Nick Schager Reviews Elektra Luxx

Few sequels are less warranted than Elektra Luxx, a follow-up to 2009’s multi-character mess Women in Trouble that charts the further exploits of pregnant porn star Elektra Luxx (a charming Carla Gugino) as a means of continuing to promote the notion that, as Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s amateur smut-blogger states early on, “porn stars are people too.” Writer-director Sebastian Gutierrez’s ongoing saga normalizes porn as cathartic and empowering—or, as Elektra’s eventual self-help book about screwing like a starlet is described, “titillating and self-healing”—as if porn (and the desire to watch it) had to be a positive, good-for-you phenomenon rather than simply a natural, potentially enjoyable one.

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