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Carla Gugino is a sexy former porn star in the trailer for Elektra Luxx

01.31.2011

If a movie starring Carla Gugino as an ex porn queen seems familiar, that's because ELEKTRA LUXX is a sequel to filmmaker Sebastian Gutierrez's WOMEN IN TROUBLE. A number of actors from that ensemble are back for LUXX, which is prefectly welcome considering they're people like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Emmanuelle Chriqui. Add some Timothy Olyphant, and... yeah.

The synopsis: Recently retired from the adult film industry, superstar Elektra Luxx (Carla Gugino) is pregnant with the child of late rock star Nick Chapel. She is trying to make ends meet by teaching a community college sex education class aimed at housewives when a figure from her past, flight attendant Cora (Marley Shelton), approaches her with a proposition. In exchange for the (stolen) lyrics to Nick Chapel's last record, all of which is about Elektra, Cora needs Elektra to seduce her fiancee. Elektra reluctantly agrees to do this favor, setting in motion a series of hilarious events which will see her come face to face with detectives, sex bloggers, emotionally unstable neighbors and the Virgin Mary herself as she wrestles with the prospect of motherhood and tries to become a person of substance.

Check the sexy below or see it in HD at Apple.

Extra Tidbit: Coming soon from Gugino: M.I.L.F. Yes, a movie.
Source: Apple

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10:58PM on 01/31/2011
She looks amazing...no brainer there. The movie looks good.
She looks amazing...no brainer there. The movie looks good.
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11:02PM on 01/31/2011
Can't wait to see this. Women In Trouble was a great, underrated dark comedy and ever since I heard there was a sequel coming out, I've been dieing to see it.

Glad to see the majority of the cast back from the original and like the addition of Timothy Olyphant and more screentime for Joseph Gordon Levitt.

Movie looks great.
Can't wait to see this. Women In Trouble was a great, underrated dark comedy and ever since I heard there was a sequel coming out, I've been dieing to see it.

Glad to see the majority of the cast back from the original and like the addition of Timothy Olyphant and more screentime for Joseph Gordon Levitt.

Movie looks great.
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11:12PM on 01/31/2011
Carla Gugino as a porn star... sign me up!
Carla Gugino as a porn star... sign me up!
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11:14PM on 01/31/2011
She sexy as fuck but if the movie it talk fest i'll watch out for pics.
She sexy as fuck but if the movie it talk fest i'll watch out for pics.
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11:23PM on 01/31/2011

Looks different, great cast!

Gugino never disappoints. JGL is cool. Olyphant is da man! Finally getting to show is comedic side.
Gugino never disappoints. JGL is cool. Olyphant is da man! Finally getting to show is comedic side.
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8:15AM on 02/01/2011
The Girl Next Door?
The Girl Next Door?
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11:30PM on 01/31/2011
I'd watch this for the cast alone. Gonna have to track down "Women in Trouble" first, though ...
I'd watch this for the cast alone. Gonna have to track down "Women in Trouble" first, though ...
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4:25AM on 02/01/2011
Hell yes!
Hell yes!
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10:41AM on 02/01/2011
One of the greatest casts ever!
One of the greatest casts ever!
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11:49AM on 02/01/2011
looks like it was shot on an i-phone. I like the cast (with the exception of Akerman), but it'll see how the reviews are before taking a shot with this one.
looks like it was shot on an i-phone. I like the cast (with the exception of Akerman), but it'll see how the reviews are before taking a shot with this one.
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1:13PM on 02/01/2011
This sounds a lot like the old 2003 movie 'This Girl's Life'.
This sounds a lot like the old 2003 movie 'This Girl's Life'.
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4:51PM on 02/01/2011
Adrianne Palicki...yum.
Adrianne Palicki...yum.
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5:31PM on 02/01/2011

Awesome Flick!

“Elektra Luxx” is a well made character driven comedy with a talented and beautiful cast.

Just a short few months ago, I was sitting at work looking at one of my favorite film websites “joblo.com,” which is where I came across the trailer for a little film called “Women in Trouble.” What intrigued me was to watch a trailer for a film I heard nothing about especially since I am really interested in films and tend to visit about 7 to 10 film geared websites on a daily basis but also a film
“Elektra Luxx” is a well made character driven comedy with a talented and beautiful cast.

Just a short few months ago, I was sitting at work looking at one of my favorite film websites “joblo.com,” which is where I came across the trailer for a little film called “Women in Trouble.” What intrigued me was to watch a trailer for a film I heard nothing about especially since I am really interested in films and tend to visit about 7 to 10 film geared websites on a daily basis but also a film with a pretty decent and well known cast. Needless to say after watching the trailer, I was intrigued enough to go out and purchase the film. I bought the blu ray on Amazon.com and when it arrived two days later, I quickly opened it and put it into my blu-ray player. What I watched was a funny and interesting movie about women in trouble just like the title suggested. It was enjoyable and fun to say the least.

I am sure by now your asking yourself why is he talking about “Women in Trouble” when this in a review for “Elektra Luxx.” Well there are two reasons, one “Women in Trouble” is the prequel to “Elektra Luxx” and two I actually have a story about “Elektra Luxx,” which I decided to include in my review and you need to know the context of the story before I can tell you the actual story. Now back to my story, fast forward to a few weeks later where I decided to attend SXSW in Austin, TX. I looked up on the schedule for the film festival and saw a film called “Elektra Luxx” screening there. I decided to click out of it because the name sounded familiar. This is when I found out that it was a sequel to “Women in Trouble” and after enjoying the first film, I knew I had to see the sequel.

