Carla Gugino and Adrianne Palicki play porn stars we can relate to in “Elektra Luxx”

Mark my words, after we’re done here you’ll be excited to see the sequel to a movie you probably never even knew existed. And to make things even more improbable, it’s a movie about an ex-porn star, a dead rock star, an artsy sex blogger, a private detective and a failed actress in love with her call girl best friend. Ah-ha, now I’ve really got your attention. So, let’s talk Elektra Luxx.

As we’ve reported before, Elektra Luxx is the sequel to the 2009 indie Women in Trouble — a film you probably haven’t seen because not many people saw that film, period. The movies are planned as a trilogy by director Sebastian Gutierrez and center around pregnant porn star Elektra Luxx (played by the always lovely Carla Gugino). The first film told about the intertwined lives of a group of women in Los Angeles, I think — I never saw it. But luckily, the trailer for its sequel makes the continuing story seem pretty self explanatory.

 

Now, besides noticing a blond bombshell Gugino, you probably noticed a delightfully daffy Adrianne Palicki. She returns in the sequel as unsuccessful porn star Holly Rocket who is madly in love with her call girl best friend/roommate Bambi (Entourage’s Emmanuelle Chriqui). Honey, I can relate. OK, not about the porn star/call girl stuff, but the secretly in love with your roommate stuff. That’s like Lesson No. 4 in the Big Lesbian Handbook.

I’m also guessing Chriqui’s Bambi sneaked a peek at the handbook herself, because she seems be moving on to the advanced chapters, specifically: “How to torture your secretly gay roommate by stripping in front of her at every possible occasion.”

Other subplots involve Timothy Olyphant (who you should totally watch in Justified because that show is amazing) as a private detective who gets involved with Elektra and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a sexy blogger who is an expert on Elektra’s career. Watchmen’s Malin Akerman, Weeds star Justin Kirk, Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser and Julianne Moore also appear. What, Meryl Streep was too busy to show up as well?

Reviewers who previewed the film at SXSW last year have praised Elektra Luxx and its female performers. Film School Rejects called it “funny, sexy and ultimately enjoyable.” Cinematical singled out the Holly/Bambi storyline particularly saying “I could watch Adrianne Palicki’s lovable blonde airhead in a dozen more films.”

Still, Gugino is the main attraction. The veteran actress has shined in everything from kid stuff like Spy Kids to big-budget flicks like Watchmen and indie dramas like Center of the World. She even pops up in the upcoming all-girl demolition army action flick Sucker Punch. In Elektra Luxx, it looks like she gets to be sexy and funny — always a winning combination.

Admittedly, some of the trailer dialogue seems a little stilted (Gutierrez famously wrote Snakes on a Plane, after all), but the characters seem entirely likable. And I, for one, am dying to see whether the porn star and the call girl can make it work — I’m romantic like that.

So, what do you think? Ready for the sequel you never knew you wanted?

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