Naked Ambition: An R Rated Look at an X Rated Industry (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Naked Ambition: An R Rated Look at an X Rated Industry
An entertaining, adeptly crafted documentary that treats its provocative subject matter with refreshing respect.
In contrast with Grecco's evocative photos, his film is scattered and platitudinous, skimming the surface of his subjects and betraying his high-art aspirations with a shallow E! aesthetic.
All the naked people on display here are certainly easy on the eyes, but it's not much of a stretch to say that, as usual in Hollywood, the book is better than the movie.
It's less a documentary than a promotional video for [director Michael Grecco's] book...
There's plenty of nudity, famous porn faces (don't worry, Ron Jeremy shows up), and a few respectable stories, but an overall arc of an idea with all this siliconed commotion? It never arrives.
As a look inside the porn industry itself, it barely scratches the surface.
Audience Reviews for Naked Ambition: An R Rated Look at an X Rated Industry
The title and plot summary may give the audience an idea that this is a full on film that goes in depth of the entire porn industry, but that is misleading. Instead it succeeds at showing a photo shoot for a coffee table book on porn and the background to the models who are shot for it.
Having worked as a photographer, I respect Grecco's ability to take excellent pictures with such depth and quality, however, I think as a documentary there is so much else the viewer needs to see!
Until this morning I had no idea who Michael Grecco. Now I now I've seen his work before but I didn't know anything about him. I was recently in a terrible snowmobiling accident and have been pretty debilitated for the last 3 to 4 weeks. What that translated to was me sitting in my theater recliner watching copious amounts of Netflix documentaries. I came across Naked Ambition this morning and figured what the hell, I'll give it a shot. What an impressive film. I've literally watched hundreds in the last few weeks and this one is by far my absolute favorite. The documentary was so well done and he really showed a different side of that industry. Michael really knows how to capture the essence of his subjects. What makes them tick. This film gave me a great education about the AVN show and the adult industry in general. Very fascinating. And while you watch you also get to see Michael's incredible photography in vivid HD. Bottom line, it was an enjoyable and inspiring hour and a half. Watch it. It's fantastic. I'm now a huge Michael Grecco fan. I truly hope he produces more just like this on some of his future shoots.
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