This is notorious Italian director/cinematographer Joe D’Amato’s most successful 80’s softcore sex flick. It certainly succeeds as standard 80’s erotica–and in my estimation even surpasses its most obvious Hollwood inspiration, Adrian Lyne’s overrated “9 and 1/2 Weeks”–but it’s not nearly as interesting as some of D’Amato’s sleazy 70’s stuff like a lot of his “Black Emanuelle” films.
The plot involves a female writer who as part of a book project has slept with 99 men (pretty impressive considering the part was played by Jessica Moore who was all of 19 at the time). Her 100th unsuspecting “victim” is an American architect who she first seduces on a New York ferry and then begins a very hot and semi-kinky affair with despite the fact he’s due to be married in 11 days (and 11 nights). A love (or lust) triangle soon develops between the writer, the architect, and the latter’s bride-to be, but as this is a (not-always-too-believable) male fantasy, you know the one of the women is bound to eventually lose out while the guy will get to have his cake and eat her–I mean, eat it–too.
As always with D’Amato the cinematography is very good and the music while cheesy is actually pretty catchy (much better than the execrable “hits” in “9 and 1/2 Weeks”). The numerous sex scenes are much more silly-kinky than disturbing-kinky and any “drama” here is pretty hard to take seriously. Of course, no small amount of the appeal of this movie is Ms. Moore herself (actually an Italian actress whose real name is Alessandra Ottavia). She had supporting roles in “Don’t Fear Aunt Martha” and Lucio Fulci’s “Ghosts of Sodoma” where she mostly passed as an ordinary teen, but dolled-up and naked she is absolutely incredible. She has a body like Jessica RABBIT come to life. I kinda would have liked to see her in action with the OTHER 99 guys besides the douchebag in this movie (in one of the kinkier scenes she does try to set up an interracial three-way between her, the architect, and a studly black guy). Moore and D’Amato would team again in the semi-sequel “Top Model”. I’d recommend them both.