The Last King of Porn

Porn is a form of entertainment that has always had mixed reactions, yet brings a lot of pleasure to many individuals. But what is the reality behind this popular industry? The Last King of Porn explores the reality behind it all - especially sexual exploitation. In this drama, porn star Randy wants to achieve the biggest record in the world - to sleep with 100 women in 24 hours on film. We see what happened in the green room as three women wait their turn anxiously, testing the patience of the runner.

interesting and insightful to watch

As a four handed piece of theatre, the performances themselves were fascinating and insightful to watch. As we catch a glimpse into the three women's lives, we see a world of secrets and what they had to do to survive as they shared their experiences with Randy. The first woman in his life, the 'love' of his life and a young girl claiming to be his daughter, wanting to get close to him. Every one of them held the audience's attention as they shared their stories and clashed with one another wanting to be the best person there. The strength they showed as walls came crashing down slowly around them was particularly strong - especially when the frustrated runner on the film revealed a story of his own with Randy. This was cleverly revealed during the emotional chaos that evolved as these unlikely people gradually found common ground with one another.

What does let this show down is the writing in places. All the stories portrayed were well intertwined, but sadly there were still some loose ends that needed to be tied up more in order to make it an extremely strong piece of writing. An example of this was when the young girl eventually met her father on set. She seemed to just emerge after the experience and not say whether she told him or not. It would have been nice to get some closure on this particular story as we followed it.

Apart from that, the whole experience from start to finish was insightful, emotional and felt like we really connected with all four characters on their respective journeys. There are adult themes in The Last King of Porn and are not suitable for those of sensitive dispositions. But if you like dramas with a comedic slant, honest characters and honest writing, then this might be for you. 

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What are you willing to do to become a legend? A porn actor performing his last record-breaking movie: a sex marathon with 100 women. The atmosphere moves in a short time from sexy to an anxiety-filled thrilling situation, where hidden interests come out. It's an explicit drama about sex, love, family, suicide, and much more.

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