After Porn Ends (2012) ★★☆☆☆

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★★☆☆☆ Meh!

As the name suggests, this documentary takes a look at the lives of performers after they have quit the business. It only succeeds in satisfying casual curiosities that people might have about the life of porn stars. The subject matter can be depressing, especially regarding individuals who have turned to porn in order to survive or provide for loved ones or even a progression to the business as the result of abuse and violence. Some just can’t be bothered with the 9-5 grind and opt for a quick buck. Others like Nina Hartley, on the other hand, are intelligent, confident and refreshingly unapologetic. In fact, this might have made for a better documentary had the focus been on Hartley and her astute commentary.

‘After Porn Ends’ deserves some credit for choosing a subject matter that no one else seems to have bothered with and offering us a glimpse of how people end up in the business but it’s far from unbiased nor is it very interesting.

 

 

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