and with her life. We first see her in a grocery store, and she impulsively opens a bag of cookies, gobbles a few down and puts some more down her shirt for later. One of the store clerks, played by Steven St. Croix points out to her that he saw her steal the cookies. Dyanna denies it, but already we see that there is some kind of chemistry between the two.

Back at home, Dyanna is celebrating her 36th birthday with her husband, played by Jon Dough, and their best friends, played by Melissa Hill and Tony Tedeschi. Dyanna and Melissa wind up back at the store, where Dyanna gets caught eating cookies again. This time, Steven announces the crime over the store's speakers, and the two girls flee in shame. But Melissa has taken a good, long look at Steven, and she later fantasizes about being with him. Melissa's fantasy also includes the other store clerk, played by Stephanie Swift. There is just something about Ms. Swift and her glasses that really turn me on. If she doesn't have them on in a scene, it may or may not impress me. However, every time I see her doing a guy (especially oral) with her glasses on, she comes across as incredibly hot. Perhaps it is the innocent girl look she gives off! Anyway, after Melissa watches the two for a while, she joins in for a hot three way.

Back in reality, we jump back and forth between a scene with Dyanna and Jon and another with Melissa and Tony. After each pair is finished, we find out that Tony doesn't want to have sex with Melissa anymore, and Dyanna thinks Jon is a royal screw-up (although we're never really sure what he does that ticks her off so much). Melissa can't figure out why Tony is so uninterested in her, but she finds out the next day when she catches him eating out Tricia in his office. What she doesn't catch before she storms out of the building is that Missy is there too, masturbating and eventually joining in. Tricia gets a little anal in this scene, and Missy licks Tony's ass while he jerks off.

Dyanna, meanwhile, is finally starting to give into her fantasies and goes to see Steven. They wind up back at his place, and Dyanna jumps up on his pool table, spreads her legs, and pulls Steven's head to her crotch. After a little of that, it's into the bedroom for a blowjob. She doesn't get the chance to finish though, because she hears a noise and realizes someone else is in the apartment.

That's where things get interesting, as we find out who the guest is, a little more about Steven and what path the movie is headed down. Just in case you haven't gotten the chance to see this title yet, I do not dare give away the rest of the movie. I will only say that you will get one more hot scene involving three participants and a resolution to these girls' desires and problems.

The only real criticism I have about this DVD is that the audio tended to be low, especially during the non-sex scenes. I really had to crank the volume a bit to get it into audible tones. The video quality is standard for a VIVID release...in other words, just about average. Those familiar with VIVID titles will also be aware of the features which, while numerous, have little to do with the film.

The acting and directing in this film are above par, and Dyanna Lauren just looks fantastic...sporting some really nice outfits that show off her fantastic legs. This movie would be a great introduction to newcomers who are curious about adult films, especially couples who are looking for something they can view together, as the film provides themes both sexes should find interesting. It is definitely a film that belongs in the collection of all adult film fans.

3.25 out of 5
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Dyanna Lauren may have displaced Jenna in my heart!

By: 8" Critic
In-House Review - May 09 1998

Commentary: This is an amazing movie. AVN awarded this film 
Movie of the Year: 1997, Best Director: Paul Thomas, Best Actress: Dyanna
Lauren and Best Actor: Steven St. Croix. They also awarded the film a "Perfect
10". Quite the impressive recommendation from AVN, but what has The 8"
Critic to say????? Well, I'd say I come real close to concurring with AVN!
Dyanna Lauren is an absolute dynamo. What a body, what a goddess. She does
a fine job acting throughout the movie and the film pulls off an enticing
story line. Let me say this: The story itself, is quite bizarre. I don't
want to give it away, but I do encourage you to watch the entire movie
through to the end. It has some really interesting twists and turns.

    The first few minutes of this flick set up the story,
the "cream-filled" center loads up on sex, and the big finale is quite
intense from a story line perspective. The sex? How's the sex? The sex
in this movie is really, really gripping. All of the scenes leave you with
the feeling that these folks were having one hell of a time at the office!
It is all very believable, and everyone looks like they are TOTALLY into
what they are doing. Some of Melissa Hill's facial expression are a roar!
She had to be having a good time to have her eyes rolling around the way
they were!  Also, watch for one of the lovelies to remove her glasses
so she can take a bit of chowder in her eye! Next time wear your safety
goggles! (I will warn you that one scene in particular is a bit rough
and may turn some folks off. But it is really key to the story line.)


