This 2015 documentary chronicles the behind the scenes lives of a few young women who have found their way into the world of amateur porn.
I recently found out about this new documentary and decided to check it out, since I’ve watched a few others and have seen interviews with famous Pornstars who have all discussed some of the different topics that are some what explored here, the difference between this film and the others is that this documentary is strictly about the amateur porn business that in alot of ways have hurt the bigger companies of the industry.
The documentary begins almost like a reality show where we are introduced to a few of the girls that we will see through out the film but the one who gets the biggest amount of screen time is Tressa better known as Stella May.
Tressa is a 19 year old from Texas who moved to Miami thanks to talent agent Riley who finds girls all over the country through craigslist and talks them into moving to Miami to his home where they live as they book different jobs, some are good and some are bad, just like any other job basically, the only difference here is that there is a lot of sex involved.
As the film goes on we see some of the girls as they go to different shoots and one that stands out is where one of the girls does a scene where an older friend of the family comes over and has sex with the virgin(if you’ve watched enough porn you’ve seen scenes like this) but what makes this one stand out is how uncomfortable both the girl and guy are as the director(who face is never shown) gives them direction.
As someone who has watched a fair amount of porn and follows some porn stars on Twitter and even interact with some of them from time to time, I found Hot Girls Wanted very lacking in a true in depth behind the scenes content of these girls lives, there are some interesting things here. Riley being one of them as the Talent Agent/Male Pornstar seems to have a story of his own that could’ve been told but the focus wasn’t on him.
I think the filmmakers missed the mark and not really giving more insight, but instead went with the generic storytelling of being a pornstar, also focusing on the 18 and 19 year olds clearly showed what they were trying to get across with this film, yes young girls get drawn into the adult industry all the time, thanks in large to where the world has gone when reality TV and the Kardashians, and certain entertainers have all used sex as the foundation for their success, is that the adult industry or mainstream influence?
I’m not sure, but there is a part of the film that seems too gloss over this for some reason, were the filmmakers afraid that they might truly expose something if they went down that road, its possible but why make a documentary like this if you’re not going to really go there.
Back to the young girls who get the focus, none of them really come across as down to earth, a few even come across as being guided to get anyone viewing to feel sympathy for them, we only see Tressa interaction with her family back in Texas and her boyfriend who doesn’t approve of her doing porn, which all of this seems a bit forced, and when she tells her dad what she really does, his reaction isn’t shown.
Like I mentioned before I’ve seen other documentaries and interviews that go further and more depth with the subject matter, there are some female pornstars who run their own companies like Joanna Angel with Burning Angel. Nina Hartley who has been involved with porn since the mid 80s has become a big positive voice for women in the industry and continues to this day. Belladonna and Sasha Grey have made the transition into mainstream films recently. Belle Knox made headline news for being a Duke freshman who does porn and is shown through out this documentary, some of the girls comment about her interviews and it almost comes across of if they were jealous of her.
This documentary seemed to have been made for anyone who does know about any of the success stories of the aforementioned women and countless others who even though are pornstars are not completely trapped in this male exploiting world of sex( that seemed to be the message here).
Hot Girls Wanted comes across as very one sided bias documentary to make male viewers of porn feel guilty for watching it by focusing on the more taboo(torture, young teens)sub genres of the industry, also there isn’t any real style or substance here which makes it a boring watch after about 10 minutes of viewing.
So if you like documentaries about the adult industry I recommend you stir clear of this one because it doesn’t really do anything for you really.
MY RATING 4/10