On March 14th in Austin, TX, I headed into the World Premiere of “Elektra Luxx” at the Paramount Theater and boy was I in for a treat. I was so pumped just being at SXSW but sitting a few seats away from me were Malin Akerman, Carla Gugino, Emma Bell, Emmanuelle Chriqui, and director/writer Sebastian Gutierrez. I guess I am the kind of film dork/lover who just likes talking and being in the company of celebrities. I don't know what it is but seeing people from films in person just makes me so excited especially when they are nice and down to earth, which all of them were.

About an hour into the film, the worst thing that could ever happen to a director happened...the movie screen went blank during the world premiere. Within a few minutes, Sebastian Gutierrez appeared on stage doing a one man show entertaining the audience to the highest level possible. After about 20 mins of Sebastian entertaining and talking about his new film (can't wait to see it), he decided to bring the cast on stage to help fill the time. This is when my brilliant ass decided to ask the most awkward question to ask a filmmaker period, let alone during a chaotic screening. I began to ask “how do you make a sequel to a film that no one saw the original of?”

After that sentence came out of my mouth, I actually felt really bad for asking it because I didn't realize how harsh it sounded but luckily for me Sebastian Gutierrez decided to answer it honestly and poke fun at me a bit in the process. The guy is awesome. I have met a ton of directors and celebrities and he ranks up there as the coolest guy I met in showbiz. He just seemed like the kind of guy who really valued his fans and I truly admire the man now. But as the 45 minute mark drew near, Janet Pierson appeared on stage to let everyone know we would not be able to see the ending of “Elektra Luxx” tonight as the projector could not be fixed. As I exited the theater, I was so sadden by not seeing the end of the film and thought to myself “oh no, I will have to wait till DVD now before I ever finish it.” About two days later, I heard they did a midnight showing of the film and of course no one knew about it so I figured that was it.

Flash forward to about two weeks ago, I was browsing online and came across the Gen Art Film Festival and to my surprise “Elektra Luxx” was playing at the festival. I knew I had to get tickets and surely enough just a few days later I did. So finally on Friday April 9, 2010...I entered the SVA theater in NYC and took my seat right across from Mr. Gutierrez again. Within a few minutes after Gutierrez and the cast was seated the film began...

Now having seen the conclusion of “Elektra Luxx” I can finally review it. I would have to tell anyone who reads this review that if you haven't seen “Women in Trouble” please watch that film first before you attempt to watch the sequel. You could probably watch it by itself but I don't know if the film would flow as nicely as it did without knowing the characters and the story of the first film. With that being said, “Elektra Luxx” was a really great sequel. In all honesty, it was better than “Women in Trouble” and most people who watch a lot of films know sequels are usually less worthy than the original, not in this case with this film.

“Elektra Luxx” as I said above is the sequel to “Women in Trouble.” For the most part, this film focuses around the life of “Elektra Luxx (played by the beautiful and very talented Carla Gugino) and her retirement from the porn industry. In the film, Elektra is trying to just live a normal life by teaching a class called “How to have sex like a porn star.” Shortly into the film, her past comes back to haunt her as she gets a surprise visit from Cora (Marley Shelton) who has some information about her husband. The film only continues to get more interesting as it goes along and seeing Elektra grow as a person. A lot of laughs and some dramedy filled moments ensue...

“Elektra Luxx” has a cast of some of the most beautiful women in showbiz and surprisingly all of them are pretty great actresses as well. Carla Gugino's lead role as Elektra is not only fun but it's also a very good performance. Her character isn't as simple as you may think and Gugino plays the role with such passion that you just enjoy every moment she is on screen. Marley Shelton who plays Cora is very good even though she has a small role again but she is always has a fun on-screen presence. Emmanuelle Chriqui is always pleasure to watch as Bambi. Her role of playing the all business no fun girl perfectly offsets her partner in crime Holly Rocket played by Adrianne Palicki. Holly Rocket is is my favorite character in the film as well as the funniest. She seems dumb on the surface but if you actually pay attention to her character, she really isn't and that's what I love about it. Joseph Gordon Levitt is great in the film as Burt Rodriguez. Levitt steals the show every moment he is on screen. Malin Akerman's character Trixie isn't in the film all that much but for what little screen time she has, her character looks like it's going to show some promise in the next film. Overall, everyone does an amazing job even the host of people I haven't listed but these are the main ones.

Sebastian Gutierrez pulled a “Woody Allen” so to speak and directed, wrote, and produced the film. He is truly great at doing all of those things. I guess having done a lot of writing for “Mainstream Hollywood” it is nice to see him create something more independent. After having seen two different Q&A sessions with Sebastian, I would have to say that he is one of my most driven and passionate directors I have ever seen or met. He loves film and he loves his cast and it truly shows. One thing I have to mention is that everyone in the cast pointed out was that Sebastian treats everyone like family and that shows. These films “Women in Trouble” and “Elektra Luxx,” are his babies and while some may not appreciate them for what they are, I really enjoy the films thus far and can't wait to see the final chapter “Women in Ecstasy” next year. Great Job Sebastian! I applaud you and support your work. I would love to be in or work on one of your films one day.

Bottom Line: This movie along with “Women in Trouble” isn't for everyone. With that being said you have to have a good appreciation for fun independent films in order to appreciate this film. Horny guys seeing this film hoping to see a lot of sex will surely be disappointed. This movie is very much a character driven film that tells a lot of interesting stories. There are a lot of laughs to be had but also quite a few heartfelt moments thrown in as well. “Elektra Luxx” is a movie that is definitely geared towards a mature and smart group. It has a beautiful and talented cast and I highly recommend it.
MovieManMenzel's final rating for “Elektra Luxx” is a 9 out of 10.
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