Polyamory is a romantic lifestyle that’s garnered a good amount of attention in the past few years (although research suggests it’s been in practice since the times of ancient Mesopotamia). Some of this mainstream attention can be attributed to my favorite reality TV show, Polyamory: Married and Dating, which airs on Showtime. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching it for those interested in getting involved with poly or those just curious to see the machinations of poly in action.
If you need a quick crash-course, polyamory is the practice of having “multiple loves;” poly-participants have more than one romantic/sexual partner at a time. Instead of calling themselves a couple, when 3 people date each other they use the term “triad,” and 4 or more partners are considered “pods.” These relationships (while not always equitable) differ from swinging-style partnerships in their intention. Poly people aren’t necessarily in it for the sex; it’s about the love that develops between the practitioners and their partners.
As with any trending sexual proclivity, it was only a matter of time before porno took the reigns and made their own version. Thankfully, the ultra-stylized and high-quality studio Erotica X was the first to tell a polyamorous tale, and I was pretty impressed with the results.
The film begins with Adriana Chechik and Logan Pierce standing outside on Adriana’s deck. Adriana is grinding against Logan’s crotch and doing her very best to seduce him, but he won’t bite. Logan is planning on asking his main squeeze, Riley Reid, to be his girlfriend. Unbeknownst to Logan, however, Riley is the least monogamous person in their friend group. Adriana tries to warn Logan that Riley dates around, but he insists on staying true to her and rejects Adriana’s many advances. Logan then leaves and goes to Riley’s, where he sees her in plain view preparing to fuck someone else.
Scene One: Riley Reid and Danny Mountain
Logan leaves in a huff, and the camera pans to Riley’s sexy romp with her other lover, Danny Mountain. While Logan may be hurt and confused by Riley’s perceived infidelity, she subscribes to the polyamorous view that people aren’t inherently monogamous. Riley is able to enjoy all of her lovers in different ways, and today she’s just decided to spend some time with Danny. And spend time she does! The couple caresses each other on a bed with roses strewn about and a bowl of strawberries beside them. This looks to be a very romantic moment, but things quickly turn raunchy as Danny begins eating Riley’s pussy from behind: hot! Riley somehow manages to remain glamorous as she returns the favor with some enthusiastic head, and then the two proceed to fuck in some well-shot, artful positions.
Scene Two: Adriana Chechik, Aidra Fox, and Logan Pierce
Heartbroken by what he’d seen at Riley’s house, Logan returns to Adriana’s to see if he can still cash in on her offer for sex. When he goes out back to her pool, he sees Adriana has company; she’s entertaining one of her other lovers. When Logan tells Adriana that Riley has been unfaithful to him, Adriana laughs and gives him the classic “I told you so” look. Logan is naive and trained by society to only understand monogamy, so Adriana invites him to join her and her girlfriend Aidra for a little poly lesson. Needing no convincing, Logan undresses and joins the couple for a little triad action. Throughout this scene, I really appreciated the equal attention each participant gave to and received from one another. This really echoed the core tenant of polyamory: living without favoritism or jealousy. Without the context of the plot, this is also just a super hot threesome with three extremely attractive performers.
Scene Three: Riley Reid and Jenna Sativa
Back at Riley’s house, Riley’s preparing for a romantic evening with another lover. This time, it’s her girlfriend Jenna. Unaware that Logan had witnessed her tryst with Danny earlier in the day, Riley bemoans that she hasn’t heard from Logan. She was planning on coming out to him about her lifestyle and wanted to help him understand it. Riley obviously still cares about Logan, but her attention quickly turns to Jenna when she sees the sexy dress and heels her girlfriend is wearing. Jenna empathizes with Riley’s concerns about Logan, but it’s obvious there’s some sexual tension that needs to be released between these two. Jenna and Riley make out passionately on the patio with a luxurious view of Los Angeles, and then head upstairs to the bedroom for a steamy lesbian scene (by far my favorite of the film). Typical to Erotica X productions, Riley and Jenna are wearing gorgeous lingerie, and making love in high-definition, beautiful positions. The girls opt out of using toys for this scene, but manage to explore every inch of each other’s bodies in an organic and very stimulating fashion.
Scene Four: Adriana Chechik and Danny Mountain
After a long day of fucking her different lovers, Adriana is seen walking up the steps to a really nice house with a look of sexual anticipation written across her face. This girl can’t get enough! When she walks inside, she’s greeted by none other than Danny – Riley’s lover from the first scene! Is this a close-knit group of polyamorous friends, or one kinda-complicated pod? I have no idea, but from their conversation one gets the impression that Danny is Adriana’s primary lover. Adriana joins Danny in the hot tub and exchange a long, loving kiss. In typical Adriana Chechik fashion, the kissing doesn’t last too long; she’d much rather be sucking dick. Immersed in the warm water of the tub, she expertly sucks and strokes Danny’s shaft at the same time, giving way to a considerable erection. Danny then props Adriana on the edge of the tub to administer a tongue-attack on her pussy, which she happily receives with incredulous moans. While the sex here is incredibly hot, the chemistry between Adriana and Danny is palpable and really sells the scene for me.
Overall, what this film lacked in a realistic portrayal of polyamory it made up for with well-shot sex scenes and beautiful sets. The plot and the sex seemed to exist in different realms, with the plot as somewhat of an afterthought, but it’s always exciting when porn takes notice of pop culture, or vice versa.