(out of 5)
Gay porn director and fabulous drag queen Chi Chi La Rue is the most successful individual in her business, and this charming documentary details why. On set footage reveals a highly professional filmmaker named Larry Paciotti (La Rue’s real name) who makes sure that everyone is as comfortable as possible when involved in his numerous attempts to breathe new life into a dangerously repetitive area of storytelling. We’re also relieved after seeing how much work La Rue puts into her terrific wigs, makeup and clothing to find out that she doesn’t put herself through all that trouble when working on films. A trip to Paciotti’s hometown details interviews with friends and family, plus a synopsis of the X-rated auteur’s career rise from mailroom boy to maverick. No matter what the guise, this gal is funny, sweet, upstanding (LaRue is a very vocal advocate for safe sex), and above and beyond all other things, is a very charismatic subject for a documentary. Fans of the genre will get a lot out of the behind-the-scenes footage (for anyone who ever wondered, HOW do they DO that?), but any viewer will enjoy themselves either way.
Directed by Mike Aho
Cinematography by Danny Stocker
Music by Christian Henson