Allyson is Watching (1996) from Tuna

Allyson, sweet and nearly innocent, is giving her first and only boyfriend a good-bye boff in the back of his pick-up, as she is off to Hollywood to become a movie star. She has won a contest, making her eligible for an acting school. She arrives, rents a one room apartment for $400.00/month from an obnoxious landlord, finds out that the contest was a fraud, but talks the drama coach into letting her in anyway, then finds out her next door neighbor is a hooker. The title comes from her listening through the door, looking through the keyhole, and getting off on the sights in the next room. Then she has a need to learn about hookers to prepare for an audition, and befriends the hooker. That is the set-up, and I will leave the rest for you to discover.

Allyson is Watching would be just another Softcore, this one a little light on sex and a little heavy on plot, except for one thing. Allyson is played by daytime soap star Jennifer Harmon, and she can act, gets totally naked several times, and has a very hot lesbian scene with the hooker, who is played by Caroline Ambrose. This scene alone makes the DVD worth watching.

The title in its original release has become collectable, and is now around $100 when you can find it. The good news is that Rare Licensed DVD now has it available at a reasonable price on a dual region (1 and 4) DVD with an English soundtrack and optional Spanish subtitles.
Allyson Is Watching DVD (1997)


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The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a C. Take away the plot, and the sex isn't good enough to recommend this film; take away the sex, and the plot is weak; but given a very good performance from Harmon, a good job by the supporting cast, and a very hot lesbian scene, this rates a solid C as a softcore "couples erotica" film.

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