Porno Film (2000) Movie Review

Charlie, the protagonist of the Slovenia film “Porno Film”, is so dedicated to his porn viewing that his two friends John and Frank jokes that he must have a P.H.D. in pornography by now. Using Charlie’s extensive knowledge of all things porn, the trio sets out to make the “first real Slovenia porn film”, in Slovenia language and everything — except the women in the film are emigrated Russian hookers, and their Slovenian (?) isn’t very good.

“Porno Film” runs just under 80 minutes, and is a breezy little comedy that, every now and then, tries to be something more, although it needn’t bother. Matjaz Latin stars as Charlie, a 30-something man who possesses what seems like permanent bad hair day and an obsession with porn. Zoran More is Frank, the slightly nutso friend who thinks making a porn film would be fun since it means he’ll be able to have free sex. The third participant is overweight John (Primoz Petkovsek), the pimp whose stable of Russian hookers have been cast in the upcoming porn film. And oh, Charlie is unable to have sex unless it’s on camera. Other than that, there’s nothing else to know about the movie.

Written and directed by Damjan Kozole, whose last film, according to IMDB.com, was made in 1988, one wonders what happened in the intervening 12 years, since the screenplay for “Porno Film” couldn’t possibly have taken that long to write. Mostly good for a couple of chuckles as Charlie sets about trying to bring his “vision” of a Slovenian porn film with global appeal to life, “Porno Film” is more off-kilter than anything else. There’s Charlie’s oddball look (he looks like a cross between actor Mike Myers (“Goldmember”) and that teacher from the TV show “Welcome Back Kotter”), and the trio’s quickly accepted endeavor of making the “first ever Slovenian porn film”, an endeavor they hatch after a night of smoking marijuana.

Along the way, a cat burglar name Fernandel (Emil Cerar) is recruited to join the enterprise with the threat of being delivered to the police hanging over his head. In-between run-throughs for the movie, Charlie keeps Fernandel taped up in a chair and hidden in his apartment closet. Although he’s a cat burglar who consults a telephone psychic before each job, Fernandel worries that his mom might see the film. There is also a subplot about the Russian girls’ previous pimp, who has just been released from prison and is now looking for payback, as well as retrieving his “property.”

Of note is the presence of the fresh-faced Natalia Danilova, who plays Kalinka, one of the Russian hookers. Danilova is a lovely young woman and it’s amazing how much her presence lights up an otherwise ordinary looking movie. Of course, it takes a little suspension of disbelief to accept that the pretty Kalinka would fall for the odd-looking Charlie. The film probably spends too much time discussing Kalinka’s life as a hooker and Charlie’s sexual disorder, which leaves little room for the movie’s comedy moments, which all happen to involve the “making of” of the porno movie.

“Porno Film” is a harmless enough movie. It has a couple of laughs, and I liked the interaction between the three reluctant friends. For example, Charlie and Frank are antagonistic toward each other at every opportunity, and while Charlie wants to get every little detail of his porno film right, Frank just wants to have sex. All the while, the guys are trying to help the Russian girls with their pronunciation. It’s all in good fun and worth some chuckles, and that’s it.

For anyone wanting a serious look at the pitfalls of porno stardom, take a look at “Pornstar: The Legend of Ron Jeremy.”

Damjan Kozole (director) / Damjan Kozole (screenplay)
CAST: Matjaz Latin …. Charlie
Primoz Petkovsek …. John
Zoran More …. Frank
Roberto Magnifico …. Buddy



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