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Elektra Luxx (2011)


Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 21

Critics Consensus: A bizarre sex comedy full of meandering subplots, some occasional wit, and, unfortunately, not a whole lot of funny jokes.

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: A bizarre sex comedy full of meandering subplots, some occasional wit, and, unfortunately, not a whole lot of funny jokes.


Average Rating: 2.4/5
User Ratings: 2,954


Movie Info

Recently retired from the adult film industry, superstar Elektra Luxx (Carla Gugino) is pregnant with the child of late rock star Nick Chapel. She is trying to make ends meet by teaching a community college sex education class aimed at housewives when a figure from her past, flight attendant Cora (Marley Shelton), approaches her with a proposition. In exchange for the (stolen) lyrics to Nick Chapel's last record, all of which is about Elektra, Cora needs Elektra to seduce her fiancée. Elektra … More

R (for strong sexual content, nudity and language)
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In Theaters:
Jun 21, 2011
Box Office:
Samuel Goldwyn Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Elektra Luxx

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (21) | DVD (5)

Has some scattered witty notions, but it is not funny.

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

A porn star's midlife crisis makes for a limp story in "Elektra Luxx."

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
New York Post
Top Critic

Despite the fine thesping seen in this innocuous piece of fluff, the whole amounts to less than the sum of its parts.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011
Top Critic

"Elektra Luxx" has a playful, breezy sexiness that gives the world of the film, porn biz and all, a refreshing innocence.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

You sense that the characters, as much as we, are waiting for something to happen.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011
Seattle Times
Top Critic

"Elektra Luxx'' needs a star whose secret weapon is that she only looks and sounds as dumb as people think she is. It needs Melanie Griffith.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Elektra Luxx has its moments, but the overriding reaction is "Why?" Not only did its predecessor not merit a sequel by anyone's standards, but this is a forgettable film briefly buoyed by lines and energetic performances.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
The Playlist

Writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez is all over the map with a bizarre multi-character drama that never really clicks.

Full Review… | September 9, 2011

Offbeat, and powered by a game cast, but also full of spun-off asides and backstories that aren't smoothly integrated into the final product, or made to have forward-reaching consequences.

Full Review… | March 31, 2011
Shared Darkness

An odd but often laugh-out-loud funny mix of absurdist humor, raunchy backstories, and genuine pathos.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
Austin Chronicle

Everything about this movie is off.

Full Review… | March 15, 2011

While I admired the acting, it just never really came together into a cohesive whole that I could appreciate, but it's still an interesting, laudable attempt at making something different.

Full Review… | March 15, 2011
JoBlo's Movie Emporium


Full Review… | March 11, 2011

Carla Gugino and Joseph Gordon-Levitt perform superhuman work trying to keep this mess together, but can only do so much when faced with such arbitrarily plotted nonsense.

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
Film Journal International

Gugino and the rest of the mostly female cast clearly savor the chance to strip and swear in a free-play environment, which is a nice way of saying the film is hopelessly flabby and lacks coherence.

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
Boxoffice Magazine

I loved the film's humor and subversive attitude. The entire cast is fantastic, with (Julianne) Moore's brief appearance (as the Virgin Mary) a particularly nice touch.

Full Review… | March 11, 2011
Movie Dearest

Too ramshackle and sloppy to leave much of a lasting impression.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011
NYC Film Critic

sometimes clever, sometimes just odd

Full Review… | March 10, 2011

The whole thing feels too sketchy, too tossed-off, to hang together as a movie. But as a TV series - on HBO, Starz, Showtime or even FX - this material might actually work.

Full Review… | March 10, 2011
Hollywood & Fine

Audience Reviews for Elektra Luxx


Trouble has a name.