    The effects and music in the film were also great,
though in 2 channel. The performers were all quite vocal, and the wide
variety of music used throughout the film, from a heartbeat, to a violin,
to thrash-techo-punk (?) really helped set the mood, and keep the viewer
glued to the tube. You really get tense watching this movie (Yes, I mean
from an emotional standpoint as well. )


From a DVD perspective: Picture quality was good, better than
many I have seen. This is a shot on film movie, and the crispness of the
detail tells me that a lot of work went into setting up every shot. 
No problems with artifact, just that little pause that occurs with multi-angle
scene transitions. Did I say multi-angle? I counted no less than 26 times
that my little camera icon popped onto the screen. I encourage you to explore
all of the angles, some are really outstanding. Sound quality was acceptable,
though as I mentioned above, in 2 channel. The extras were good. Kobe,
again does a fantastic job in Kobe's World, and the picture quality of
that feature is superb. Once again, I will say that perhaps the finest
feature was the Vivid girl bios. It involves multiple image screens with
video, stills, and text graphics, all to a great bit of background music.
This is much like the one I mention in the  Debbie
Does Dallas: The Next Generation review that appears elsewhere on the
site. Another great feature occurs at the very beginning of the movie After
the DVD loads, there comes a fairly lengthy feature that shows all of the
Vivid girls commenting on why they love to be Vivid Girls! This is set
to great music, and shows the girls in some intense scenes! My biggest
disappointment in the disc was the fact that there was no directors commentary
as was listed on the cover. I thought this was going to be a tremendous
feature! Also missing was the AVN Awards footage that was mentioned. Perhaps
I missed it? I don't think so, but please drop me an e-mail if you have
seen this on your disc. Finally, during the Int. Tel. Sex. feature, I noticed
a slight error. Instead of returning to the menu at the end of a scene,
it immediately dropped me into the preview of Where The Boy's Aren't #9.
It got to be a bit of a pain.


Overall, I'll let the stars do the talking, but
add a bit for the fact that this movie was done very artistically, and
the story is really imaginative! You know, you also can't forget the intangibles
....... Dyanna Lauren may have displaced Jenna in my heart!

4 out of 5
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Desperate Housewives gone XXX

By: RickyG
Customer Review - Jan 12 2007

I was very pleased overall with this fine adult film. The story was pretty good, the acting was above-average for an adult film, and the sex was hot. The actresses (led by Dyanna Lauren) were all smoking-hot, and were dressed in normal everyday attire which made things even hotter. The movie also stars Melissa Hill, who is now one of my favorites after seeing her for the first time...beautiful! If you want an idea of what the film is about, think Desperate Housewives, only a hell of a lot more erotic, and probably better acting (I have never seen the actual show). The woman are for the most part a little older than normal porn stars (maybe 30's instead of early 20's), but they were as smoking as anyone! The sex was fairly normal stuff, but the actresses got into it, and it was an overall very enjoyable experience.

3.5 out of 5
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It was okay

By: I for an I
Customer Review - Oct 23 2002

This was my first porn on DVD, so I am pretty biased. I thought it was great when I bought it. I didn't get tired of it until I found out about Private movies. Once in a while, though, I would still find some use for this DVD. The chicks here are comparable to those hot European chicks from Private.

2.5 out of 5
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Good movie, bad DVD

By: andyblake
Customer Review - Jan 29 2001

There was an excellent film called "Bad Wives" directed by Paul Thomas for Vivid, and featuring the incredibly beautiful Dyanna Lauren and Melissa Hill. Unfortunately, that movie is not available on DVD. The DVD that Vivid is marketing under the name of "Bad Wives" has been cut to ribbons. It should really be called "Outtakes from Bad Wives." Comparing the VHS version with the DVD, I counted over 20 separate cuts, some of them lengthy. We're not talking just cutting out dialogue, we're talking cutting out parts of the sex scenes, including some of the best parts. The best scene is between Jon Dough and Dyanna Lauren, taking place on a stairway. Large chunks of it have been excised. Even the final three-way between Steven St. Croix, Melissa Hill, and Dyanna Lauren, which should have been sacrosanct if no other scene was, had cuts in it. As presented in the DVD, the plot makes no sense whatsoever, whereas in the video, there is at least an adequate plot. I now know why other highly touted Vivid films I have seen only on DVD, such as "Bobby Sox" and "Beautiful", make no sense at all. I was beginning to wonder if Vivid had bought up all the critics. I now know that when you buy a Vivid DVD product, you are not going to see the whole movie, or even close to it. Vivid prides itself on its extras, mostly worthless bells and whistles like the abysmal "multiple angle" feature. But, far from adding value, the extras actually detract from the value of the DVD if they come at the expense of video or audio quality or, most basically, seeing the whole film as originally edited.

