From the outset, Skow lets his audience know that we’re in for a nasty, wild ride that’s going to push the boundaries of feature porno. To be honest, I’m really not sure how to review this movie. Mother’s Little Helper has a lot to take in, and is one of Skow’s darkest movies yet. Having dealt with disability, kidnapping, grief, psychiatry, and family fantasies, Skow now tackles mental illness and pharmaceuticals as an homage to the Rolling Stones.
Here, the “little yellow pill” is anthropomorphized as a beautiful young Englishwoman in a yellow sundress, Emily, played by the stunning Ava DeLush. Emily is a ghostly presence, seducing housewife Angie (a deliciously unhinged Dana DeArmond) and haunting her family. This family includes Angie’s stepdaughter Bianca (a surprising, standout performance by Kasey Warner), Bianca’s father Mick (Evan Stone), and Mick’s ex-wife, pharmacist Claudine (Penny Pax gamely playing a role that might be a bit too old for her). On the periphery are Kasey’s boyfriend Pete (Dane Cross) and Keith (Alec Knight).
Scene 1 – Dana DeArmond and Alec Knight
The flick opens with Bianca and Mick begging Claudine to help Angie by bringing Emily back. We cut to Angie having a breakdown, sobbing on the floor with lipstick smeared all over her face, when Mick appears to help her. She accuses him of having murdered Emily, when he then reintroduces Angie to the yellow-clad Emily. Angie cries with relief and happiness, leading to an abrupt cut to Angie drinking from a bottle in a bedroom with Emily by her side, presumably in a flashback. Mother’s Little Helper is full of strange, abrupt, non-chronological edits, giving the audience a sense of disorientation and confusion. It might be annoying in any other movie, but under Skow’s vision, it works and serves a purpose. Keith appears in the doorway, bottle in hand and smirk on his face, and Emily orders Dana to “suck his knob.” Dana laughs and gamely crawls towards Keith, unbuttoning his pants and giving him a sloppy, gaggy, deepthroaty blowjob leading him to cum in her mouth. It’s a scene that doesn’t quite fit into the rest of Mother’s Little Helper, as Keith never appears again, but it serves to show how Angie’s illness and addiction to Emily leads to infidelity and burdens her family. Other than that, it’s a perfectly sexy BJ scene, and a great intro to Angie’s mania and Emily’s seductive control.
Scene 2 – Kasey Warner and Dane Cross
We cut again to Mick chasing Angie down the hallway, pulling her dress up, and ripping a patch off her belly so that he can flush it down the toilet against her protests. We cut again to Bianca and boyfriend Pete making out on the couch. It’s a classic “teens fuck before mom and dad get home” scene, and it works beautifully here. Throughout the movie, Bianca shows more concern and compassion towards her stepmother than any other character, and giving her a chance to fuck and have fun and be a normal young woman is refreshing and sweet. I’d never really noticed 20 year-old actress Kasey Warner before Mother’s Little Helper, but she’s definitely someone that I’m looking forward to seeing more of. She has some of the best acting chops that I’ve seen since Carter Cruise, and her fuck skills are sexy as hell. This is probably my favorite scene of the movie, with Pete fingering Bianca’s pussy and giving her tons of head before she returns the favor. They fuck in cowgirl, reverse, doggy, and spoon, and even get a little rough with Pete slapping Bianca’s tits. The cumshot barely registered, but I didn’t mind at all. Skow films the scene brilliantly, keeping his subjects well framed and lit, a testament to his time spent as a fashion photographer.
After the fuckery is over, Mick and Angie come home in the midst of fighting over the car keys; a frantic Angie refuses to hand them over, screaming that Mick murdered Emily. Mick gets them back from her and Bianca and Pete run for cover.
Scene 3 – Dana DeArmond and Ava Dalush
Well, here’s a bit of a mindfuck. The next scene opens with a shirtless Mick sitting down to breakfast, when Angie comes downstairs, looking radiant and smiley in a blue shirtdress and pretty hair. Mick asks when she had time to make breakfast, seeing as how she’s been asleep for three days after kissing Emily. Apparently this is NBD, as Mick and Angie are all smiles; Angie climbs onto Mick’s lap for some kissing and softcore reverse cowgirl. You thought this would be the sex scene? Think again, because suddenly Emily appears over Mick’s shoulder and a cut leads to a Sapphic session between Emily and Angie on a wood paneled room lit with gold light. They make out on the couch, smearing lipstick all over each other’s faces, before Angie goes to tease Emily’s pussy. It’s an erotic, spitty, playful lesbian scene, with lots of eyebrow raising dirty talk (“I’m gonna take care of you. You’re my little angel.”) Dana and Emily fuck each other like madcap teenagers, sniffing each other’s feet and sucking each other’s toes, constantly changing positions. One standout moment was Emily smothering Angie with her gorgeous ass in 69. They’re very bouncy and smiley, almost devilish in their interactions. Now, I normally love pretty, dirty lesbian scenes, but this was probably my least favorite scenes of the whole movie. Dana and Ava are two performers that I love, but they never quite settle into each other or give the viewer time to enjoy individual moments. But that’s just me; I tend to enjoy slower lesbian scenes, but people who prefer to watch two ladies just tear into each other will probably love this.
Scene 4 – Evan Stone and Penny Pax
As Dana cums, the action suddenly switches to some family scenes; Bianca hugs Claudine goodbye, the family and Emily maniacally laughing around the dinner table as they toast to Emily, and an unsettling conversation over breakfast where Angie forgets that Bianca is not her biological daughter. Claudine and her ex-husband Mick have a heart-to-heart over the situation; Claudine is jealous and confused about Angie’s relationship with Bianca, while Mick feebly tries to assure her that everything will be alright. Claudine takes this opportunity to seduce the ex that left her for a nut, and Skow’s bizarre editing shows that Mick’s cock is pretty much magically already out of his pants. She deepthroats his cock, moaning all the while, and he eats her ass while rubbing her clit. They have pretty standard porno sex; they don’t have a ton of chemistry, but they do look great together. I adore Penny Pax, but I think that this scene would have been stronger had Skow cast an older actress; maybe Dana Vespoli, Mercedes Carerra, or Cherie Deville, to name a few.
Scene 5 – Dana DeArmond, Ava Dalush, and Kasey Warner
So here’s where things get real weird. Without giving away the ending, Angie truly loses her grip on reality and cuts a swath of terror and betrayal through the family. Claudine, Mick, and Bianca meet, and Claudine insists that they have to kill Emily. Still feeling sympathy for her stepmother, Bianca pleads her case, until she walks in on Angie fucking Pete on the kitchen. Emotionally broken, Bianca falls to the calming, escapist seductions of Emily. It’s a madcap series of short scenes, and a testament to B. Skow’s ability to draw beautiful, believable performances from his cast. Kasey Warner in particular is excellent (it helps that she bears a striking resemblance to Shailene Woodley.) What happens next is a short (only about ten minutes long) but super weird and sexy threesome between Bianca, Angie, and ringleader Emily. Skow’s camera favors close-ups of his subjects’ bodies as they writhe around each other in blissful, hedonistic ecstasy. Angie and Bianca crowd around and worship Emily; at one point, Bianca tribs her while Angie sits on her face. It’s an improvement over the previous lesbian scene; the addition of a third woman anchors the performers, allowing them to settle into each others’ bodies. Despite its short length, this final scene is a superbly erotic and satisfying ending to Mother’s Little Helper.