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Group Marriage 
Written by: on March 12th, 2011

Theatrical Release Date:
USA, 1973
Director: Stephanie Rothman
Writers: Paul Rapp, Stephanie Rothman, Charles S. Swartz, Richard Walter
Cast: Aimée Eccles, Ron Gans, Claudia Jennings, Milt Kamen, Jayne Kennedy, John McMurtry, Jeff Pomerantz, Pepe Serna, Solomon Sturges, Zack Taylor, Victoria Vetri, Joseph Israel, Paul Rapp

DVD released: February 8th, 2011
Approximate running time: 87 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Code Red
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $19.98

Synopsis: A couple is still in love, but wanting to branch out a bit. This leads to a threesome, a foursome, and finally a sextet in the middle of suburbia. When the token airhead jock places an ad in the underground paper their situation becomes public, sparking protests and eventually violence from the unenlightened citizenry.
Another Stephanie Rothman adult themed soap opera, but this one contains a strong emphasis on humor. The stereotypical and blatantly homosexual couple next door serve as color commentators, "What do you call three men and two women? . . . A full house". The cast is comprised mostly of seasoned television performers, including two Playboy Playmates.
Starting things off are Aimée Eccles (Pretty Maids All in a Row) and Solomon Sturges. Aimée is absolutely adorable with those big innocent eyes, and Solomon plays a hip producer of downer bumper stickers, who smokes cigarettes even while jogging! The first interloper into this relationship is daytime soap staple Jeff Pomerantz (‘The Secret Storm’, ‘Search for Tomorrow’, ‘One Life to Live’) as a parole officer who’s car won’t start. He then enlists the bounteous beauty of Victoria Vetri (Invasion of the Bee Girls), who goes ga-ga over a life guard, who stumbles upon Playmate and "Queen of the B’s" Claudia Jennings (Fast Company). 
Events move along at a good pace, and the almost constant introduction of new characters keeps things from getting routine. Writer / director Rothman make certain to give each character some fleshing out – and of course the leading ladies each have a sex scene to display their flesh.

The DVD:

The widescreen anamophic print looks quite good most of the time, though there are a few brief occasions of print damage. Still, leagues better than this title has ever looked on home video before. The sound is fine, and John Sebastian’s rather pedestrian country ditty grates loud and clear. No subtitles.
Overall, this is one of Stephanie Rothman’s most consistently entertaining films. There’s plenty to offend everyone here, on paper, but it’s too lighthearted to be taken seriously.
Note: the screener disc stuck for about 15 seconds twice around the hour mark before commencing, but this is not necessarily indicative of the retail product.

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