The Taxi Driver

Cast: Chanel Preston , Evan Stone, Lily LaBeau, Ron Jeremy, Tommy Pistol
Director: General Stone
Studio: Pleasure Dynasty Films

While the prevalence of sexual themes in Martin Scorsese’s classic “Taxi Driver” makes it easy to develop sex scenes into the movie’s storyline about a Vietnam veteran’s feelings of alienation and disgust in a world that seemingly has lost its moral compass, the movie has a status within the canon of American film that makes a parody somewhat difficult. But Pleasure Dynasty and director General Stone are up to the task, bringing the porn version to life in a fitting tribute to the original.

Tommy Pistol does a great job of portraying Travis Bickle, the titular taxi driver who desperately seeks companionship in a world where he doesn’t quite fit in. His inspired effort more than makes up for the few occasions where the pacing of the dialogue and supporting actors aren’t up to par. The videography is excellent and even includes some nice camera angles during the sex scenes.

Overall, General Stone admirably works within his limitations to create a dramatic parody that uses the mainstream classic’s sexuality to insert sex scenes in a way that doesn’t interrupt the flow of the movie.

The sex scenes work on many levels, making sense within the context of the movie. For instance, Travis’ penchant for visiting porn theaters provides an obvious sex scene: a three-way with Aurora Snow, Chanel Preston and Tom Byron that is supposed to be a part of a porn film. The scene has been edited to look like a 70’s film (although the lack of body hair gives it away that the scene is from the modern era) but it still stands up well. The best encounter picks up where the movie ended, with Travis hooking up with the beautiful campaign worker (Lily LeBeau) that he previously found unattainable in a scene that showcases Lily’s considerable fellatio skills. —Scott Ross, XBIZ Editors Choice

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