3.25 out of 5
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Bad Wives

By: Bazdol
Customer Review - Apr 18 2000

I learned from getting the DVD of Masseuese 3 that one has to be carefull in buying DVDs that have been transferred from the original VHS version. As was true of Masseuese 3, this one has about twenty minutes less running time.

I have become an avid Melissa Hill fan and this film supports my decision. She clearly enjoys sex on camera but pretty much sticks to straight sex, i.e., face-to-face fucking and great blow jobs. She has no noticeable tatoos and represents the healthier aspects of the porno film industry's output in my opinion.

Tony Tedeschi, on the other hand, is a peformer I have come to avoid. I find his brand of rough sex distasteful (it does not have to be) and unduly gross. The man seems to have a rougher than most time ejaculating and for all his posturing, grunting, groaning, and panting, the usual output is just a few drops. As a man, I find him painful to watch. I fast forwarded through his opening scene in this film although the type of character he represnts was essential to the plot (I would have chosen another actor).

2.75 out of 5
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good film but terrible sound quality

By: jj
Customer Review - Feb 08 2000

This film is not what it's hyped up to be. It's got some decent scenes and features, but it definitely lacks the sound quality to make it a good film. It's annoying when you have to turn up the volume in some scene and turn it down--unless you don't care what your neighbors think! Overall I think it's a decent film but not one of the greatest that I've seen, certainly not in the top 5.

3 out of 5
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Butchered classic..

By: Death Incarnate
Customer Review - Jan 22 2000

Even though I am not a big fan of Paul Thomas,
I agree that this is probably his best film..
but look what Vivid have done to the DVD version!
The original running time of 140+ minutes has been brought to 73 min. (as it always is), not only have large chunks of plot been excised (sometimes in the middle of a sentence!) but the sex has been strangely reassembled to allow for the (fake) 'multiple angles' which are in fact nothing but parts of the scene edited together and viewable at the same time. The rythm of the flick is of course destroyed by this.
Picture quality and especially the sound (near inaudible at times) could be a lot better too.

I guess you'll be better of with the VHS version, honestly. Oh, the extras are all right, though. There's a cool extra scene with Nikki Dial somewhere and you get lots of previews. But finally this doesn't help the movie...

3 out of 5
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Picture quality needs work

By: Diesel
Customer Review - Jun 21 1999

A great porno movie, but VIVID needs to work on improving their DVD transfers. The pixellization and digital artifacts are distracting as hell and greatly degrade one's enjoyment of the movie. Also,the multiple angle gimmicks have got to go.

4 out of 5
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Hollywood Quality/Beautiful women

By: Sir Bob
Customer Review - Feb 07 1999

Before Video tapes, adult movies tried to be like Hollywood productions. Bad Wives is a return to movie quality productions and scripts.


This movie has a plot with great scenes, beautiful women with perfect makeup and hot-hot sex. You are drawn into the charracters and
start to care about them. The actors do more than take their pants off. They act in everyday scenes that lead into fantasy in
a believable way. There is some darkness/frustration which makes the file more believable.

The multi-angle feature allow you to focus on the actors faces, or watch the "body parts". The production quality is some of the
best I have seen in a long while.

3.5 out of 5
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Careful. Very good not great.

By: ConsumerEye
Customer Review - Jan 20 1999

I watched the opening scene with great anticipation due to all of the hype by AVN. I must say that the sex begins right away and there is lots of it and it is very hot. But, the editing is very bad. For example, in one scene, Tony Tedeschi is taking on two girls at once. After fucking one in the ass for about 8 minutes, he takes the other while she is sitting on the desk. This transition is great and I think we are about to see another great performance, but only 6 seconds are shown before switching to a double blowjob.

Another problem is the audio. For a pretty good movie with a strange but interesting plot, the audio is terrible. There are lines that are impossible to hear unless the sound is turned way up and the moaning and groaning, we all like so much, is out of sync and very unenthusiastic in, not all but, many cases.

I like the movie quite a bit but I would nit shower it with praise as AVN has done. I will agree that Dyanna Lauren and Steven St. Croix do show some great acting skills. This is a very redeeming quality.

As for the extras, there were lots, as VIVID is known for. But, I felt that thespace used for the Playroom Game would have been better used with more of the Movie.

