Stars: Emma Rigby and Johann Urb
Director: Tosca Musk
Based on the Novel by Alessandra Torre
Released September 20, 2017
Produced by Passionflix
Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood’s Perfect Husband is now Hollywood’s Sexiest Bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder.
Summer Jenkins. That’s me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplins, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year.
We were from different worlds. Our lives shouldn’t have collided. But then Cole Masten read a book about my small town. And six months later, his jet landed on our dusty airstrip, and he brought Hollywood with him.
From the start, I knew he was trouble.
For our town. And for me.
Sometimes, opposites just aren’t meant to attract.
I am so proud to be a founding member of Passionflix.
I’ve been waiting months, but the day has finally arrived! Hollywood Dirt, the first original romance novel adaptation from Passionflix, premiered on September 20. Adapted from the novel by Alessandra Torre, the film follows small-town girl Summer Jenkins, whose world collides with Hollywood when heartthrob Cole Masten and his crew come to town to shoot a movie. I’ve previously reviewed the book, so I won’t rehash the plot here, but want to focus on the adaptation.
Emma Rigby (Summer) and Johann Urb (Cole) have wonderful chemistry. Summer and Cole’s relationship starts out as enemies to lovers. The actors do a great job of taking that relationship from conflict and butting heads to heightened sexual tension and eventually, love.
Speaking of which, this movie is HOT. On the Passionflix BON (Barometer of Naughtiness) rating scale, it’s rated 5/NSFW. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this movie definitely delivers. The book is very sexy and the movie holds true to the book.
Since I just finished the book recently, it was quite fresh in my mind, and I was struck by how similar the movie is. With adaptations, you never know how much will be changed for the screen, but with Hollywood Dirt, much–if not the majority–of the dialogue is word-for-word from the book. I loved that, especially since I enjoyed Alessandra Torre’s writing style so much.
Additionally, I loved the inclusion of a diverse character: location scout Ben, who (as he is in the book) is gay and who’s played in the movie by a person of color, Feraz Ozel.
There are a few things that stood out to me, not as gripes because I loved the movie overall, but just a couple things I wanted to mention. To me, Emma Rigby’s accent is very Scarlett O’Hara and seemed to switch between Southern belle and British at times. I got used to it eventually, but in the beginning it was a bit distracting.
View Spoiler »This is semi-spoilery (and if you’ve read the book then you already know about this part), but there is a pretty climactic scene in the movie that involves vomit. I have a serious vomit phobia! So this is totally a personal issue, but I almost had to look away during that part. When I watch the movie again, I’ll definitely look away. Again, completely a personal thing, but something worth mentioning since I was hoping that scene wouldn’t be as graphic as the book, but it definitely is. « Hide Spoiler
There’s no shortage of abs galore, praise be. I am not complaining in that area. But the lead actress is nude during a couple sex scenes, yet where is the male nudity in this? Needs more male butts! 🙂 All jokes aside, the film is shot beautifully. The sex scenes are faithful to the book and definitely NSFW while also portrayed as emotional. As a viewer, it’s such an adjustment to watch a film that doesn’t cater to the male gaze, but it’s a damn refreshing feeling, too.
You can tell that this is a movie made by women, for women, that focuses on a woman’s journey to find pleasure, love, and happiness. It’s a true adaptation of the book and absolutely delivers that ever-important HEA.
Suffice it to say that Hollywood Dirt is wonderful and I give it an enthusiastic 5 stars. I love how it stays faithful to the book while bringing the characters to life and delivering some super hot sexy times to the screen. And I cannot wait to see the next movie that Passionflix has to offer.
Rating: 5 stars