After Porn Ends ★½

After Porn Ends is a mistake of a title for this documentary considering that two or three of the figures featured are out of retirement and still performing. In fact, at least two of them were performing when they appeared in this documentary!

That's porn, though. Your average medium-to-well known porn star retires about two or three times in their career - Eve Angelina, for instance, has done so and she's still only 27. Nonetheless, it's still an extremely bizarre oversight that represents an extraordinarily poor lack of research for a documentary that is supposed to be about how FORMER porn stars are faring in the 'normal world'.

To be honest, this documentary really does struggle to recover after that. The fact that this is really just a collection of interview clips with a selection of figures rather than an actual documentary made it immediately difficult for me to really take to and it is entirely reliant on the various former stars it has picked to be engaging with their stories.

Certainly, it makes the right decision by bringing on board Nina Hartley (one of the interviewees here who is still active in the industry), one of the most intelligent and well spoken figures in the history of the porn industry. Her thoughts about why many ex-porn stars turn to religion are especially interesting but the documentary frustratingly fails to build on this.

Born again Christians Crissy Moran and Shelley Lubben are interviewed, but with Moran only seemingly interested in putting on a performance for the cameras which somehow manages to be worse than the performances she put on as a porn star (she is right, though, she was a dreadfully uninvolving performer) it's left to Lubben to steal the spotlight.

Lubben is allowed off the leash to rant and rave about the evils of the industry but interestingly, although not at all surprisingly, fails to talk in detail about her own relationship with religion and how her Pink Cross Foundation is seen by many in the industry as nothing more than a recruiting front for her religious beliefs. Bizarrely, she doesn't even talk in detail about the good work she claims her foundation does. It's just yet another one of her unedifying rants.

So, not only does this documentary not actually spend nearly enough time talking about the lives of these stars AFTER PORN ENDS but it misses the chance to say some interesting things about the industry as a whole and to elaborate on the deserved criticisms it makes of it. Ultimately, it's a poorly made, sloppily researched and rather disinteresting documentary and, depressingly, far from the only one of its kind out there.