Mediocre movie. "Elektra Luxx" is not really a comedy, but a quirky semi-serious drama. There are three vaguely connected subplots, one about the life of Elektra Luxx, another about a blogger and the third about two female friends of Elektra. While the main subplot of Elektra's life is interesting, the latter two subplots seem to add little to the main story. They seem disconnected and seem to function as fillers. Or, they are just reasons to put some soft porn in. I find "Elektra Luxx" not so engaging or captivating as it potentially could be. What surprises me the most is the number of big names in the film, such as Joseph Gordon Levitt, Malin Akerman and even a long cameo by Julianne Moore.

Pregnant porn star Elektra Luxx is trying to make a split from the adult film industry by making a living teaching sex classes to housewives. But her life is thrown into disarray when a flight attendant with ties to Elektra's past approaches her for a favor. Chaos and hilarity ensue as fiancees, private investigators, a twin sister, best selling authors and even the Virgin Mary force her to face up to an unexpected series of decisions and revelations.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Elektra Luxx is the slightly improved sequel to Women in Trouble. If you enjoyed that movie at all, then this one will also probably be worth your time.

A lot of the failed attempts at humor where left out this time around, and the story focus also lies more heavily on the characters of Elektra (Carla Gugino), Holly Rocket (Adrianne Palicki), Bambi (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and Bert (Joseph Gordon-Levitt). The storylines of those characters in the first movie are continued right where they left off, and they're also joined by a few new faces like Timothy Olyphant, Malin Akerman and Lucy Punch.

Elektra Luxx is also a much tamer movie than Women in Trouble, despite the fact that most of its characters are still porn stars. Besides a few curse words, this could have been a PG-13 film.

As I said before, check this out if you're interested in the continued lives of the characters from Women in Trouble (the doors are left wide open at the end of this movie for a third entry in the series). Otherwise, there's not a whole lot of reasons to go out of your way to see this.

Lewis C.

Super Reviewer

"From adult film star to functioning adult."

Life for porn actress Elektra Luxx gets turned upside down when she finds out she's pregnant.

"What kind of person are you?" Retiring pregnant porn star Elektra Luxx (Gugino) fills her days by teaching a sexology class. After being approached by a stranger with ties to her dead ex-boyfriend her day starts to get weird. If you have seen the previews to this then you think you know what the movie is about. You would be wrong. From what I saw I expected a very funny comedy. While this movie does have it's funny moments, at its core it actually a very moving story. A woman who is trying to figure out where her life is is the one everyone seems to go to for advice, help or anything she can provide. Being that the movie is about a porn star there are a few pretty raunchy scenes and dialog, but no where near what you would have expected. The acting and characters are very entertaining that it makes you want to watch and see everyone get what they want. This is not at all what I expected, it was better. Overall a very touching, and somewhat funny story about finding out and being comfortable with who you are.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

When last we left our intrepid heroine...

Famed porn star Elektra Luxx(Carla Gugino) was pregnant and retiring from the adult film industry. This leaves her biggest fan and vlogger, Bert Rodriguez(Joseph Gordon-Levitt), distraught while his sister Olive(Amy Rosoff) tries to drive up the traffic on his web site which might also scar him for life. While Holly(Adrianne Palicki) is going to Mexico with her best friend Bambi(Emmanuelle Chriqui), Elektra is teaching classes at the local community center where Cora(Marley Shelton) finds her. To those who might have forgotten, Cora was with Elektra's baby daddy when he died and feels responsible. To atone, she gives Elektra a list of songs he wrote in her honor. In return, Cora would like a favor...

Compared to its predecessor "Women in Trouble," "Elektra Luxx" at least has fewer plot tangents and is less of a mess in general. That's not to say this is not a deeply flawed movie with little momentum with scenes that go on way too long. It would have been better if it had stuck with the missing songs subplot and ran with that. On the other hand, it is more subdued and reflective in its keeping with a transitional tone as Elektra considers what do next while learning more about her. At the same time, the world needs to reconcile who she is privately and publicly in a business that is all fantasy, and little else.(Of some relevance, is how a lot of the subplots involve infidelity.) Plus, the cast is still very good with Timothy Olyphant being a valued addition. And an off-the-wall cameo(Yes, that is who I think it is) puts the movie into the win column.

Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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