|TALKING WALLS (director/writer: Stephen Verona; screenwriter: from the novel by Mike McGrady; cinematographer: Scott Miller; editor: Jonathan Lawton; music: Richard Glasser; cast: Stephen Shellen (Paul Barton), Sally Kirkland (Hooker), Sybil Danning (Bathing Beauty), Barry Primus (Professor Hirsch), Karen Leigh Hopkins (Luna), June Wilkinson (Blonde), Hector Elias (Roberto), Marie Laurin (Jeanne), Don Davis (Don), Rae Davis (Rae), Don Calfa (Andre), Peter Liapis (Will); Runtime: 85; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Philip A. Waxman; Starmaker; 1987)|
materializes that is worth hearing."
by Dennis Schwartz
An inane sex comedy helmed and written by Stephen Verona ("Boardwalk"/"Pipe Dreams"/"The Lords of Flatbush"). It's based on the novel by Mike McGrady.
Barton (Stephen Shellen) is a sociology student in LA
working on his master's thesis. The lonely and
unethical Paul puts video cameras behind
two-way mirrors at a sleazy motel to secretly record
what goes on between couples when they are alone.
While filming on campus Paul is smitten with French
coed Jeanne (Marie Laurin), and
ventures out to discover the meaning of love through
his own experiences. Though Jeanne's
attracted to him, his love affair with his camera over
all else turns her off and she dumps him to sleep with
gives a manic performance as someone creepy, who makes
you uncomfortable watching him operate. Verona shoots
for exploitation cheesecake sex and titillating
sophomoric comedy instead of really probing his
subject for something more than cheap laughs, and as a
result not much materializes that is worth hearing.
REVIEWED ON 3/19/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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