Taboo American Style 1 (1985) The Ruthless Beginning
Also Known As:
Nena – Das geile Biest von nebenan – Teil 1 (German release by Ribu Video)
Taboo American Style Part 1: The Ruthless Beginning
Lauded by critics as the finest film of the year, Taboo American Style is the four-part saga of a young woman’s sexual awakening, and the power she attains with it. In The Ruthless Beginning, Nina gets her first taste of passion with her best friend’s boyfriend. Her newfound desires turn her middle-class family upside-down.
The evening started off with Taboo, American Style, Part I. This was an ambitious effort from Pachard in 1985. A four part miniseries dealing the evil machinations of one Nine Sutherland, played by a very young Raven. Her dad, Harding (Paul Thomas) and Mom (Gloria Leonard) round out her family with a 16 year old (it seemed) Tom Byron playing her brother, aptly named, Tom.
The Sutherlands are a well-to-do family, we’re told. Harding is a successful financial analyst, and Mom is very concerned about appearances… and about the gardener, Mr. Chernaske (R Bolla)
The film is heavy on plot and light on sex. It opens with R Bolla enjoying Gloria Leonard.. however, Gloria does not seem to be alive at all… couple this with some HORRID audio looping and dubbing, and you have the beginning of a lukewarm film.
The plot, which stretches over four (FOUR!) tapes begins innocently enough. Prudish Mom doesn’t want young Tom to gout with gutter trash like Lisa Chernaske (Taija Rae). So instead, Nina invites Lisa over, and after while the parents are getting busy, leads her into Tom’s room.
The Paul Thomas/Gloria Leonard coupling is lukewarm, and in the end frustrating as she rolls over and goes to sleep, leaving PT with a woody and a frown. However, sex scene of the movie goes to Taija and Tom who have a spirited romp marred only by some bad audio dubbing.
After the Tom/Taija tryst, Nina gives a terribly stilted textbook masturbation lesson to Lisa. “First, you rub the clitoris… the clitoris is the small penis like thing between your pussy lips…” Zzzzzz.
Lisa tells Nina about her mother’s indiscretions with the gardener, her father. Nina calls Dad home, who walks in on Mom and Mr. Chernaske.
“There will be no divorce” Dad states to a shaken family. Nina quietly revels in her mothers downfall and Tom just looks sullen, probably happy that he’s going to Brown in the fall.
Dad grows increasingly despondent until Nina walk in on him in the tub. He sits, bottle in hand, getting sauced… watching as his daughter starts kissing him with too much familiarity and eventually blows him. The scene is marred by a fake-o cum shot, but is redeemed by the “My God, what have I done?” acting of PT.
I always liked PT as an actor and feel those strengths do complement him as a director. However, as a stud, PT was always a little lacking to me, and this too, translates into his movies. All plot, no heat.
That sentiment sums up the first part of Taboo, American Style.
It’s been almost 10 years since I watched it, and I didn’t hit FF once. The acting is kinda silly, though it was great seeing people actually sorta playing their ages. PT’s mid 30s to Gloria Leonard’s mid 30s contrasted rather nicely with Taija, Raven and Tom all of whom had to be about 18.
When it was done, I looked at my wife who looked at me. “I have ONE WORD” she says. Not a great sign. “Yeah” I ask. “F-E-H, Feh.” she says.
As a sex movie it didn’t do it for her and as a straight movie it came down on the side of campy… it’s a tough call to make, because such an effort seemed to have been made, you hate to dis it, but I would recommend it for a rent but bring along insurance.
Taboo American Style 2: The Story Continues
A horny young man has sex with Barbara who tells him about her affair with her son. He wonders what it’d be like to hook up with his beautiful sister and their gorgeous mother, while the sister starts thinking about their manly father.
In part 2, Nina’s newfound sexuality prompts her to take on her mother’s secret lover, which in turn created more than a little tension around the house.
Taboo American Style Part 3 – Nina Says – 1985
In part 3, Nina continues her campaign of unabashed seduction, taking on all comers. But such sexual feats are not enough for Nina, and it isn?t long before she set her sights on Hollywood?
Taboo American Style Part 4 – The Exciting Conclusion
Naughty Nina Sutherland continues her quick rise to fame and fortune, leaving her broken and sexually exhausted family in ruins. She?s set her sights on show biz ? and pity the fool who stands in her way. First, she makes sure her acting competition, Felitia Barrie, is caught in the act on the casting couch. Then, to snatch a leading role, she meeds Sid Holtzman, a perverse agent who likes to watch his wife make it with young studs. When Nina arranges this sultry scenario, she finally lands a spot in the big-time.
Everything runs smoothly for our new starlet, until cranky critic D.D. Dorfman wages a one-man war against Nina on nation TV. Nina can?t take criticism, so she gives our doubting Dorfman a private performance ? and needless to say, his reaction is ?thumbs up!?