Bound and Gagged: A Love Story
| Our Rating:
L Factor: Major lesbian content
Short Take: Elizabeth can’t get Leslie to leave her husband, so she resorts to abducting her on a Minnesota road trip.
Duration: 94 min
MPAA: Not Rated
|Director: Daniel B. Appleby
Writer: Daniel B. Appleby
Starring: Ginger Lynn Allen, Karen Black, Chris Denton, Elizabeth Saltarrelli, Mary Ella Ross, Chris Mulkey
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It seems that this comedy is best known as an attempt for porn star Ginger Lynn Allen (Thinking XXX) to go mainstream as an actress. She actually doesn’t do a bad job. Two bisexual Minneapolis women are in a complicated relationship. Elizabeth (Elizabeth Saltarrelli) still sleeps with men, but she is really in love with Leslie. Leslie (Allen) can’t bring herself to leave her abusive husband Steve (Chris Mulkey, Foxfire), even though she imagines being with Elizabeth while having sex with him.
When Steve comes after Elizabeth, she has to get out of town fast, and when she can’t convince Leslie to flee as well, she literally binds and gags her. Off they go on a road trip through rural Minnesota with their friend Cliff (Chris Denton), who has just survived a suicide attempt.
Elizabeth explains that she is stepping in with an intervention, while the kidnapped Leslie merely feels like her girlfriend has taken over her husband’s role of running her life. With Steve on their tails, Leslie plans escapes, Cliff keeps unsuccessfully trying to kill himself, and Elizabeth is frustrated that her love for Leslie has taken a wrong turn.
As a comedy, there are some funny moments, but not consistently. There are several heterosexual sex scenes, but not a one between the two main characters (except a brief fantasy while Leslie is with Steve). (AB)