The animated Girls of Vivid Bios were great too. I found myself watching that twice to catch all of the info and it was very well done as was the animated chapter search.

All in all, I am glad to own the movie but will not watch it as much as I do others in the collection.

2.25 out of 5
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Greatly overrated by the AVN awards...

By: Didi
Customer Review - Aug 21 1998

Forget the special features of the disc. You will only want to view them once. The girl with the 'cybersuit' is ridiculous.
The sound is very bad, the picture is clear, but not perfectly sharp.
The movie itself is quite good, but has no really extraordinary kinky sexscenes.
Overall I was kind of disappointed. Liked Taboo17 much more in terms of quality + content.

3.75 out of 5
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Awesome movie, however I noticed the audio on it was amateur at best.

By: John Lewis
Customer Review - May 09 1998

Some of the best adult cinematography with some hot stars. The audio on it had much noise on it and it seemed as though they could have done a better job if they had hid the microphones up the women's skirts.

3.25 out of 5
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BAD WIVES

By: Roger T. Pipe
Industry Review - Feb 17 1999

BAD WIVES
135 Mins.
Vivid- 1997
DIR: Paul Thomas
STARS: Dyanna Lauren, Tricia Deveraux, Melissa Hill, Missy, Steven St. Croix, Tony Tedeschi and Jon Dough.
THEMES: Cheating, Plot.
OVERALL RATING: 9+
REVIEW:
I've seen this film touted in other sources as the best of the year, so when I picked it up, my expectations were high. With all the criticism Paul Thomas gets on the net (As opposed to the massive ass kissing he gets in AVN), it is easy to forget that once in a while he really hits one on the screws and gives us something really great to enjoy.

Things start out quickly, with sexy Tricia Deveraux stripping down to her thigh highs and heels for Tony Tedeschi. I have got a major hard on for Tricia and she looks fabulous here as the object of Tony's lust. Her oral skills are second to none and it is perfectly captured. Tony mounts her from behind on the desktop, obviously fulfilling many of the fantasies he has been having all day at work. She whips off her glasses to take a big load of liquid love on her face.

As we open on a nice suburban grocery store, one of the wives from the title, Dyanna Lauren, shows her bad side by downing a few cookies when she thinks no one is looking. While this certainly doesn't make her all that bad in my book, the undercurrents of rebellion are flowing heavily in the beautiful blonde. Later, as she sits around a pool with friends Melissa Hill, Tedeschi and Jon Dough, Dyanna lets her mind wander. You see, she is feeling a little old and fearing her own mortality.

Things get very strange for a long while here. Reader's Digest version is that Melissa and Dyanna are both feeling a little restricted and need to go out and stir things up. The mysterious bag boy at the grocery store, Steven St. Croix catches them with the cookies again and this time seems to have more in store than a bit of humiliation for the two wives. Melissa has a vivid fantasy of herself watching the mysterious man fuck young counter girl Stephanie Swift while the respectable married lady fingers her pussy furiously. As sexy as Steph is, Melissa is just too tempting over in the corner and she is dragged into the action. Melissa is absolutely perfect here, sucking cock with the sort of wild desperation befitting her character. There are so many reasons I love this woman, her looks, her sexual heat and her ability to always light up the screen. It takes an incredible performance to reduce Steph to window dressing, but that is exactly what Ms. Hill is able to do. This is a scorching sex scene, with two hot women (And count them, four natural breasts at once.) Steven holds out as long as he can before exploding onto Steph's face, leaving her with cum dripping from her chin as she rubs his shrinking cock all over her face.

Dyanna has been effected as well it seems. She lies in her bed at night, rubbing her pussy until her dreams get the best of her. She wanders downstairs where the busty blonde dances naked in the living room until Dough wanders out to see what is going on. Then Dyanna taunts him by sticking her wonderful ass high in the air and finger fucking her tight asshole while rubbing her pussy. At the same time, Melissa is similarly involved in her own self loving tease fest. Their husbands seem to finally get the clue and give their wives what they long for, a healthy dose of cock. Dyanna really goes nuts, sucking Jon through the slats in the stairwell in a wonderfully shot, totally hot blowjob scene. She gets him so excited, that he nearly throws her down to the couch where he can get easy access to her dripping slit. Someone must have forgotten to tell Ms. Lauren that Vivid girls are not supposed to be this into their sex.

