Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to check out Jesse Jane: Blackmail. The film, produced by Digital Playground and directed by Robby D., tells the story of a former porn actress (played by Jesse Jane) who has settled down into a relationship with a tall, dark, handsome, and wealthy man (Manuel Ferrara). Everything seems to be going good until a shady guy (Scott Nails) from Jesse’s past shows up to rain on her parade, threatening to expose her seedy past to her new guy friend. Unless, of course, Jesse is willing to do certain things for Scott…
Which, because it’s a porn film, she does. At first, Mr. Nails seems perfectly content to blackmail Jesse Jane into simply having sex with him. However, of course, it doesn’t end there. Eventually, he returns, wanting Jesse to appear in another one of his porn films. Not willing to go along with that, he finally shows up just demanding money. Having enough of the bullshit, Jesse tells him to go pound sand. For his part, Scott decides that if he isn’t getting paid to keep the secret, fuck it, he’ll tell Jesse’s man. Which he does. However, Manuel tells Scott he already knew about Jesse Jane and her porno career and he’s actually a fan of her films. Ouch.
Overall, Jesse Jane: Blackmail has a really simple, straightforward plot. Additionally, the five hardcore scenes are also, unfortunately, very vanilla. All five scenes are straight guy/girl and none, including the two that Jesse Jane appears in, are all that memorable. And while watching Jesse Jane (and Lily LaBeau, for that matter) have sex is always a good time, this film isn’t one of her best performances. As much as it pains me to say, as I’m a huge Jesse Jane fan, Blackmail felt to me like a generic, mindless porn film. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, sometimes that’s all you need, but considering the talent that was involved with this thing, I felt that it wasted a lot of potential.
Jesse Jane: Blackmail isn’t a bad movie. However, it isn’t a great porn film, either. It’s really just…okay. Fans of Jesse Jane will of course want to take the time to check it out, but it probably doesn’t merit more than one or maybe two viewings. Had a little more effort been put into making a plot that wasn’t thrown together in five minutes, and some more spice been injected to any of the five sex scenes (maybe a couples scene, or girl/girl, etc.), it would have been enough to make the film a bit more memorable and something worth telling your friends about. That wasn’t the case, however, and as it stands, Jesse Jane: Blackmail is just another average porno film.