Smooth Operator (1995) from Tuna

Smooth Operator (1995) is a soft-core video romance novel. A successful business woman (Megan Hughes) decides to work out and flatten her tummy, and takes a tip from her secretary (Candace Camille Bender) on a gym and personal trainer. We see all three Bs from Candace as she gets very personal training indeed. The trainer, has no shortage of muscles, ambition, charm and sex drive. Hughes hires him to train her at her house, and he seduces her, with the idea of bettering his life. The relationship costs Hughes a promotion she was counting on. I won't reveal the ending, other than to say that it is a romantic and happy one.


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This is targeted at the couples market, which is to say that it has enough flesh from both Hughes and Bender to keep men watching, but has themes, stories, and romance to engage women as well. (For those guys half asleep, watch this with your girlfriend, and get laid for sure). The acting seems a little un-natural in parts, and there was some very annoying orange lighting, but, all in all, this was a good genre effort.

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IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C. OK genre effort, the genre being couples-oriented softcore

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