Melissa, never to be confused with the typical Vivid girl, is all over Tedeschi in seconds. Her cocksucking is absolutely out of this world as she mouths his meat like a woman possessed. Generally, I hate switching back and forth between scenes, but since both pairings are so outstanding, it almost makes up for it here. I've never seen this much fire in Dyanna and her dirty dialog rivals porn's filthiest mouths. After a great standing fuck on the stairs, Jon drops a big jizz bomb right into the mouth of one of porn's pretties ladies. Not content with the usual grind, she makes him lick her pussy until she can cum.

Meanwhile Tony is busy stuffing Melissa's muffin in another excellent standing doggy fuck. He just shoves her against the wall and fucks the shit out of her. Of course, the way Melissa arches her sexy ass is nearly beyond description. After she rides his cock for a while, Ms. Hill slips down from his lap and uses her tongue as a sexy invitation for Tony to jerk off right into her mouth. Big props to Thomas for a good facial and an even better post pop linger as she sucks his shrinking cock clean.

Things are not all happy even after these little sexual adventures. Melissa is admitting her deep desire to suck the bag boy's cock, and gets herself a whole new wardrobe of slutty outfits. (Which she thankfully tires on one at time in front of her mirror.) However, things are even worse for Dyanna and Jon. As the couple nears a complete meltdown. Her behavior becomes more and more erratic and this just brings out the worst in her husband.

Melissa's new attitude has completely turned Tony off from sex with his wife. (What are you fucking insane!!!) Actually, as Melissa soon finds out, it is his fling with Tricia that has him distracted. As the dejected wife runs downstairs to bite her soap. (Have to follow the plot now kiddies.) Tony is munching Tricia's muff while Missy fingers her own hot slit not far away. Tony blindfolds Tricia and Missy dives right into that shaved honey pot between Ms. Deveraux's soft thighs. It's a bit too crowded down there, so Tony decides to move up and fuck her face while Missy keeps right on sucking that sweet pussy. Always one to heat up a scene, Missy bends over the desk and lets Tony shove his cock straight up her tight asshole while Tricia watches. (Wow, Melissa Hill at home, or Missy and Tricia at the office, maybe this is tougher than I thought.) Tony and Missy really go at it in a super hard anal, with ass slapping and hair pulling galore as the sexy blonde just cums harder and harder. Not to be outdone, Tricia spreads her cheeks and invites him in her backdoor as well. The pair of lovely anal sluts share his cock in their hungry mouths for a perfectly shot double BJ which naturally leads to Tony feeding his jizz to Missy. Not was well captured a facial as I would have liked, but a hot scene none the less.

Dyanna finally meets up with her mystery bag boy and the sparks fly long before the clothes come off. She plays this scene perfectly, frantic for cock, starved for lust, and hotter than anyone has a right to be. Steven plays it very cool, actually walking away and making her come after him, practically begging. Once she gets her lips around his cock, he comes to his senses and lets her go to work big time. The trouble is, there is someone else in the house. Any guesses? Yes, Melissa is there as well. I won't go into details about the long, well written and extremely well acted dialog scene, but do watch it. It is what makes this feature well above average.

Of course, what most of you want is what comes after the talking and that is Melissa and Dyanna practically raping poor Steven. With these two sharing a cock, you know it is a visual treat. Once again, Vivid girl Dyanna shocks me with some great oral while Melissa forces her sweet pussy down onto her face. By the time Dyanna is ready to be fucked, Melissa helps juice it up with her own impressive blowjob, thoroughly prepping him to slide into her tight hole. God, the shot of Melissa on her back, getting mish from Steven while Dyanna rides her face and those incredible legs are straight up in the air, is simply porn perfection. Of course, watching a Vivid girl take it in the ass is always a highlight and Dy does not short change things. She takes a serious ass pounding and loves every second of it. Steven pulls out of the Vivid girl ass and sprays a North-like sperm geyser across Dy's upturned backside and all over Mel's face. Even some A2M sucking by the dirty Ms. Hill, breaking every Vivid stereotype there is.

The conclusion of this script is more than worth watching. Even without any more sex, the well put together plot will keep you watching until the very end. Having just seen New Wave Hookers 5, I won't go so far as to call this the best tape I have seen all year, however, this is the best written and best acted tape I have seen in some time. The plot is great, the performances, sexual and non, are all top notch. Dyanna Lauren has to be up for top female performance as she is absolutely on fire in all of her scenes. Melissa Hill, Tricia Deveraux and Missy add plenty of other hot sex scenes to make the most raincoated of you happy. Couples and strokers should both find this to be a great video experience. Easily a best film nominee and worthy of the highest praises.

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