LOS ANGELES—It's not often that a mainstream website, any mainstream website, takes the time to provide a serious analysis of an adult movie, but Creative Loafing's Shawn Alff did just that today with Dreamzone Entertainment's parody, Rambone XXX, which he said provides an allegorical "example of how porno can package a serious political message in sexual satire."
No hyperbole, there. In his blow-by-blow analysis, Alff layers tight-fitting allegorical interpretations onto just about the entire plot of the movie, as well as its sub-plots, finding meaning where other people may only see smoldering sexual performances by Bonnie Rotten, as Joan Rambone, and her castmates.
According to Alff, "Rambone wages a metaphorical war against LA County's efforts to require condoms in porn. In her frayed combat jorts, which reveal more of her sexually liberated ass than they conceal, and a tight t-shirt strategically cut to ventilate her revolutionary breasts, Rambone may seem a bit exposed to the untrained eye. While the general population may need more protections against the elements—concealing clothes, tents, sleeping bags, bug spray, guns—Rambone is trained to survive with less. In essence, while amateurs should use condoms to protect themselves against the dangers of casual sex, porn performers mitigate such risks with the proper preparation: biweekly STD tests."
The sheriff, played by Tommy Pistol, provides a stark contrast to Rambone, "outfitted in a uniform with a sidearm strapped to his leg—artifices he believes will shield him from danger." Having just arrested "Besty" (Brianna Brooks) for the crime of "whoring," Alff notes, "Betsy pays her fine by engaging in the very act for which she was busted. Similarly, porn studios pay their fines with profits derived from condom-free porn. This speaks to the hypocrisy of lawmakers who publicly condemn what they privately enjoy: namely raw-dogging prostitutes."
The analysis continues in similar fashion. "After picking Rambone up on the road," writes Alf, "the Sheriff drops her off at the edge of his jurisdiction. This evokes LA County's attempts to push pornographers out of town with stringent regulations. Before the dust from the Sheriff's cruiser settles, Rambone defiantly marches back toward town. Wherever Rambone goes, she will always face such challenges. She decides to take stand. Many porn studios could have fled LA and dodged a battle with city regulations, but they would have never escaped the war being waged against our sexual liberties. Instead, they chose to stay and fight."
Not wishing to repeat his entire breakdown of the movie's subterranean messages, we suggest our readers head over to CreativeLoafing.com to read the rest of Alff's dissection of Rambone XXX. We will, however, leave you with his final observation of the idea the movie wants to leave with people.
"The question Rambone XXX asks is this," concludes Alff. "Should the adult industry be allowed to portray the same sexual freedoms that people enjoy in their private lives, or does the commercialization of these private acts subject them to public scrutiny?"